Looby, sorry to hear you are feeling a bit disheartened. Just to say (and also to "rainbow", who commented in a similar way) that the last time I was in full-time teaching I would have given an arm for a department like this! There is nothing worse in my opinion than people who a) are already a set group who know everything about everybody's successive partners, second homes, cars and childbirths for the past 15 years; and b) expect you to share everything to the same degree, socialise with them outside school and generally be in each others' @rses all the time. Frankly, the fact that they come in, teach and go home sounds quite likeable to me because it is a sign that they know teaching English is a job, not a vocation, a second family or something that should take over your whole life. If possible, I would treasure this, Looby, and find my circle of friends outside school. Believe me: it's healthier that way. As for marking and organisation, I'm sure you could get loads of good advice on the English board re. this.