The teacher workload is ridiculous to the point that most teachers feel too exhausted to actively complain. Many won't contribute to fighting this cause because ironically they are too busy catching up on marking, admin or preparation to find time to debate it, let alone read or reply to a disgruntled post or formulate an active opinion. Many don't have time or energy for union meetings, to fill in feedback surveys complaining about workload, to write to MPs or just scrutinise the ridiculous situation they are in to find solutions. They are desperately grasping at the brief moment of family time or friend time, the escapism of some sort (staring at their screens like zombies or the same page of a book for 30 minutes?) or have simply passed out. So - they eventually snap and leave teaching behind. What draws most people to teaching is a real desire to actually TEACH, a caring attitude and a wish to make a difference to their student's lives. As idealistic and naive as that sounds to some, it is a powerful motivator. Then, like worker drones, they continue in their routines doing the very best they can under immense pressure, because ultimately they know it is the children that will suffer if they don't. This system truly has a stranglehold on these people, who soldier on through adversity because they care more about the welfare of those they teach than their own health and personal lives. Their loyalty to the students is what the government relies on when introducing more and more needless bureaucracy. They know that most will bury their heads in the administrative sand while flailing their limbs wildly in an attempt to keep balance, too distracted to be defiant. It is sickening that this profession, and the character of those that enter it, is so manipulated and exploited. It is practically abuse. The children see it. Some sympathise and some take advantage. They're just being children. The parents see it. They often start their communication with "I know you're very busy ..." and yet continue with further demands. They sympathise, too, but they want the best they can get for their child in this competitive world. They're just being parents. We all know the profession is in crisis and it will only get worse. Many children sat in classrooms see young teachers appear with enthusiasm and disappear with their heads down low. Some of those children that considered the profession as a career choice have since thought twice. It is TIME to make a stand. It is time to respond and say “enough really is enough". (That is, if you can 'find the time' once you've finished reports, marking, meetings, lesson planning, telephoned parents, had training, done duties, been to briefing, read emails, replied, had your observation, found time to run an extracurricular activity or three, put that new initiative in place, adapted schemes to curriculum changes and responded to all your student's break, lunchtime and after school needs.) So wake up and make one! Now, who has time to formulate a plan and gather the troops?