Much is made of the heavy workload that teachers often have to face and deal with, but that doesn’t mean that they should have to give up most of their lives to do their job or risk their mental health as a result. However, as one union leader points out teacher stress is increasingly becoming part of the job and tales of professionals trying to cope with unfair, unnecessary and unreasonable demands, edicts and targets are leading some people to sacrifice their health, relationships and happiness to fulfil their teaching roles. Mary Bousted, who is the general secretary of the ATL education union, believes that it is important for teachers to have the time to be human. https://www.tes.com/news/school-new...rs-crying-their-kitchen-floor-because-stress’ Do you feel that you have given up too much of your life to the job? Do you have time to do things away from work? Have you given up teaching because of the long hours, impossible edicts and targets or the high level of stress involved? What needs to be done to turn the tide, and make the education profession a less stressful industry to work in?