Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

What Keeps Me Awake at Night - Unrealistic Workload and Unmanageable Pressure: Opinion

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

What Keeps Me Awake at Night - Unrealistic Workload and Unmanageable Pressure: Opinion

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I am a year out of teacher training college, having passed my exams and been considered fit to become a fully qualified teacher. However, I am not currently teaching in a school; instead, I am a freelance translator and part-time private tutor for languages.

The reason I have not followed the well-trodden path into a school is not for want of jobs, nor that I fell out of love with teaching. Neither is the cause related to students - I have no issue with children in whichever form they come. The subject or curriculum is not a problem either - I enjoyed the content I was instructed to teach.

The reason I have opted out of full-time mainstream teaching is the sheer workload and pressure teachers have to put up with, day in, day out. Teachers are now expected to tick every box in lesson planning, assessment, data tracking, differentiation, behaviour management, professional development and a whole lot more, too.

These are noble aims and I am sure that every teacher would agree they should aspire to perfection in all of them, but how on earth can teachers do it all? Even if you sacrificed your personal time, your social life and your sleep, you still could not fit everything in. …

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