How exhausted are you all?

(68 Posts)
petalpower Wed 26-Jun-13 22:19:26

On a scale of 1-10 just how exhausted are all you teachers at the moment? Every colleague (primary and secondary) I speak to is jus about dead on their feet. Why is it so bad for us at the moment? I think I'm a good 8.5 on the scale at the moment!

Lostmykeys Wed 26-Jun-13 22:22:29

Beyond exhausted. Can't work it out and need something to prop me up for the next couple of weeks.

cilldara Wed 26-Jun-13 22:24:46

Absolutely wrecked but I'm in Ireland and we are finished on Friday!! Oh happy day!

petalpower Wed 26-Jun-13 22:25:55

I should be writing reports now and planning and reading a document for a meeting that's tomorrow afternoon. So tired though and wondering if I go to bed now I'll be able to sleep then could get up at 5 to do the things I should be doing now. How mad is this?

Lostmykeys Wed 26-Jun-13 22:27:42

Mad but sometimes easier to get up early. No one sees this side of the job!

ninah Wed 26-Jun-13 22:29:19


petalpower Wed 26-Jun-13 22:31:06

Also have no kitchen (builders ripped it out on Monday), a birthday party for 17x11 year old girls to organise on Sunday, visitors for the weekend, husband working away, reports due on Friday .....

MrsShrek3 Wed 26-Jun-13 22:35:12

fairly. reports nearly finished and doing a consolidation week to secure some concepts and assess levels. next week looks like utter chaos hmm

barebranches Wed 26-Jun-13 22:36:30

im sooo tired. and as soon as one thing is done another crops up... plus im 7 weeks preg so even more in need of my bed! summer ....hurry... we need you!!

RNJ3007 Wed 26-Jun-13 22:39:39

I'm an 11... But then I'm still teaching full time for 3.5 more weeks, at 31w pregnant with Hyperemesis and SPD and zero understanding from SLT that I need to sit during class sometimes or I will collapse.

Roll on Summer Hols!

petalpower Wed 26-Jun-13 22:42:38

Why is it so hard for all of us? I would start counting down the weeks and days but there's so much to fit in before the end of term!

LauraPashley Wed 26-Jun-13 23:33:37

Very! BUT my last day is tomorrow grin!!

mignonette Wed 26-Jun-13 23:38:11

Well think of us poor nurses when you are on your Summer break.....wink

suze28 Wed 26-Jun-13 23:41:33

I'm two days off finishing my final teaching practice with two more uni days, then my PGCE is done. I'm tired but not as bad as I thought. I'm fully expecting it to hit me next week once I stop!

Arisbottle Wed 26-Jun-13 23:43:55


Although I have taken this evening off to see my daughter in a show, so I have to be up at 5am to mark a set of tests, so it may be closer to 7 tomorrow morning,

roughtyping Thu 27-Jun-13 08:24:05

10! I finished work for summer yesterday. Went on leaving night/my work hen night and to my shame, left at 10 with a pounding headache and barely able to keep my eyes open. Felt really horrible. But now, 6 weeks to sort myself out/sleep/get married!

GetStuffezd Thu 27-Jun-13 18:28:25

9. Going to bed early and still waking up feeling like I've been whacked with a bag of wet sand. Permanently gritty, itchy eyes.

BrigitBigKnickers Fri 28-Jun-13 10:31:16

10 and we still have over three weeks left- don't break up till the 23rd...sad

Fed up with scrutiny scrutiny scrutiny from SMT (main school in RI and awaiting HMI any minute.) I wouldn't mind so much but my part of the ofsted was outstanding...(in all four areas of the report- something the SMT haven't even acknowledged...)

If one more person talks about success criteria (which we have to provide differentiated at least three ways for every lesson) I will scream!

petalpower Fri 28-Jun-13 19:52:50

We have three weeks left too Brigit. At least it's the weekend! Wondering how long I can stay awake for - 9pm is looking the max at the moment.

MarianForrester Fri 28-Jun-13 19:56:13

Ok, tried to stop myself, but just maybe the six to eight weeks of forthcoming holiday will help.....? grin

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 20:05:51

Ha ha Marian. Our teacher friends have the grace to look a little embarrassed at my DH's face when they talk about exhaustion and not being able to wait for the long holidays. He runs his own building company (used to be a senior nurse manager), works 6 days a week from 7 until 6, paperwork too and doesn't get that holiday as he doesn't even get sick pay/holiday pay. He doesn't complain, enjoys his work but honestly, a teacher made to do what he does (and a nurse/lawyer etc) would collapse within a week let alone a

MiaWallace Fri 28-Jun-13 20:14:35

A 7. Survived OFSTED last week but feeling drained this week. Plus have another 4 weeks to go!

petalpower Fri 28-Jun-13 20:30:04

I don't think that anyone outside the teaching profession really knows what it's like. I don't want this to turn into a teacher bashing/long holidays thread. That's why it's in 'The Staffroom' topic. I'd argue that being up at 5.30am report writing, doing a full day in the classroom and then working until 11pm is a pretty full day in anyone's book.

Arisbottle Fri 28-Jun-13 20:33:18

It is intense, but in short bursts. I work long days because I choose not to work in the holidays. If I was willing to work in the holidays my days would be much shorter .

MarianForrester Fri 28-Jun-13 21:21:33

Ok, shall bow out and hide this topic

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 21:33:24

I have worked in Nurse Ed and one of my sibs is a teacher as well as my two closest friends of thirty years. I do know. I am not seeking to cause unpleasantness but I am seeing a lack of perspective and my teacher friends/relatives are the first to acknowledge this. Many many people work those hours all year round. They really do. My day starts at 7 after being on call two nights per week. I finish at half six then have notes to write up, professional education to legally keep up with, meetings and reviews involving driving across the country if one of my clients is in a prison/special hospital out of area and i get nothing in lieu nor payment for these travel hours....DH works longer hours with no holiday cover at all. Perspective sorely required.

Arisbottle Fri 28-Jun-13 21:34:04

Why are you hiding the topic Marian?

Although of course if she has hidden it she can't reply. grin

Arisbottle Fri 28-Jun-13 21:34:50

I have perspective mignonette, lots of people work harder than me and I have no desire to join them.

Arisbottle Fri 28-Jun-13 21:35:45

I really hope lots of people are not routinely working from 5am unti midnight, I only do that every now and again because I have long holidays in which I get to be my real lazy self.

justaweeone Fri 28-Jun-13 21:39:18

Ever thought about the support staff in schools?
Just saying ......

Arisbottle Fri 28-Jun-13 21:41:36

I am sure they work harder than me too and they don't always have the holidays and tend to earn less.

petalpower Fri 28-Jun-13 22:08:41

I really thought that this would be a 'blimey, it's a bit knackering out there in classroomland at the moment' type thread with other teachers. I don't think anyone's said that it's the hardest working profession above any other.

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 22:21:36

It's not the hierarchy of hard-working-ness I am really alluding too. Its just the lack of proportion about just how hard you really have it and a sense of proportion regarding what real exhaustion is like. Real exhaustion when there is no light at the end of the tunnel, no safety net of 6-8 weeks off (plus all the other holidays)..

You really do not have it that bad...

Arisbottle Fri 28-Jun-13 22:38:44

I don't think teachers have it bad and you will never see me saying we do, if I thought teachers had a raw deal would do a different job. Most teachers have qualifications and a skillset that means we have choices, so why would we choose to be taken advantage of?

roughtyping Sat 29-Jun-13 08:22:41

This is ridiculous. Are teachers not allowed to be tired? Are we not allowed to have a moan in case someone else in the world is worse off than us? That is not a good path to go down. I don't understand the hostility that can be shown towards teachers. This, as OP rightly pointed out, is the staff room topic - for teachers.

This is my third day off grin. Keep going, English teachers - soon you will have your amazing holidays wink

petalpower Sat 29-Jun-13 17:51:58

Well said Roughtyping - thank you.

MissAnnersley Sat 29-Jun-13 18:02:23

I am exhausted, definitely at 10. Broke up on Thursday. I've slept all afternoon and am jangling now. I'll be in school most of next week catching up on paper work.
I honestly feel a bit ill but will get my energy back soon.

bulby Sat 29-Jun-13 18:13:30

Comparing teachers to a physical job such as being a builder is a bit unfair and as others have pointed put, this is 'the staff room' . I think teaching makes me more emotionally tired- I've been

bulby Sat 29-Jun-13 18:15:29

Whoops .... I've been on the verge of tears all week. Not because I'm sad about anything but because I'm exhausted. Roll on 3 weeks and 2 days time!

mercibucket Sat 29-Jun-13 18:26:35

just started my hols and spent today feeling really ill

its the build up to any holiday that does it

Feenie Sat 29-Jun-13 18:52:31

Can I suggest that if you don't fancy reading a thread about how tired teachers may or may not be, three weeks before the end of the year, that you don't enter the fucking staff room?

Just a thought.

justaweeone Sat 29-Jun-13 21:57:09

Why don't we have a thread about my job is much more rubbish,than yours and how stressful it is,etc etc......
All job have their plus and minus points
I fairness in a school enviroment you all have the same time off a well as all the same end of terms etc so everything is heightened

justaweeone Sat 29-Jun-13 21:58:38

Waiting for a green pen

I'm definitely at 8 and there's still 3 weeks to go! confused DH is dead on his feet too. We are sound asleep by 10pm most nights and even on Friday this week.

englishteacher78 Sat 29-Jun-13 22:07:02

I'm about a 9. My DH is still getting used to me bringing home back - he thinks I work too hard. He is a policeman doing shift work. Long hours but he gets to leave work at work!

ninah Sat 29-Jun-13 22:15:15

the big plus that mignonette's dh has is controlling his own destiny, as opposed to being steered by the random and often conflicting winds of destiny, SLT initiatives, the LEA, Ofsted, HMI ...

HumphreyCobbler Sat 29-Jun-13 22:20:01

I really can't get over the fact that people come into this topic to have a go. Nowhere does it say that teachers are more tired than everyone else, just that they are tired. As I always was when reaching the end of the summer term.

Stellarpunk Sat 29-Jun-13 22:22:33

(checks location) - this is the staffroom isn't it?

Wind yer neck back in mignonette. Thank you. grin

englishteacher78 Sat 29-Jun-13 22:25:27


ninah Sat 29-Jun-13 22:25:27

I'm now at a 6. But that's because I am just about to become part time, and I've had half a bottle of red. I was asleep before my dc last night. I've done quite a few different jobs and this is definitely one of the most tiring.

fengirl1 Sat 29-Jun-13 22:27:08

I'm knackered (so make that about a 15). I had a cold which developed into a chest infection and then sinusitis which has left me deaf and with periodic earache for five weeks. I have quite a bit of released time but am worried about looking like I'm doing bugger all, so have taken on jobs which have involved me being thrown off websites for downloading too much! I'm just hoping my body doesn't do the 'oh I can relax now so I can get ill thing'.

funchum8am Sat 29-Jun-13 22:31:12

Mignonette your DH is not subject to the scrutiny teachers are. He knows the legislation he is subject to and sticks to it, presumably. He does not spend a ridiculous amount of time evidencing this, nor does he deal with emotionally damaged teenagers who he is expected to sit down and convince to appreciate Shakespeare when they are more concerned about domestic abuse at home/their mum who they are a carer for

cardibach Sat 29-Jun-13 23:36:52

I am knackered. At least a 10.
mignonette if teaching is so much better than your DH's job, why doesn't he retrain as a teacher?
Nobody has said we are more knackered than anyone else, just asking how knackered confused

saadia Sun 30-Jun-13 08:06:57

Same thing happened to me fengirl1 - totally exhausted and three more weeks to go, and every time I think I am on top of things I get given more stuff to do.

Rainbowinthesky Sun 30-Jun-13 08:28:40

A 10. For various reasons this term feels like the worst for work load despite being my 12th year. I am on the LMT and the amount of work I do for this does not equate to the pay and I honestly feel like stepping down in the next year or so.

Cerisier Sun 30-Jun-13 08:38:34

Why don't schools break up now and go back mid August? Our school decided to do this a bit ago as the Head reckoned the weeks in July were far less useful than the weeks in August when everyone had had a break.

The move was very popular with everyone and is working well. It means the autumn term is long but this seems preferable to prolonging the agony in July.

We broke up last week grin.

englishteacher78 Sun 30-Jun-13 09:04:41

But that first half term in Autumn is already really long!

Arisbottle Sun 30-Jun-13 09:06:51

I would not want the autumn term to be any longer.

cardibach Sun 30-Jun-13 09:24:50

I wouldn't want a term stretching for mid August to late December! The kids have stopped really learning by the last couple of weeks as it is - can't see that extra weeks would help.

zirca Sun 30-Jun-13 09:25:02

8? Been ill all last week, horrible virus thing. Went in anyway but was barely capable of driving home at night, then had to look after small baby. Rested yesterday, got up early today to finish reports that I had planned to do last week! The children are tailing off too. Counting down 'till the summer hols. Cannot wait to actually spend some time with my child when I'm not exhausted!

Tbh I worked in an office before this, and at one point worked a 7 day week, with my weekend job being a physical one. It was nothing like as exhausting as this, I didn't really need my holidays to recuperate, and I had a fab social life. Shame I didn't know what I was getting into before I retrained!

Stellarpunk Sun 30-Jun-13 09:43:45

Good god, that autumn term is long enough... That's the killer! grin

Stellarpunk Sun 30-Jun-13 09:44:07

I'm at about an 8 too.

MissAnnersley Sun 30-Jun-13 09:55:08

In Scotland we get a holiday in October.

Am feeling very slightly better today and can't wait not to have that Sunday night feeling.

petalpower Sun 30-Jun-13 10:30:20

Agree with you saadia just when you think things are going to calm down another task comes along. Parents evening, music gala, sports night, reports (in with HT at the moment but will no doubt need further tweaking), pupil referral meetings, subject leadership SEF meetings, trips (risk assessments arghhh ...) and so on. I'm glad it's not just my school that's like this.

englishteacher78 Sun 30-Jun-13 10:37:33

I think it's all schools! Currently drowning in reports here!

roughtyping Sun 30-Jun-13 10:54:56

Schools here are the same - just completely overloaded. Implement this, this, this new initiative. Go and observe each other doing it. Evidence it. Display it. Tick, onto the next thing...

As well as developing our own brand new topic planners for every topic, making sure all our lessons are active and fully differentiated, recording every resource (both hard copy, online and teacher made) we use... Gah!

cardibach Sun 30-Jun-13 22:01:52

I have 9 class sets of reports to write next week sad

petalpower Sun 30-Jun-13 22:04:07

Cardibach sad
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