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... and yet another attempt to paint teaching in London as fabulous ....

Discussion in 'Education news' started by binaryhex, May 21, 2018.

  1. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    @catbefriender: I remember one nauseating picture, in the early Seventies, of Cliff Richard kissing Mary Whitehouse on the cheek. I have tried to find it on the net but I daresay it has been censored!
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  2. David Getling

    David Getling Lead commenter

  3. catbefriender

    catbefriender Lead commenter

  4. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    @catbefriender : The picture is an example of synergy. Cliff Richard and Mary Whitehouse are disgusting enough when viewed separately. Seen together, they are more than twice as nauseating!:D
  5. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Trump Edu-shed Learning! (inc) :eek::confused::eek::confused:
  6. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Same thing happens with images of Murdoch and Gove...uurrgh
  7. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Brilliant. Very sad, but I love the way you summarise the pululating quagmire that is UK teaching today!
  8. alisonhank

    alisonhank New commenter

  9. alisonhank

    alisonhank New commenter

    I feel for you. Over 50 and struggling, self-esteem at an all-time low... all I want is a job, a classroom, a school to take me on and give me a chance...
  10. catbefriender

    catbefriender Lead commenter

    Alison, what I would say to you is either

    a. give up the classroom teaching dream
    b. put it on the backburner or
    c. place it much lower on the scale and focus on remembering your own awesomeness.

    I did a lot of reading about being a 50s woman, about 'the change,' the difference in society's views of us etc. And the truth is, our age group of woman are amazing and so are the men btw.

    Where we are in our lives, is the MOST exciting adventure. We are wiser, we are emotionally stronger but society is constantly telling us, we are less than. I remember speaking to a young SLT who was 'interested' in my CV and wanting me to work with his MAT. Being wary I asked him, 'Are you considering me for a PAID job, or voluntary?' And it was of course the unpaid variety and he said, 'Well Cat, you're not as FRESH as a young graduate straight out of university any more.' I interpreted this as ageist and mysogonistic. So as women, we always were less than, as older women we are even MORE less than.

    Whereas men get better with age.:rolleyes:

    Sorry for the feminist lecture but we have to stop being limited in our minds about who we are as a result of the limitations of society. Over 50 women ARE awesome we are as good as and we always were and we always will be.

    I have given up on looking for work in the classroom and am working on building up my tutoring business. I only ever wanted a part time teaching job, and now my tutoring income as matched that. Now I'm at looking at earning as much as I would full time, but through tutoring, hence, I am looking at tutoring online and trying out other income avenues. We have to opt for the 'portfolio of careers,' option and keep learning new skills and updating our existing skills.

    When I was doing my research on working over 50, I learnt that the majority of women over 50 were self employed. A lot set up businesses involving childcare and baking. So we have to make work for ourselves as unfortunately there aren't enough enlightened employers willing to take us on.

    If you want to get back into the classroom consider retraining as a secondary schools Maths, Science or MFL teacher. Google TSST and apply for a FREE TSST course in September/October.

    I retrained in Secondary Maths and this has helped me get more tutoring work. I can now teach it confidentially to Year 12/AS level.

    Think very carefully about job applications if they are getting you down. I gave up on applying because the total lack of response from them was too much. I couldn't even get any feedback and this brought my confidence down. I decided to no longer apply because I was getting absolutely nowhere, wasting a lot of time and beating myself up about it. The only schools interested in me were in the Hinterlands and they wanted me voluntarily, so I decided to focus on my self employment and have no looked back.

    So I would advise the same. Focus on your self employment because with this, you have control and you will see some movement and you will get somewhere. You could set yourself a target of earning £100 a month and work from there.

    With your humanities specialisms, you could easily tutor to GCSE English Language and Literature. At KS4 you could get resources and learn how to teach up to this stage and remember with GCSE Maths, FREE TSST training exists at a school near you this autumn. Exploit this free training as I am sure it will not be around forever.

    It's not going to be easy, but it's going to be worth it.

    If you really have to get into the classroom, then you may have to consider working for nothing in return for an up to date reference and then being in a situation where you are trying to convince a school that you are worth paying and remember, from no pay often comes low pay:(

    If you only want to get back into the classroom for financial security, then you have to make your own employment because the concept of a job for life i.e. until retirement does not exist anymore. Over 50s are the highest number in receipt of JSA and are currently 1/4 of the UK workforce. In 2020, we will be a 1/3 of the UK workforce and employers still aint interested in taking many of us on.

    We are worth more than this.

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