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I know there are lots of teachers & trainee teachers on this forum and I'm just wondering what your typical day is from start to finish?

I love the idea of becoming a teacher but I'm worried that I'm going to have no life once I become one? Obviously the hard work will be worth it but all I keep hearing about is getting to school for 7 and leaving at 5/6 (which I actually don't mind as I do that in my current job now).. but then working up until 11pm every night and having no weekends?

I'd just like to see what your typical days are actually like...
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(Original post by charl0tte90)
I know there are lots of teachers & trainee teachers on this forum and I'm just wondering what your typical day is from start to finish?

I love the idea of becoming a primary school teacher but I'm worried that I'm going to have no life once I become one? Obviously the hard work will be worth it but all I keep hearing about is getting to school for 7 and leaving at 5/6 (which I actually don't mind as I do that in my current job now).. but then working up until 11pm every night and having no weekends?

I'd just like to see what your typical days are actually like...
You know the answer. It is as you described. If you are good at managing your workload you can keep one day free at the weekend as well as Friday evening. You do get long holidays as compensation too.
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(Original post by charl0tte90)
I know there are lots of teachers & trainee teachers on this forum and I'm just wondering what your typical day is from start to finish?

I love the idea of becoming a primary school teacher but I'm worried that I'm going to have no life once I become one? Obviously the hard work will be worth it but all I keep hearing about is getting to school for 7 and leaving at 5/6 (which I actually don't mind as I do that in my current job now).. but then working up until 11pm every night and having no weekends?

I'd just like to see what your typical days are actually like...
I'm an NQT now (newly qualified teacher). My typical day is as follows.

Get to school about 7/7.30. Have a cuppa and print resources/plan lessons for an hour.
Generally I'm teaching full days most days due to how my timetable works this year. Some days I have two frees (We have double lessons so its like 4 frees really though) and some I have one free. But the majority are full days.
So 8.30-10.15 is 1st lesson then during break I'll pop to the loo, sort resources for my next lesson and have a bit of a chat with colleagues.
10.45-12.30 is 2nd lesson, then lunch. I might be on duty during lunch/break depending on the day.
1.00-2.45 is 3rd lesson then my teaching is done for the day.

From 2.45 - 5.30(ish) I am usually doing a variety of things. There might be meetings or training I need to go to. If not, I'm planning or marking during this time.

Then I head to the gym and head home to make dinner. If I havent managed to plan all of tomorrows lessons I'll do that for no more than an hour on the night, but usually I've planned them.

I work for about 4/5 hours on the weekend doing planning/marking and the rest is all for me.
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Hi there Charlotte, I'm keeping a blog updated as much as possible during my trainee teacher year (my PGCE year).
You can mostly expect:
- early days, late nights
- colds
- lots of time in the library
- hardly any time to socialise (it's OK: your real friends will be there in 10 months time when you resurface)
- to meet some great people
- to learn so much interesting stuff
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I'm also an NQT, but in primary.

7am-7.30 arrive at work.

Sort resources etc till 8.45. Lessons until 11.15 then it's break. Another hour of lessons till lunch, then 2 more hours after lunch, with a 10 min break in the middle.

From half 3 - 6 i do marking, planning, resources, tidying up, staff meetings etc. I can usually avoid taking things home in the evenings, but I work flat out all through Sunday.

Tuesday I'm out of class for NQT and PPA time. Yesterday was my first day of that and I had a massive list of stuff to do. Instead I ended up in meetings almost non-stop from 9.30-5.30.
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Here's my day:

6-6:30 (depends how tired I am or whether it's a hair washing day) - get up, shower, breakfast, gradually wake up in front of the computer. Currently eating porridge whilst checking facebook and stuff, then will look through my lessons for the day and make sure I've uploaded key resources for pupils to access on their iPads or printed any sheets I need.

7:40-8 - leave the house. It takes me 20 minutes. On your PGCE placements it may well be much longer, but once I got a permanent job I chose where to live based on that. So I'm well out of catchment but have a simple drive with barely any traffic to get to school.

8am-8:20 - arrive at school. Get laptop set up, tidy anything in the classroom I left yesterday, photocopy any sheets needed. If I'm early enough, might get a bit of marking done.

8:45 - briefing (whole staff/department)

2 lessons, break (in my first year I was too busy, but this year I've made it to the staff room every day so far for a cup of tea).
2 lessons, then the start of lunch is generally spent dealing with pupils who have detention/are bringing me late homework, etc. I also do one intervention session for KS4 on a lunchtime.
Registration/assembly, then 2 more lessons.

3:30pm - At least one day per week I try to get away early (very occasionally home for 4), but I sometimes have to go to after-school detentions to speak to kids I've kicked out of lessons for behaviour. Most days I stay for a while doing work, marking books etc. (but tend to get sidetracked by chatting to colleages) and leave school between 4:30 and 5:30. I also have to do one after-school intervention session for Y11 per week.

Get home between 4 and 6 - have a bit of a break (tea and a snack, procrastinating on the internet) then plan a couple of lessons, then make and eat dinner, then usually do a bit more work (depending how much I got done at the weekend and how late it is).

10-11 - Bed.

And repeat...

At the weekend I normally take Friday evenings off and pretty much all day Saturday (I sometimes sketch out a vague plan for the week on scrap paper, so I can get straight down to making resources on Sunday). I work all day Sunday to try and get as much of the week's planning done as possible.
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I'm an NQT now (newly qualified teacher). My typical day is as follows.

Get to school about 7/7.30. Have a cuppa and print resources/plan lessons for an hour.
Generally I'm teaching full days most days due to how my timetable works this year. Some days I have two frees (We have double lessons so its like 4 frees really though) and some I have one free. But the majority are full days.
So 8.30-10.15 is 1st lesson then during break I'll pop to the loo, sort resources for my next lesson and have a bit of a chat with colleagues.
10.45-12.30 is 2nd lesson, then lunch. I might be on duty during lunch/break depending on the day.
1.00-2.45 is 3rd lesson then my teaching is done for the day.

From 2.45 - 5.30(ish) I am usually doing a variety of things. There might be meetings or training I need to go to. If not, I'm planning or marking during this time.

Then I head to the gym and head home to make dinner. If I havent managed to plan all of tomorrows lessons I'll do that for no more than an hour on the night, but usually I've planned them.

I work for about 4/5 hours on the weekend doing planning/marking and the rest is all for me.
Why are your lessons so long?
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I'm amazed so many people print/photocopy resources on the day they need them :eek: I'd NEVER try that in my school...you just know that if you do then it'll be the very day there's a massive queue for the photocopier and the printer is out of ink, paper or both! I have a free first thing on a Monday morning so tend to do all my resources for the week then (in terms of printing/photocopying), plus extras. If I don't need them all, then fine, I'll keep them for another time.

I'd say I'm up between 6.00 and 6.20, leaving at 7.20 for an 8.30 arrival at school (sometimes closer to 8.45 if the trains aren't running properly!). I'm head of Year 11, so have form time with them 8.45-9.00. I then teach 4 or 5 hours a day, and have a few frees, but always find something to fill them (marking, planning, making or digitising resources, emails, meetings (with colleagues, students, or parents), other random admin crap that catches up with me...!). I leave at 5 or 6pm most days and privately tutor one evening a week as well. I do try to always leave work at work, but naturally this isn't always possible (I work in a private school, which could explain why our students are examined a lot - four out of my five classes have an internal exam before the end of September, so I can see a lot of exams coming home with me as of Monday!). 'Luckily' (I use the term loosely...) I have a long commute so there's often a chance to mark then too, or do some reading to help with my professional development. There will also always be things that come up that impinge on your weekends, evenings or holidays, such as training to teach new courses and accompanying kids on school trip.

Nevertheless, I wouldn't be in the job if I didn't love it, and think you should definitely give it a chance. I'd say I have a 'life' (go to the gym and watch a bit of telly most days ) outside work and feel the kids benefit more from me because of it.
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Why are your lessons so long?
Just how my school does things. Apparently they changed the lesson length a couple of years ago to prevent behaviour incidents happening in the corridor during lesson changeover.
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The secondary time table seems to be more do-able for me - the fact that you get free lessons where you are able to concentrate on preparing/planning other lessons.

I ideally want to teach Secondary Art & Design but it isn't a priority subject at the moment so can't get any funding or bursaries from the government to teach it, unlike Science subjects, ICT, MFL, Primary, etc.

I can't leave my full time job to learn to teach if I'm not getting the bursaries/loans to match my current salary (which actually isn't a lot) it's just not possible due to financial commitments.

Primary is the next option for me.
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I'm amazed so many people print/photocopy resources on the day they need them :eek: I'd NEVER try that in my school...you just know that if you do then it'll be the very day there's a massive queue for the photocopier and the printer is out of ink, paper or both! I have a free first thing on a Monday morning so tend to do all my resources for the week then (in terms of printing/photocopying), plus extras. If I don't need them all, then fine, I'll keep them for another time.

I'd say I'm up between 6.00 and 6.20, leaving at 7.20 for an 8.30 arrival at school (sometimes closer to 8.45 if the trains aren't running properly!). I'm head of Year 11, so have form time with them 8.45-9.00. I then teach 4 or 5 hours a day, and have a few frees, but always find something to fill them (marking, planning, making or digitising resources, emails, meetings (with colleagues, students, or parents), other random admin crap that catches up with me...!). I leave at 5 or 6pm most days and privately tutor one evening a week as well. I do try to always leave work at work, but naturally this isn't always possible (I work in a private school, which could explain why our students are examined a lot - four out of my five classes have an internal exam before the end of September, so I can see a lot of exams coming home with me as of Monday!). 'Luckily' (I use the term loosely...) I have a long commute so there's often a chance to mark then too, or do some reading to help with my professional development. There will also always be things that come up that impinge on your weekends, evenings or holidays, such as training to teach new courses and accompanying kids on school trip.

Nevertheless, I wouldn't be in the job if I didn't love it, and think you should definitely give it a chance. I'd say I have a 'life' (go to the gym and watch a bit of telly most days ) outside work and feel the kids benefit more from me because of it.
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I've gone through three practica, and it's very different every time. I think every school has a different culture with different expectations on you so it's not easy to tell what a 'typical' day would be like.
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This was really interesting!

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I realise this isnt typical for most teachers, but in case you're at all interested in boarding school, or would just like to see a different perspective, this would be my average, if slightly on the busy side, day

Get up at 7, sort myself out and walk into school for breakfast around 7.30. Have breakfast with other teachers till around 8, grab some coffee, read the paper for 10 minutes then head over to my classroom to plan/ print before lessons start at 8.45. Lessons/frees till 10.55, at which point break time. Coffee, biscuits and cake in staff room for 35 mins then back to work for two lessons until 12.55. Lunch with colleagues, then a nap back home. Take my rugby team for training 2.15 till around 4, followed by tea and a chat with colleagues. Try and get a bit of work in before dinner at 6, followed by a quick visit to the staff bar. Chapel at 7, followed by evening house duty until around 10.30 (the first half spent checking pupils are getting on with their homework, the second half mostly spent improving my table tennis and pool skills and making sure the prefect on duty gets the lower years to bed). This duty happens once a week, other evenings i may be running a society for an hour, or just chilling at home/hitting the gym/ lounging in the staff bar. So overall it can be a very long day, but it's pretty easygoing and relaxed.
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Primary school teacher here.

Arrive at school for 7.30. Mark half of my maths books and prepare all resources for the morning.

Morning lessons 8.45-12. Mark half of today's maths leaving the other half for the following morning and then prepare resources for afternoon.

1-3pm afternoon lessons.

3-4.15pm mark literacy books.

Leave for home at 4.15pm

Mark other books and plan during NQT and PPA time (all day Thursday).
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Secondary Maths/RS teacher (acting head of dept for maths too)

This is my second year teaching full time (NQT year was last year)

I get to school at 7:30.
Prepare resources/answer emails and mark a couple of books if possible.
tutor time 8:20
Lessons from 8:30-12:30
Lunch for 40 minutes where I do NO work at all.
Lessons in the afternoon until 4:15.

Stay at school until 5:15 marking a set of books each day.

I get 7 hours of free periods per week in which I plan/mark/update schemes of work/department plans etc.

I never work on a Saturday and only work between 8am and 11.30am on a Sunday.

When I get home at 5:30ish I try not to do any work but usually end up doing between 30 minutes and an hour because i want to - not because i have to.

The holidays are very much worth it too.
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in case you're at all interested in boarding school
I was.
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I'm a trainee at the moment, in my second year of a BA ed course. A typical day when I'm at uni depends on what time my lectures is, but normally involves me getting up half hour before I'm due in . Go to lectures. Write some notes, visit the library if I need books. Go back to my flat and sleep. Wake up, dinner, start drinking and get ready to go out for the night with my friends most nights!

On placement it was totally different of course. I was up at 6am to catch a bus at 7:00, in town by 7:15 to catch my second bus and normally got to school at 8:15ish. Then I spent the day teaching (obviously) until school ended at 3:15. From then, I just stayed at school preparing/marking/chatting with the teacher/doing anything I needed to until about 5pm most days.

I'd normally get back to my flat at about 6pm, make dinner, and as dinner's cooking, do my marking from that day so it was out of the way and I had nothing to worry about. I found that the children's work and what I was looking for was fresher in my mind if I marked it on the day that I taught it.
Then I'd chill for the evening and about an hour or two before I go to bed I'd prepare anything for the next day, including sorting out my evidence folder and keeping it up to date. It's very tiring.

I'd always make sure I went out on Friday and Saturday nights though to keep my social life intact and to have fun/keep my sanity with all of the hard-work I was doing in the week!
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Hi all,

I'm an NQT who just qualified from a BE.d in Primary Ed this year. During my training I noticed there wasn't many good websites for trainee primary school teachers (apart from TES/resource sites).

I'm putting together a professional site to help trainee's and would love to know what kind of things you'd like to see on there. E.g. advice on observations, getting into Uni, personal statements, lesson plan ideas, display photos, downloads.

Any feedback would be appreciated and I'll make sure to come back and provide a link to the website when its ready

Steph

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I'm a primary school direct trainee in a mixed KS1 class. A typical day for me is:
7:50 arrive at school, prepare my resources, set up tables, log into laptop and Simms
8:20 doors open, I chat to parents, and help chn with morning maths
8:35 register time then phonics
9:10 literacy
10 assembly
10:20 playtime, I do playground duty once a week
10:40 snack, I usually read a story
11 maths (I will either teach maths or literacy all week, alternating with the class teacher)
12 dinner time, I seat the chn and get them settled
12:10 catch up on marking, tidy the classroom, get things set up for the afternoon session
12:30 dinner time for me, yay! And a catch up with staff in the staff room
1 bring the kids in from outside and do the register, chat to the chn, talk about their day etc etc
1:30 afternoon session, I alternate teaching with the class teacher
2:30 circle time
2:45 get chn ready for hometime
3 bye, kids!
Tidy classroom, mark, assess,
4pm go home, pick my own kids up, make tea etc, catch up with their day, put them to bed, then I plan for about an hour a night.
Spend time with husband and kids on Saturday, spend all day Sunday planning and doing uni work



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