Couldn't agree more. I do sometimes leave soon after the kids, but that's because I like to see my own children occasionally! I added up how much time they had from me last week and I spent LESS THAN AN HOUR a day with both of them because of the workload consuming me. As a single parent, there's no-one to help with that side of things so I tend to bring work home with me so they're not left home alone (early teens) but I routinely work till nearly midnight, sometimes later, every weekday. I stay late at least twice a week to run intervention classes and/or detentions, then there's the NQT after-school stuff, when the planning/marking still needs to get done once I get home. My frees are often taken up with the latest data-chasing initiative that has to be done 'this minute' so work gets dragged home. At weekends, I take Friday nights off and usually some of Saturday if I am lucky enough to see my partner, who lives some distance away. But most of Sunday and the remainder of Saturday, I'll be working. I work in the holidays too - though I DO ensure I have quality time off then as well. I am hating my NQT year, even though my school are lovely. I have never felt so exhausted and frankly I don't care about the teacher-bashers. Let em walk a mile in my shoes first!