Primary NQT. I hate teaching so far. The planning expectations at my school are ridiculous (detailed written plans for every lesson) and I'm working over 80 hours a week (89 last week) but still not getting everything done. I'm doing more paperwork per lesson than I did as a trainee. I'm exhausted. I don't feel supported. My class are very behind academically and also exhibit the most challenging behaviours in the school. I've got three children who really struggle and am getting a new child on Monday who apparently also struggles to behave. All people keep saying to me is that it will get better. My TA spends more time tidying, organising and generally avoiding her job than actually doing what I've asked of her and supporting learning. We're single form so I don't have a year partner. I was told there was plenty of planning from last year to use. There is none that is particularly usable. It's a couple of sentences at best with no resources and a lot of it pitched too high for my class. Every time there's a meeting (all the time!), more boxes get added to planning proformas and more things squeezed onto timetables or a subject leader decides they want a whole different marking policy just for their subject. I've had enough. Nobody has actually sat down and gone through the marking policy as yet. I know I just need to make it through the year and then change schools but I cannot keep working like this. All day, every day. I'm the first to arrive, the last to leave then there's more to do when I get home. Weekends are a thing of the past. I have said to my mentor and my head that I am struggling. It has been brushed off with "It gets better." and "You do have to work long hours in teaching." Just needed to vent. I've never wanted to do anything but teach. I've spent years as a TA and did not go into this blind but now I don't see myself staying past this year. What other careers are there? If I was to resign in time for Christmas, how do I explain that to other schools if I decide to move elsewhere?