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Career decision dilemma

Discussion in 'Primary' started by ld95, Sep 14, 2019.

  1. ld95

    ld95 New commenter

    I'm currently in my third year of teaching after training as a primary teacher with PE specialism. At my previous school I worked as a PE specialist teacher, teaching English and maths etc in the mornings in one KS2 class, and then taught PE across the school in the afternoons. I loved my role but decided to relocate in the summer and accepted a job I wasn't 100% sure on to make the move to a new location easier (or so I thought).

    My new job is as a classroom teacher based in Year 1. I have never taught in KS1 and I'm really struggling with the expectations, workload and behaviour in what is a chaotic school environment. I'm a stubborn person and generally laid back but these first 2 weeks have left me in tears nearly every day and I am barely eating or sleeping. The SLT at the school have arranged training etc for me which I appreciate, but I feel my passion and heart is set on the PE side of teaching which I no longer have an opportunity to teach.

    I don't want to make any rash decisions but I feel as though I'd be much happier and my health and wellbeing would be much improved if I left and looked for a PE role either as supply or full time. I just don't know where to turn or where to go for advice. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Talk to the other class teachers, they may well be happy to teach your class while you teach PE to theirs.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  3. Careerinteaching

    Careerinteaching New commenter

    Life’s too short to be unhappy. Apply for something else. Also start uploading some resources on resources4teachers and you could get out of teaching for good.
  4. ld95

    ld95 New commenter

    Thanks for the advice. I've spoken to my GP as the situation has been getting worse. I'm suffering from stress and anxiety which is difficult to process as it's all completely new to me. As it's still only September I feel like I need to give it time but part of me worries about the situation continuing to get worse.

    On the note of asking to teach PE, we have a PE PPA cover teacher who has that responsibility so I'm unable to teach any PE in the school.
  5. sooooexcited

    sooooexcited Established commenter

    Teaching PE will mask the problem not solve it.
    If you feel unable to fulfil a class teacher role & don't think getting support will help, resign.
  6. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    It sounds as if you were very fortunate to have had the role you previously held. Not many schools would want to pay a QTS teacher just to teach primary PE every afternoon when they could get a sports coach to do it for far less money.

    Out of interest, what happened to your class when you disappeared every afternoon?
  7. ld95

    ld95 New commenter

    My OP probably wasn't clear. The class was split in the mornings between myself and another teacher for maths and literacy and then in the afternoons myself and the other teacher who also had a specialism would share the class. I'd teach them science, topic etc on two afternoons whilst she taught her specialism in other classes, and then we'd swap for the other 3 afternoons whilst I taught PE. I was very lucky to have that role and part of it was giving the other teachers CPD which they wanted from a teacher not from a coach.

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