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how much time do you spend...?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by lisa_maf, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. lisa_maf

    lisa_maf New commenter

    Just wondering how much time you spend out of school planning and preparing resources and lesson planning at home? I've recently returned to a KS2 part time teaching position working 2 days a week. Currently I spend about 2-4 hours a week at the weekend doing prep and planning for my 2 days. In addition I usually take a day or 2 in the holidays to plan topics such as RE/ PSHE/ French for the half term. To me this feels excessive and is beginning to impact negatively on my weekends. I have small children so cannot work during the day on my days off, so tend to do it at the weekend when my other half is home.

    I usually stay for 2 1/2 hours after school both of my working days. I have worked in other primary and junior schools and worked a similar work pattern in my last school but didn't have to nor feel the need to work quite so much at home. I also didn't need to put in so many hours after school either. I'd like to hear how other teachers tackle their work life balance, especially if you are also PT.

    Ta, l_m :)
  2. May2

    May2 Established commenter

    Although some may do less, I wouldn't think the hours you are doing is that unusual. Sorry but I think this is the way it is now in most schools.
    Kartoshka likes this.
  3. lardylegs

    lardylegs Occasional commenter

    I think you are doing quite well there, especially only 2-4 hours at weekend. Most teachers in my school are there till 5 pm, a few are still there at 6 pm. (most arrive at 8 am)
  4. Ds2d12

    Ds2d12 Occasional commenter

    I think at times you just have to put your foot down. I won’t work over the weekend, I don’t bring my laptop home. Things might not get done or things might be a hastily put together, but I’m not spending my weekend working.
  5. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    No time. I start work during the week at 7.30 a.m. and leave any time between 4 and 6 depending on essential workload on the day / having something else to do. Never take work with me out of school. It's a benefit of being in the independent sector, having a lot of experience and resources and being firm with time and workload management. I did work a lot more hours in my first 10 years on the job ...
  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Soooo you have RE/French/PSHE all planned ready for the term.
    You do two days a week, so have two maths and English lessons to plan/prepare?
    And this takes you two to four hours ?????
    It does sound an awful lot of time to plan and prepare lessons.
  7. Ds2d12

    Ds2d12 Occasional commenter

    Sometimes teachers do spend far too long on resources. Not a criticism but true.
  8. TheBigPickle

    TheBigPickle New commenter

    There's also a notion with teaching that if you are constantly working, you're working hard. This, of course, is garbage. Working smart is far more important. Working in education at this current time is very tough but teachers don't help themselves by either agreeing to the ridiculous expectation some Headteachers set or by allowing themselves a break. I feel for some, it's all about control. I've seen teachers spend hours and hours and hours working on displays, planning and resources to not get the same good outcomes as the teacher who leaves their laptop at school each night and doesn't work weekends. I accept the first couple years are harder as you collate planning and resources but it really should get easier...still hard but easier!
  9. bevdex

    bevdex Star commenter

    After a really big push on planning last year, my year partner and I are able to "tweak" maths and english planning within an hour each week. Although I'm retiring at the end of this academic year, he says he will do the same next year. Once done, it shouldn't be necessary to replan from scratch every year.

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