Why do teachers work the hours they do?

Teachers regularly work 50-60 hours a week – well above their contracted hours. Why? Which of the following statements do you relate to?

1. I don’t work 50-60 hours a week. Are you all insane? Not sure I am actually a teacher.

2. I don’t work 50-60 hours a week. I work 60 hours+

3. I love my job so much I don’t mind how many hours I work.

4. My social life is rubbish. School work is my social life.

5. I don’t have kids so I keep busy with school work.

6. I want to be promoted. I’m working my socks off.

7. I have always worked hard throughout my own education. I’m not used to failing so I just do the hours I need to do in order to succeed, however stressful it is.

8. I have control issues and have to do everything to feel better. I can’t relax unless it’s all done and organised super efficiently.

9. I live in fear of being criticised. It affects my confidence and self-esteem. I can’t afford to get something wrong so I do above and beyond to stay in SLT’s good books.

10. I have an unhappy home life so I work as much as I can. It’s convenient.

11. I am on a support plan and working all hours to convince SLT I am not crap.

12. It’s become a habit. It’s just something I do. I don’t know how to relax anymore.

13. I am very slow at my work. I need to work so many hours to keep up.

14. My workload is completely enforced upon me by my SLT. I hate it but have to do it. .

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