What strategies do you use to manage workload and protect your well being?
To manage my workload I make lists and prioritise with what I'm teaching always coming first. I commute so try to maximise work time then. I never work Friday evenings.
What advice would you give anyone who felt like giving up?
Never give up. Look at things from a different angle. I think the most important thing is that you know yourself. I know when I am losing control and take steps to cope. I speak with my line manager, go for a long walk to clear my head and find some pupils who I know will give me some perspective. Never ever lose sight of how brilliant you are - I'm brilliant but I am working in the hardest of situations and that is going to get me down from time to time...being down is ok - don't let anyone tell you otherwise but as a wise woman once said to me 'You can visit pity city but you can't stay too long.'
Sum up our profession in 5 words.
Vocation. Love. Knowledge. Life. Rollercoaster. Never the same. (That's six)