My school expects a lot and I feel that I am being expected to put up with an unreasonable amount of work and pressure. Apart from frequently being in breach of the workload agreement, my school is heavily involved with the wider community and we are often asked to give up our evenings and weekends. I'm just wondering if anyone has ever challenged this and what happened?
Ultimately if it is that sort of bullying school, your main option is leaving and trying to find a better school. There is a tendency for teachers to be martyrs; combine this with management who overload teachers and you have problems. Your profession is teaching and everything should be focused on that. Being a professional does not mean being a mug. I do include lots of the extras we do as part of teaching, but it has to be realistic.
I recently worked out on average how many hours I work over the whole year compared with a friend who has an office job and generally works a strict 8.30 to 5.00 with a 30-minute lunchbreak. We work roughly the same hours over the year assuming that she gets 28 days' holiday and I take my full holiday time (which doesn't happen!).
Heavy workload is one of the reasons why so many young teachers are leaving the profession, retiring early due to ill health. Don't accept it. Join a union. You are entitled to a lunch hour and a private life. Every year, my September resolution to do less work at home has failed abysmally. But this year will be different. I mean it!
I have challenged our head on our "worklife balance" - if you use this terminology it seems to apply a certain pressure that makes them take slightly more notice.
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