how many hours do you actually work?

(36 Posts)
deriT Sat 12-Sep-15 19:55:59

I am exhausted, after only a week and a bit back. I think I must do 70-80 hours a week in term time, and probably about 20-30 in the holidays. Is this normal? I'm so tired but not sure if a change of school or career would solve things?

PotteringAlong Sat 12-Sep-15 19:57:35

I don't work in the holidays. No more than 2 or 3 hours. I'm prepared for the next term before the holidays. In term time, probably about 40 hours a week with a 0.6 contract.

PotteringAlong Sat 12-Sep-15 19:58:30

But yes, it was about 70 hours a week when I was full time (last academic year!). I still didn't work in the holidays though.

PenelopePitstops Sat 12-Sep-15 19:58:48

55hrs on full time contract in term time, occasionally over.

Holidays I cram and do about 10 hours per week.

You sound frazzled and ready to burn.

DansonslaCapucine Sat 12-Sep-15 20:00:28

Not normal.

I would say I work 40-45 hours per week term time and 0 hours in the holidays.

deriT Sat 12-Sep-15 20:00:41

The thing is, I'm still only just keeping my head above water. To do it properly I'd need to never sleep. I can't see a way out other than resignation.

IguanaTail Sat 12-Sep-15 20:02:50

12 hour days and about 6 hours at the weekend. This week has been a lot more though.

Blexie Sat 12-Sep-15 20:04:39

I'm full-time, salaried. On paper that's 35.7 hrs per week. In practice I rarely take my 30min lunch break am usually working 30-45 mins before my start time and am often still working 15-30mins after my finish time. And more in the run up to Xmas (2-3 months in our industry)

deriT Sat 12-Sep-15 20:12:56

It's funny how much it differs. I think I'm pretty efficient, and certainly in other jobs it's not been like this. 70 hour people, what sort of school are you in?

deriT Sat 12-Sep-15 20:14:09

Blexie is that retail?

Millie3030 Sat 12-Sep-15 20:21:54

Start at 8am
Finish at 5pm on a 'normal' day, but if there are parents evening, open evening, presentation evening, tutor evenings etc we finish at 9/10pm, they are tiring doing 13/14 hr days!!
I don't usually have lunch, if if did I wouldn't finish until 6pm on a normal teaching day.
I have been teaching for 10 years, love it though. You don't go into teaching for the money or the hours - despite what some people believe, they just get an eye roll from me when they bleat on about the 9-3 rubbish!

Millie3030 Sat 12-Sep-15 20:23:05

How long have you been teaching? Are you an NQT? Because those hours are probably normal at the start but it does get easier, I promise!

EvilTwins Sat 12-Sep-15 20:26:25

I probably do about 55 a week in term time and vastly less than that in the holidays. It sounds like you're doing too much - are you working efficiently? I know that I get carried away with planning sometimes - particularly for KS5 because I enjoy it (!) but could probably get away with less than I do if I wasn't so bothered.

deriT Sat 12-Sep-15 20:37:20

ah no, I've been teaching for 10 years

deriT Sat 12-Sep-15 20:38:10

And it's mostly not planning. I'm in a private school so 50+ hours are just in directed time. I scrimp on the planning and marking!

EvilTwins Sat 12-Sep-15 20:44:56

50+ directed time? Doing what exactly? I teach 5 hours per day plus tutor time and break counts as directed time plus one meeting per week so normal week directed time (state comp) is 28 1/2 hours. I choose to do another 3 hours of extra-curricular drama and obviously some weeks there are parents evenings or whatever, but what on earth are you being directed to do for another 20 hours a week?

MissMillament Sat 12-Sep-15 20:47:13

Most days, I am in school at 7.30am and leave at 6pm. No break, 15 mins for lunch. Four nights a week I work a couple of hours after the kids are in bed and usually 6-8 hours at the week end. So that adds up to 65-70 hours a week in term time. Half-term and holidays I work about half of the time - so probs 30 hours a week, with three weeks off in the summer where I really don't do anything.

letsghostdance Sat 12-Sep-15 20:55:20

Oh my goodness, I'm so glad I work where I do. I arrive at 8:15 and start teaching at 9. Take my full break and lunch. Leave school at 4:30 every day and always do another 30 - 45 mins in the evening. About 3hrs on average on a Sunday. I love my job very dearly and do it well, but I refuse to let it take over my life.

deriT Sat 12-Sep-15 20:58:42

lessons are 8-5, 8.30 - 12.30 on Saturdays, plus one meeting.

Philoslothy Sat 12-Sep-15 20:58:48

I used to do about 70 hours in an SLT position but never worked in the holidays - there was an element of choice.

Now I am a complete lady of leisure and although I miss my job I don't think I would go back

PenelopePitstops Sat 12-Sep-15 21:03:12

Deri your job isn't normal! What kind of school is this?!

Is the money worth it seeing as you're in private?

deriT Sat 12-Sep-15 21:04:07

money is roughly equivalent, slightly less than state

Philoslothy Sat 12-Sep-15 21:07:53

Doing those hours in term time and then working in the holidays is madness. No job is worth that.

avocadosarentmiddleclassed Sat 12-Sep-15 21:18:17

Im doing similar hours full time in a state primary- I am an NQT though.
Finding it quite inconceivable getting this year done without having some kind of breakdown sad

PenelopePitstops Sat 12-Sep-15 21:27:37

Less than state! shock

Run run like the wind.

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