Hi all, I have never posted here before. Nor am I a teacher. However I married one and I need some advice. You all seem like a nice bunch so here goes. Forgive me but I am going to keep this fairly generic and high level. I have known my wife for 3 years now and in that time I have watched her work incredibly hard, marking books and preparing lessons well past midnight and more often than not getting up early in the morning at 5AM to finish off. Like most of you she also works weekends, usually most of Sunday afternoon. As far as I can tell she is a good teacher who cares about the kids. She gets good ratings and performance reviews. Seems to have done well with OFSTED ( the stress leading up to, during and after such reviews is quite frankly ridiculous ). The school however appears to be less than supportive, piling on extra work and numerous seemingly unnecessary meetings. My wife has put up with all this for a long time. However I can tell she is reaching her limit. I am trying to support her best I can but honestly, I would much prefer if she left the school ( if not the profession - I don't know if it is really going to be better elsewhere). Frustratingly as I understand it, you cannot interview for a new role unless you get a reference from your current role and taking time off. This is a huge barrier to moving on and I know she will not take the risk. Is this correct? Are there any alternatives? I doubt this is any different to any of your experiences and I do not believe for a moment my wife's circumstances are somehow special. However I am really struggling with how I can support her and I need to understand a bit more about whether this is really normal and what her options really are. Thanks for reading all that!