I'm p/t at 0.7fte. I guess I'm doing 40-50h just trying to keep on top of stuff. I know things are tough out there for everyone so I don't want to whine on when we're all in the same situation. I've been considering approaching my union rep but I'm a bit too scared that I'm being an idiot. There are quite a few issues which are not being dealt with and it's making a bad situation worse. Firstly I'm our science dept there are no subject leaders. So, in chem, we have no head of chem, no lead teacher, no one on UPS and the whole team (excepting me) are new. We are all new to teaching A level. I feel as the most experienced chemist I'm the leader by default. The person in charge of chemistry is also the HoD and a physicist. So there are quite a few things eg sorting mocks, analysing data for resits which I've had to push. With the A-level reform we need to get our head around the practical assessment requirements. I did the online training today off my own back because I want to know how to do it. The training was very clear - the lead teacher for each subject must pass the training and, at the very least, share their training with their team. Well, we don't have a lead teacher so this hasn't happened. I'm genuinely concerned about our position wrt this. Like everywhere else I suppose we had to re-write our KS3 in the summer. The Sci leadership wanted to move to a test each topic where previously we blocked 3 topics together and did one test. I argued that this was increased workload for no real reason and increasing testing wasn't the way forward. Anyway no decision was made on what to do. Some new topics don't have tests because no one wrote them because there was no guidance. I gave one test to my group and it was completely unacceptable. I spoke to Sci leadership who then went in and put a different test in the topic so I was left to level this random test that no other group would be using. That's the tip of the iceberg with KS3. I expressed an interest in helping to mentor a PGCE student. My boss and I agreed that it was best that I didn't have a full pgce student to myself given my step up to A-level, my new chem team, the new KS3, the fact I'm only p/t and I'm wary over workload because I had a breakdown 4 years ago (hence the p/t). So, of course, I have ended up with a pgce student. I've never mentored before and was not allowed to attend the training as it was out of school. I ended up with a very challenging pgce student and it has been incredibly stressful. I have asked for A-level training for the last year and been refused but my f/t physics colleague was allowed to attend training. I feel like I am the presumed 'face' of A-level chemistry and am listed as the contact name. I have been timetabled to run A-level intervention (unpaid of course) in my lunchtime. I am a stubborn mule and really want to prove I can do everything expected of me and do it well. But I'm struggling. There is no one I can talk to about all this (workplace politics are always sensitive!) and because of that I was considering running all of this past my union rep. I don't want to waste his time. I can appreciate that he's flat out too. I absolutely cannot discuss this with my boss directly. Previous attempts have been unsuccessful. What do you think? Worth a chat or head down, power through? My husband is very worried I'll get ill again so I feel pressure and disappointment from him that I'm doing all these hours and pressure from work that I'm not doing everything I need to.