I work at a boarding school as Head of Drama. Currently have department of two plus a grad student who works all the hours! Next year being told I’m losing the grad student, but still expected to keep same level of extra-curricular work - I.e. 5 productions a year, tech club, backstage club, playwriting club, arts award etc. The head of music only teaches 1 hour a week of academic lessons because of his extra-curricular workload, which is less than mine currently and will be substantially less when I have to pick up an extra third to cover for all the work my grad student does. I teach 13 hours a week - still lovely by state sector standards, but I have a 60 hour contact week with marking/planning/set painting on top of that. The late nights and weekends are set to match the local boys school, but the head of drama there gets accommodation and a much higher salary than I do. Currently I have to live in the most expensive town in the county because if I didn’t have a 5 min journey to work I’d go insane and never see the inside of my flat! My union basically said sorry you work in a private school - but surely the “reasonable request of HT” won’t stand up when not a single other member of staff in whole school has the anti-social hours I do and my equivalent in music teaches 12 hours less a week than I do? Head of sport never works past 6pm. I work til 9:30 three nights a week. Has anyone had any luck with trying to stop the tide of screwing over the young(ish!) single member of staff because no kids obviously equals no requirement to be anywhere but school? It’s a HMC school if that makes any difference? They don’t have to adhere to the burgundy book do they? Or does it just mean they generally pay same or more than state.