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Working Hours?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by artspecialist, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. artspecialist

    artspecialist New commenter

    I normally get into school for around 7:30 and leave between 5:30-6:00pm most evenings. Just wondered what everyone else's working hours are like.
    Do you tend to work at home in the evenings or do you manage to get it all done at school? I find it quite difficult at school because there's always some sort of distraction and always seem to have a bit of a 'stress fog' almost headache after the children have gone home.
    Enjoy the 'dying embers' of the holiday, as my friend likes to say x
  2. My standard hours start at 8am and finish time varies depending on the day. On two days I have to pick up my boy so am gone by 4.30 and other days I sat later, until about 6ish. We plan daily for Literacy and Numeracy so yes, always have something to do after school and, most evenings, at home too.
    I think there is a need to 'offload' at the end of the school day if you need to. Our staff congregate for half hour or so in the staff room with a cuppa. Think I need it most days before facing the next lot of tasks!
  3. I'm generally in school for 7am and leave between 4:30 and 6 depending on the day. I do, however, always take a full lunch hour and rarely work on weekends (although I do take things home through the week).
    I hate when parents assume that we get in at 8:30 and leave and 3:30!! [​IMG]
  4. I do the same as you and feel the same at the end of the day! I've promised myself that I'm going to leave early at least once a week and only work one day at the weekend. I never seem to keep up with the marking but I'm hoping my move to Year 3 will help with this as, surely, they can't write as much as Y5 or Y6. If I work til 6pm I try not to take anything home because I'll probably just bring it back again without having touched it which makes me miserable.
    I don't really understand why we do it. Do we have M U G written across our foreheads or is it just that we haven't got the guts to say this isn't fair? We're so conscientious but what we're expected to do is unrealistic. I'm really fed up with the bashing we get in the media and for the first time since I started teaching I'm hesitating when I've been asked whether I'm looking forward to the new year.
    Sorry for the rant but I have had a day of trying to get my head round things and not really achieving very much. Very frustrating!!
  5. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    I think some of the bashing is due to the number of weeks holiday we get. If the general public think we only work from 8-6 and have 13 weeks holiday, while earning the wages we do, then no wonder they bash us.
    Yes we work long hours in term time, but we also get long holidays...A normal number of hours just condensed into fewer weeks.

    I get in about 7.30 and leave any time between 4 and 6. I do an hour or so at home most evenings and work on Sundays. I do take at least half an hour of total break at lunchtime and spend breaktime in the staffroom as well. That's it!
  6. I'm glad it's not just me that gets that foggy drained feeling when the children leave. lol.
  7. I agree, Minnieminx. In my opinion, the problem the general public have with our holidays is that they think we get paid for them, and a lot of the time they don't see the work that goes on out of school hours. They must think it's the planning and marking fairies that do it! It must be hard to understand any job if you've never done it.
    As for working hours, I get in at 7:30ish, have breakfast and start work at 7:45. When I'm not on duty, I usually get a quick 5 minute look break at first break, around 30/60 minutes for lunch and then nothing at last break (it's only 10 minutes and by the time all of the children have gone out, it's almost over!) I usually leave between 5 and 6, and don't work at home during the evenings. I usually do about 6 hours on a weekend too,
  8. Vanadesse

    Vanadesse New commenter

    I get in at 8 each morning and then what time I leave depends really. I prefer to do as much at school as possible and now that I have a desk and comfy chair at school I'll probably stay until kick out time (6pm) most nights. If I have somewhere that I need to go after school then I'll leave earlier, generally no earlier than 4 though and I still do that work, I just do it at home.

    Generally, I work 8-6, that's 10 hours a day, 50 hours a week. That's not even including the hours that I do at home, probably taking me closer to the 60 mark but let's stick with 50. 50 x the 39 weeks we work makes a grand total of 1950 hours across the year. Now, the average 40 hours a week, 48 weeks a year totals 1920 a year. So I actually work more hours than the standard 9-5 person. Anyone who even tries to tell me that I get too much holiday soon shuts up when I tell them this. We don't get in 5 minutes before the kids and leave 5 minutes after, I EARN my holidays as we all do!
  9. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    We do.
  10. MissMistoffelees

    MissMistoffelees New commenter

    I get in for around 8 then usually leave at around 5; I'm in nursery as well so only get 25 minutes-ish for lunch and am with the children in the classroom for a full 6 hours a day; definitely get that mind fog! I will often do an hour or so of work at home (more if it's assessment or report writing time) and a fair bit at weekends; was hoping this would reduce a little bit as I'm going into my second year but we will have OFSTED in the spring or summer so maybe not!
  11. Do we? I thought we were paid pro rata, which I thought meant we were paid 195/365 days but split over the year. I'm probably wrong!
  12. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    It amounts to the same thing.
    We're paid a salary and are contracted to work 1,265 hours/195 days per year. A salary means we're paid a fixed amount over the year, regardless of the hours worked. If we were paid hourly/daily we'd all be claiming overtime for the additional hours most of us end up doing.
    This is my understanding of it anyway. It might be me that's wrong!
    The point is that we get paid throughout our holidays (mainly because things would become extremely messy if we weren't) and that's how the public see it.
    Our defence is that most of us work far longer hours during term time than the directed ones, meaning we make up for the lengthy holidays. I'm fed up of defending myself to the bashers so I tend not to bother these days!
  13. Thanks for the explanation, Nicjk909.
    So am I. I don't bothet either. Something along the lines of "Yes, 10 weeks off in Summer, along with all the others at Christmas, Easter and half terms is fantastic. You should try it" usually works. They don't pick up on the exaggerations or the irony! [​IMG]
  14. shenshah

    shenshah New commenter

    I get in at 7.45... leave between 3.45 and 4.15...I have never stayed later than 4.30 unless I have meetings. I spend half my lunch hour working everyday too. Many people at work seem surprised that I get everything done this time but I do! Do no more than 4 hours on weekend.
  15. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    I do this sort of thing. Or say "Yes, everyone wants to be a teacher in August. Not many do in November though...wonder why?" Usually gets a wry grin from most people.
  16. silver2003

    silver2003 New commenter

    I must be doing something wrong then as I seem to work a lot during the holidays. Planning catching up adn CPD and reading - work related.
  17. One of my new school, new term resolutions is to leave work every day by 5pm at the very latest, unless in a meeting. I am absolutely determined to stick to it.
    My other is to try not to re-invent the wheel with every lesson plan, thus hopefully freeing up more valuable weekend family time.

  18. bestcoast

    bestcoast New commenter

    I'm going to give this a go too!

    I'm hoping that now I've completed my NQT year, I'll be more efficient with my time. Getting in at 7:30, not leaving till 6 and then doing another 2 hours once I've got home (plus weekends) just can't be maintained!
  19. So am I! I might even take it one step further and say that I will be home by 6pm instead of 6:30! I live in Leeds and it takes at least an hour to get home, so it could be difficult, but we'll see!
  20. I arrive early, say seven, and leave by half four. The reason; so much time is wasted after school by chat and people not working in a focused sense. These are then the same people who moan about how long they work at school, yet half the time they are chatting about all sorts of rubbish and not actually working.

    We do work hard during term time but the holidays compensate in my opinion and people already moaning about hours they work at the end of a six week break need to get real!

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