Dear James I have an issue with the amount of work I am doing - I want to check whether I am doing too much or whether what I am doing is normal. I teach MFL in a secondary school. The SoW is a list of topics with no resources attached, I have to plan and produce everything. There is no opportunity to share lessons, in fact I have been told by my mentor (HoD) that I will not learn anything by using anyone else's lessons so she will not give me access to anything from her or anyone in the dept. I get to school at 7 and leave at 5 to collect my daughter from nursery. I eat and play with her, put her to bed and then at 7pm I start work again. I work until 10 or 11 at night depending on the amount of marking I have. I also work from 10am - 4pm on Saturdays and generally do 10-2 on Sunday (if I have a routine timetable, I find I get more done and waste less time, hence the timings). I am at breaking point. I find my sleep is now erratic, I am bad tempered and getting very fed up of school - and yes, I know there are 4 weeks to half term!! I have tried to talk to my mentor about this but she has simply said that this is what the first 3 years of teaching is like and I will get used to it. I have said that I am struggling to come up with lessons as I sometimes cannot understand the SoW and she has said that we will have a short meeting every week to discuss this with the other members of the dept. This was in NOvember and it still has not happened. I have tried to make her understand that I am not trying to get out of working but that I am extremely tired and would like to see more of my daughter and husband. I have been told that I can't have special treatment because I have a child. This isn't what I was asking for. I have spoken to my SMT mentor who has said that I need to have another explicit conversation with her before he will do anything about it - I can understand his point but really don't see what this will achieve. So my point is (sorry...) that I need to know what else I could say to my mentor to get her to give me some support - perhaps a more detailed SoW, perhaps access to some lessons? Would you (or anyone else) have any advice? I am so tired, I nearly drove into another car ont he way home tonight.