Currently going through a very difficult situation at work but as part of the ongoing discussion I identified that there was an increased workload this year (anybody disagree? Thought not, my HT, FH and HR have put in writing that there has been no increased workload this year). I have responsibility for two completely different N4/5 subjects and have had to develop these whilst teaching on a min timetable including 3x nat4/5 class, and an Int2/Higher. Also one of these subjects is a low uptake in Scotland so no resources at all have been produced, not even Leckie and Leckie course notes/pass papers so I literally wrote a textbook, Both subjects have internally assessed added value. For the previous two years I ran the department solo as we were short staffed and my FH is from a different subject so deals with the admin side but not much else, even compared to that this year has been hell! I'm also pregnant. I identified that with this larger than ever before workload I was struggling and asked for extra support. My school refused. I then asked for union support, I felt what was being asked of me was not possible in 35 hrs. The HR and schools response was that if I am working over 35hrs a week it is because I am unable to manage my time, that there is no increased workload this year and that everyone is in the same position and I am the only one not coping. The union has just told me not to do over the hours and if stuff doesn't get developed, tough! Bit late now for that. If I hadn't worked over 35hrs I would not have had anything to teach my pupils, I wouldn't have got through the course, added value wouldn't have been marked and not even half of the outcomes would have been assessed, I also wouldn't have managed to prepare for verification five times (yes five, and we passed them all so far). Therefore I would have probably been disciplined! But as it stands I did that work and was subject to an aggressive and upsetting telling off from HT. Lose lose! So my questions are; - Do you agree/disagree that there has been no increased workload this year? - Am I correct that only computing, engineering science, graphic communication, practical wood/metal have internally assessed added value? - How many teachers in your school have sole responsibility for developing and teaching two completely different N4/5s? and finally am I really the only one not coping?!