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Do most Heads really work 70+ hours a week ? And if so, is it a Good Thing ?

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by Oldcrofter, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. install

    install Star commenter

    Most teachers work excessive hours - let alone some heads. But heads get much better pay. The best heads in my experience know where to draw their boundaries between home and work - and set an appropriate example for their colleagues. Heads that work smart are good at balancing working hours/delegation/ roles and duties.
  2. thejudgesscoresarein

    thejudgesscoresarein Occasional commenter

    I think it’s unhealthy to be working extremely long hours like this- and if you are, you’ve got to ask yourself how you can manage your time better?
    I get that the HT role is more than a 8:30-3:00 job, but you’ve got to balance your home life with your work life.
    On a standard typical day, I will arrive at work between 7:30am- 7:45am and leave by 5:30pm at the latest (unless there is a function on at school) - I don’t expect my staff to work long hours either, and I always recompense with TOIL if they’ve worked extra hours for a school event.
    welshwales and install like this.
  3. abacus1982

    abacus1982 Established commenter

    Typical day would be 7:15am to 4:45pm. That's a 9 and a half hour day as I tend to be on duty at lunchtime. Obviously there are then additional extras like PTA meetings, governor meetings etc. That equates to best part of 50 hours a week usually. Can't think of many weeks of 70 hours unless there's parents evenings etc.

    I do find as a HT I spend a lot more time thinking about work than I ever did as a teacher. Tends to be on my mind a lot earlier after waking up then it ever used to be!
  4. welshwales

    welshwales Occasional commenter

    I'd agree with Abacus1982, tend to be at my desk for 7 and leave around 5 unless I have a meeting..but may check emails etc throughout the evening til a cut off point. I want my staff to know that some uninterrupted home life is vital to their - and my - ability to do their job well, which is why I've tried to cut directed time to the bare minimum too....
    Like you, abacus1982, I do find myself thinking about work straight away when I'm up and about, but that's OK, gets the gears going ;)

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