Just read some interviews with Head Teachers, all of whom said they worked 70+ hours a week - i.e an average 10 hour day including weekends. Maybe it's true. We hire a primary school hall for choir practice so I know the Head is always in his office that evening until well after nine pm. I believe he's there most evenings until late. It's an average size school (c.240 on roll, I would think,) and in a semi-rural small town with few social problems and plenty of parental, staff and local community support. He may do a small amount of class teaching on occasion but I believe it's relatively rare. As a fairly recently retired secondary teacher (ex MFL HoD), I do wonder what extraordinary pressures there are to so dominate a Head's working life that there is, it would seem, little or no time for a personal or family life. I cannot see that such demands can really be good either for the Head, their family or or indeed the school a a whole. What would most help Heads to cut their work load and allow them to both do their job and lead a more balanced life ?