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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:16 am
by Angry Pixie
How many hours a day does a state school English teacher work?

I am a secondary English teacher working in an independent school. I currently work about 10 hours a day not counting parents evenings, open days, etc. My husband and I are thinking of relocating. I want to leave teaching as I am not coping well with the stress and pressures placed upon me by a very demanding head teacher who appears to have no sense of a work/life balance. We have two children so I am unwilling to spend every waking hour working which I feel I could easily do. My husband - a music teacher - says he is willing to go back into the state sector. I am not due to the behaviour and marking workload. He currently works about 8 hours a day.

Any English teachers out there - how many hours a day/week would you say you work?

When I tell my husband I am unwilling to go back to the working until late every week night and also at the weekends he says that I wouldn't have to and I just need to cut more corners. What do you think?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:28 pm
by jeffnev
I am sorry to hear that you have been suffering from stress due to your current position. While I am now in my silver years and no longer in the profession, I would find myself working 3 hours each weekday evening and at least a day in total at the weekend.

If you are no longer willing to remain in teaching, do you have a firm idea of what else you would like to do?

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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 6:15 am
by VictorF
What other skills do you have? i have a friend who used to be an Englush teacher and now writes freelance online on job sites like

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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 11:28 am
by OlegAney
Sadly it's the same story I hear from teachers I know saying good teachers are
leaving after fighting against bad, autocratic heads.

Even worse, teaching is not an occupation that you can leave at the door when you go home at the end of the day. In your case when couples are both in education the danger of taking the static and hum of a day’s teaching home with you is more than doubled. Is this what we came into teaching for?

All in all, I think that finding a new job when relocating can be difficult, but it’s not impossible.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:18 pm
by jb2086
Hi AngryPixie,

I used to be a secondary English teacher, and found the workload very heavy.

TALIS and The Teacher Workload Survey say that the average working hours range from 54.4 hour p/w for classroom teachers and middle leaders, to 60 hours p/w for senior leaders .

I've now left the classroom, and I'm doing a PhD in Education. I'm looking at the experiences of independent school teachers to see how they compare to the state sector, and workload is one of the things that I am interested in.

If you have a spare 5-7 minutes, please feel free to comple my pilot study: ... XwELcthdo9

Hope you get some rest over summer.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:07 am
by Ms.Milania
I know how you feel and i will say that if you truly cannot find the energy to go on then please get out!

As someone else said the kids deserve better. First, get clear on what you want. Make a list of potential dreams jobs. You know, the one that gets your heart racing the most? That is the one to follow. However, i will ask a safety question- Can you afford to quit? Do you have the money to support you for the next 2.5 years, just incase the search and settling in takes longer?

Fingers crossed. Keep us updated dear.