Angry teaching unions called on Michael Gove today to "sit in the corner with your finger on your lips and really think about what you just said".
The Education Secretary has angered teachers by suggesting that they should occasionally have a month at work which doesn't include at least one week's holiday. NUT President Martin Reed told reporters "Michael needs to concentrate harder and not listen to everything his friends tell him, especially that Dave Cameron, who's a bad influence. It's his own time he's wasting with these silly ideas.
"Termtimes are the length they are for a reason. Teachers need this time for marking, preparation, long camping trips in France and calculating who owes which portion of the bill whenever they eat out. Some of those menus are devilishly complex, and the stress of correctly apportioning puddings which come with the prix fixe versus those which a colleague has ordered from the special board can add an hour or more to a meal out. And we're never off duty anyway, I had to shout at Michael last week for running down the corridors of power"