Letter: Teachers' holidays

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Sir: Teachers have an incredibly demanding and stressful job - but so do lots of other people. My partner is a senior manager in the NHS, responsible for over 400 staff. She spends a great deal of her spare time and holidays preparing for the things that need to be done when she returns to work. Her salary is roughly the same as that of a headteacher. She has six weeks' holiday a year.

By all means improve the pay of teachers and recognise their dedication and professionalism, but is it not time to drop the notion that they, uniquely, need three months off every year to "recharge their batteries"?