'Teaching is workload-addicted. Teachers seem to believe hard work equates to love for one’s pupils'

There is another way: teachers can achieve the outcomes they are currently killing themselves for, writes a teacher at the controversial free school Michaela 
On the fourth floor of an unremarkable, grey, pebble-dashed, concrete block of a school building, overlooking the littered streets of Wembley Park, sits our staffroom. Large in size, its open, airy feel makes it arguably the nicest room in the school.


Before we opened in 2014, our headmistress, Katharine Birbalsingh, had to fight with the builders and designers redeveloping the building to ensure that this room did not become the sixth-form common room, but that instead it would be a space for teachers.


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