I'm an unqualified teacher of physics, currently completing a degree over four years with The Open University. I'm due to sit my third year exams in October and was notified of the exam dates a fortnight ago. Last year, my school supported me by giving me three days paid leave and one day unpaid leave for final revision and the exams themselves. This year, I was told on the last day of term that the school is only prepared to give me two days of unpaid leave - one for each exam day. The head said this was a reasonable amount of time off to expect. I pointed out that on taking the position, I was told that I would be supported through exams although, of course, this isn't in writing. He (the head) told me getting through my degree was my own problem. Is it reasonable to expect a UQT completing a wholly self-funded degree to be given such a short amount of time off - the exams will examine approximately 1200 hours of self-learning accumulated throughout the previous nine months? I'm seriously beginning to regret making the move into teaching - it's turned into a 70 hour work and study per week nightmare, with no support - and I'm quite honestly thinking about returning to accountancy. Thanks.