Myself and most colleagues have always gone in at the start or end of holidays, to do things which are difficult with pupils in, leaving the middle for ‘me time’ or planning etc...when we choose. One school then began only opening in the second week of the summer holidays. In another school, one line manager would contact staff in the holiday, requesting that they to go into school to help with various situations ( due, in my view, to lack of organisation) and making demands for work to be done by given dates in the holiday or by the first day of term. The impact of not having head-space to just be yourself and not be a teacher is, I think, immense. The middle of the holiday, particularly summer, is the only time teachers can truly switch off. It is easy to say ‘don’t respond’, but when one receives a message asking urgently to contact/look at email etc... it can be alarming, you worry about colleagues/the pupils. Then demands are there and that ‘space’ is lost. Not only is this not allowed, but it is so important for managers to appreciate the hours and hours which staff put in during the term with long days, clubs, residentials, weekend work... (and voluntarily in holidays) and allow them time to be themselves.