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Are there any teachers happy in their jobs on here?

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

  1. carla746

    carla746 New commenter

    I loved my job (which I did for 19 years) until I came to teach in the UK. I work with challenging pupils. I do my best to teach them modern languages. However, there is total lack of respect towards me. I feel really stressed out with chaos and constant disruption. Luckily, I have a great mentor. Pity though, I got her after 3 months of teaching. I just wonder what the problem is- is it me or the subject or the number of challenging pupils. My self-esteem is close to zero. I have been thinking about quitting the job.
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  2. seniorjoel95

    seniorjoel95 New commenter

    I teach music at a very well run school, a subject I have been passionate about since I can remember. Now I get to work with music everyday and inspire others to learn about something so close to me. For that reason, I am extremely happy and wouldn't want to do anything else.
  3. most definitely. i have been teaching for 8 years and am loving every minute of it.
  4. shayne_smith

    shayne_smith New commenter

    I've been a very happy teacher ... ever since I left teaching... :D
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  5. binaryhex

    binaryhex Lead commenter

    You beat me to it! Very happy since retiring, but I have done lots of voluntary work in poor schools in India and Asia - wonderful and recommended. The thought of going back into scummy UK secondary schools and dealing with endless behaviour problems makes puking seem fun.
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  6. missburley76

    missburley76 New commenter

    I worked in an 11-18 for thirteen years, had a four year career break when my daughter was born and have now gone back to 4 days a week in an 11-16. I have found that this has been much better from a work life balance perspective, and now do enjoy my job.
  7. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    I'm retired and most of my unpleasant memories have faded but certain memorable ones remain. Teaching the Nuffield Science syllabuses in the 89's and early 90's was great fun because they were fun for the students. Some really wonderful class practicals and projects from the students. One I enjoyed was where the students themselves and individually measured absolute zero extrapolating pressure / temperature back to zero pressure from a set of readings they had taken between 20C and 100C.
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  8. tr6rv

    tr6rv New commenter

    The only positive experience I recall in secondary education was the day I retired...…….
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  9. Maryja

    Maryja New commenter

    Yes. I'm really happy, teaching KS3 and 4 in a small independent school. But yes, it's teaching, not crowd control. I wouldn't want the latter at all. Had a taste, in other schools, of a managerial attitude- one larff and a half was when a school told me a student and myself were "winding each other up." As if a professional teacher is interested in provoking a pupil! I was vindicated when said kid was excluded.....for kicking the vice-principal. Question: did she wind him up first? Haha I should have asked.

    So, yes, if the management has the right attitude, and if parents support you, teaching is the best job on earth. If the management buys into a poor model of staff development, it can be one of the worst. Sometimes too, management are dealt a raw hand in terms of unsupportive homes, major behavioural problems and a low budget. Unless you're heroic and charismatic, and can swing your kids by the sheer force of your personality in these circs- find a decently run little supportive school.
  10. andthentherewerenone

    andthentherewerenone New commenter

    I’m a mainstream UK primary teacher (currently Year 6) about to start my 30th year. I am more than happy in my job and feel I have never stopped learning. I’ve worked in four different schools across four different authorities and have always been lucky to work with incredibly supportive colleagues. I have always wanted to stay classroom based and never had any interest in leadership until two years ago when I became Phase Leader (still full time in class). That’s as far as I want to go.
    Teaching has changed beyond recognition since my first year but it’s still the only job I’d want to do.
    Not a very exciting post I’m afraid but definitely a happy one!
  11. Jonntyboy

    Jonntyboy Lead commenter

    Yep. I'm happy too! Not every minute of every day, but most of the time. Some good colleagues, a truly excellent HT and the kids are brill. Even the ones whose behaviour at times leaves something to be desired!
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  12. SweetDee42

    SweetDee42 New commenter

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  13. Cynic01

    Cynic01 New commenter

    Yep. I teach a subject I love with keen (mostly) students and colleagues who are supportive and interested. Yes there is pressure (grammar) - but this is twenty years now of classroom teaching for me and the buzz and fun of teaching students remains an unalloyed joy. I fully understand this is hardly the experience of others, and you have my utmost respect for the work you do in enormously challenging circumstances. I imagine I would be eaten alive in around a minute! However in my particular case, teaching highly-engaged students who are eager to learn, teaching has become a job it would be hard to break away from.
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  14. triciaam

    triciaam New commenter

    This is so true I have gone from working in a hell hole and now I’m very happy after just finishing my first year in a new school
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  15. bookeater

    bookeater Occasional commenter

    Here I go
    I started teaching in September 1980 at an inner-city school in Manchester.
    39 years later with a gap, of 8 years (burn out), I'm back teaching part-time exam History for Y10/11( just over 8 years into this role).
    I have good days and irritating days but love the school, its ethos, the management, and the students. As one of the elder teachers, I am not viewed as a dinosaur but an experienced teacher who has
    • seen that
    • done that
    • knows different strategies
    • likes to help
    • OFSTED doesn't scare me
    I do believe a good school environment comes from the Headteacher downwards. My school has an open-door policy
    that works.
    Flowers sent to you as a thank you for your exam results.
    Pupils sending you thank you letters at the end of Y11 are better than anything.

    Some teachers are good teachers in the wrong school, so if it is not working change schools don't just give up as a teacher. That was something I learned the hard way.
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  16. emmam25

    emmam25 New commenter

    Yes. For the first time in many many years I am very happy teaching. But I don't teach in the UK anymore!
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  17. observer1

    observer1 New commenter

    Like many, i enjoy the job, just not the extra bureaucracy that comes with it.
    Whilst it is challenging, the only undermining that happens is from Middle or Senior leaders pressured by box ticking exercise.

    If teachers could just teach and develop themselves properly, and not be burdened by top-down idiotic responsibilities created by SLT to justify their jobs, the job would be worthwhile.

    I take it this is why teachers don't really last long enough in the UK anymore and why going abroad is more appealing.
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  18. nemo.

    nemo. Occasional commenter

    Happy teaching overseas, but I would need to earn over 100,000 gross GBP to earn the same as I currently do, and afford the same 2 need apartment, anywhere in the SE, classes of 15-20 polite students, 16 weeks holiday and a beach 20 mins away.

    And no Ofsted....
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  19. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter


    I am very sorry about your experiences in the UK school system and can assure you it is not you but the total lack of respect for adults in some schools. Some schools have learnt to live with the disruption and more and more the chaos and confusion is normalised - the staff accept it and everyone has given up trying to change it.
  20. stewstar73

    stewstar73 New commenter

    I work for the Outwood/Net academy chain and I must say the last year has been the easiest of my 25! No shouting at students and very little conflict. Lots of exam marking but stick an audiobook on and away I go. Lots of admin but most of it makes sense. Management that works bloody hard and earn their money! Plenty of money for things students need. I believe I am listened to. Live marking is a bonus. No performance management observations (tick). Lots of time spent planning but never feel this is wasted.

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