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Are there any teachers happy in their jobs on here?

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by br0wnsugar, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. br0wnsugar

    br0wnsugar Occasional commenter

    I am sure there must be.
    It would be nice to hear some positive teaching experiences as I am sure they do exist!! Get in touch.
  2. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    vickycharlton and mrtomo like this.
  3. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

  4. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Oh yes there are!
  5. varcolac

    varcolac Occasional commenter

    Oh no there...

    Wait, barring a few gripes I'm pretty happy. Yeah.
    Billie73 and Landofla like this.
  6. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Was happy... then managerialism happened.
  7. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Stranger, what is this 'happy' of which you speak?
  8. singsong

    singsong New commenter

    I am very happy in my job. I've been a teacher for 14 years and I have not always felt like this! I really do think it depends on the school you work at.
    s_begum6, CHuynh, jobo101 and 7 others like this.
  9. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    I have just retired, but can honestly say that the 12 years I was in teaching (all at one school) were the happiest I have ever been at work. A great HoD and a real team atmosphere in my department helped a lot, as did discovering that I still enjoyed doing Maths and was able to pick it up again very quickly. OK, there were things that annoyed me, but less than in my earlier jobs.
  10. pinot

    pinot New commenter

    Love it... But then I do not work in the hellhole of the UK
  11. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Yes I am.
    It's a small Independent School though, where I can really 'teach' and not just do crowd control.. Not sure I would be as happy if I were coping with some of the issues colleagues are having in mainstream.
  12. br0wnsugar

    br0wnsugar Occasional commenter

    This is great to hear. It must be the school that outweighs even children's behaviour.
    Thank you everyone for your responses. This is encouraging.
    offpiste and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  13. rustyfeathers

    rustyfeathers Occasional commenter

    Yes. I work in a small school for students with social, emotional, mental health and behavioural difficulties. It's not perfect, no place is, but I love my job for the first time in quite a few years, and you wouldn't drag me into mainstream again!
    mucsics_f_laszlo and jacqablett like this.
  14. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Yes! I just started at a very small girls' independent and really like it. I had a one year fixed term at a very large state grammar last year with lovely colleagues but massive paperwork, 32 in KS 3 x10 and quite few instances of behaviour management issues but I survived!
    damnant quid non intellegunt
    Lara mfl 05 and Sinnamon like this.
  15. drek

    drek Star commenter

    Depends which 'job' you are talking about these days.
    Teaching students is only half the job, after recent policy changes, including planning and marking, time-managed by myself, around my own time-table that makes me happy.
    It is the second half, which causes unnecessary stress, in a million tiny ways, often having to be done after 5 pm and at weekends, not remotely connected to my classroom work, requested at the whim of managers, by their line managers, for their line managers. (we will soon have managers monitoring and handing out toilet passes to staff, to meet their own appraisal targets).
    eamonne1, Geoff-o, Mrsmumbles and 4 others like this.
  16. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    I have worked at two schools where I was very happy. The first was a comprehensive in a nice class catchment area and we had enthusiastic and reasonably well behaved children. The other was a grammar school with the same sort of students, and I could get on with the job I had sought of teaching children and assisting them into the world of adulthood..

    However, upon moving to an inner city school I was shocked and somewhat horrified at the difference in the children. I found that the really big barrier to children learning was some of the children themselves, with all the baggage and poor behaviour they brought to class, interfering with the progress of engaged pupils. It is a national scandal exactly how unfair our education system is to some children and it has left me with much anger, particularly when I see the likes of Gove and Morgan using this disparity for their own gain and that of the nasty party, rather than actually do anything about it.

    Instead of trying to find a real solution to pupil disaffection we are spending all our energies setting up a completely new administration system in the form of so-called free schools and academies and having to deal with constant new edicts and syllabus changes from high.
  17. T_Maynard

    T_Maynard New commenter

    Most definitely. I'm 4 years into teaching now and I can honestly say I've never woken up feeling like I've not wanted to go in. Yes it's stressful and busy but we're doing an incredible job.
  18. br0wnsugar

    br0wnsugar Occasional commenter

    Thank you to the many posters.

    I've been teaching for 5 years and in education for 13 as a TA, pastoral assistant and Academic mentor and can honestly say my first three years as a teacher in a very challenging school was stressful, overwhelming, exciting and inspiring but of late, I seem to be less and less motivated. I want to be happy again. I feel that I need a challenge, maybe teach 6th form English but I am not being given the chance.

    Time to move on - sideways, if need be. I actually want to 'teach' not 'crowd control' the classroom.
  19. Katierobertson

    Katierobertson New commenter

    Completely dependent on school, management and departments.
    But I just applied at a school a friend works at because it is the best job she ever had. She can't stop smiling! She hasn't complained once.
  20. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Yes, yes and double yes.
    But I teach KS2/3, so not properly secondary.

    If you'd asked two years ago I'd have said 'no. I am frightened to go to work and cannot see a way out of the sheer hopelessness.' Happiness and fulfilment is most definitely school dependent.
    If you want to 'teach' not crowd control, and I'm that kind of teacher as well, then try moving schools to one where you can do sixth form or try independent schools. Or maybe you are ready to think about promotion, 5 years is a good time to look into the next step.

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