From the forums

30th September 2011 at 01:00

How many hours do you work?

Eleven hours a day is plenty for me.


7am till 5pm at school. Then about 6-8pm at night. Then about five hours at weekends. It's been a while since I calculated it. Sickens me, really.


At present, 70-75 a week. I'm senior leadership team, though. New to the school, too. Just so much to do and Ofsted looming. It never ends.


I get in at 7am and then get kicked out at 6pm. I'm having to spend about two to three hours a night working at home. Oh, the joys of being under a new regime.


When I was on strike in June and lost a day's pay, I worked out that I was earning about six quid an hour.


I love my job when I am in the classroom with the kids. But as I sit here ready to face another Sunday afternoon of marking and then paperwork, I just feel p'd off. If I take any time off during the week after school hours, I spend an ENTIRE weekend day catching up.


I loved being in the classroom, but got fed up with working every Friday night and Saturday-night marking. On Sunday afternoon my mood would change as I got my planning folder out. Sadly, I am happier now in a nine-to-five job.


I get in at 7.30am and leave at 5pm, with half an hour for dinner and 10 minutes for lootea break. That's eight hours, 50 minutes a day.


I don't take a break or lunch - only a quick dash to the loo. I eat at my desk while working.


When I had a post it was about 70 hours a week. Now I can't get a job, so nil.


It makes me really angry when people feel they have to work through to get things done - a member of the SLT gives the "nice for some" comment when they see you eating at lunchtime. Poor them, having to do lunchtime supervision when they have their one lesson a week that day. One of my colleagues makes sure we know when she is working through her lunch, with the usual "I'll have a lunch break this side of half-term, guffaw, guffaw".


Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now