A teacher with more than 30 years experience has described how she “broke down” with the pressure of working in the coronavirus pandemic.
She said it left her so drained she didn’t want to go into the job she loves. Only her determination not to let her classes down made her go back in.
The science teacher, who works in a secondary in rural Wales, is adamant “children should be in school” but said the first half term was hard for everyone.
Teachers were “on their knees” with exhaustion as they prepare and teach both face to face and online lessons.
Some have been eating lunch in their cars because there is no space in staff rooms because of social distancing and canteens are closed.
Teachers, not pupils, now move classrooms in high schools, which means they no longer have a base and there is nowhere in her school to make coffee and tea.
“I have been a teacher for decades but a couple of weeks ago I came home and it took all my resolve to go back in to school next day. I was so physically drained by it all. It is indescribable. I just broke down.
“Everybody is just on their knees with extra work and new ways of working.
“It took all my years of teaching experience to adapt to teaching like this.
“I now teach science in a classroom with no resources and we have to teach blended and face to face.
“I came home at breaking point. This takes all my skills after