I have always felt that English teachers have a hard deal. Certainly our marking workload must be one of the heaviest, not only because we have to mark tons of writing, but also because it is so hard to jugde work objectively and give a mark/grade. Also, we have to create so many of our resources. I have been working as an LSA for the past two years and this has only confirmed what I always thought. In Science I see little work in the books, the teachers teach from text books and then mark a lot of work in the lessons with the students because there are right/wrong answers. Maths teach from a text book and do the same. RS and History are still better off than English teachers as they do have text books they can use. It does not seem fair that we get the same amouht of non-contact as other subjects. I know that all teachers work hard but English is definitely the worst. My husband is a music teacher and works nowhere near the hours I do, as does the drama teacher, yet he is always getting gifts and pats on the back when his students perform in front of parents. I know that concerts and drama rehearsals are hard work and stressful but they get time off timetable with the kids to rehearse whilst we cover their lessons. The best English teacher in my school works 3 days a week but actually works 5 even through the holidays so that she can do a really good job.