So, a few weeks ago some collegues of mine got me thinking. They were talking about a friend who had recently broken up with her boyfriend, the conversation then turned to teachers being in relationships with partners who aren't in the teaching profession and how that makes it even harder. Most people in my department 3/4 are in relationships with another teacher and i have heard that being in one with a non-teacher is hard because of the long hours we work and the constant stress we are under. Non-teachers simple don't understand and are not interested in our day, or what class did this or that or how your lesson plan suddenly clicked etc etc. Now at the time i thought rubbish (i am an NQT) last year i continued happily with my relationship of 7 years, and it gave me invaluable support i needed at that time. Now i am doubting myself and this conversation i heard keeps playing in the back of my mind. I work from leaving the house at 6:30 am and don't return till 7/8/9 o clock at night (i am a PE teacher in London, i commute and do lots of fixtures etc after school) my time at home is limited and then when i am at home i feel anything school related i talk about it not cared about. What are your views on this topic?