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Countdown to retirement!

Discussion in 'Personal' started by BelleDuJour, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    We retirees have done our bit. I've noticed that in France, when you say that you're retiring, everyone congratulates you and looks happy. In England, you're likely to get the "Oh dear, what will you do? Won't you be bored?" line.

    As if!

    I don't possess the boredom gene, you see.
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  2. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    A large comprehensive school local to me has just appointed a Head of MFL who has only been teaching for 3 years.

    I don't get it.
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  3. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Desperation on one side, flattery on the other?

    Management can just be by spreadsheet these days.
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  4. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    The last school i taught at, the HT wanted to become "a specialist college" or woteva the thing was then. The obvious dept would have been Maths but a nearby school had already baggsied that, so he went for Science, a steady dept with 2 50+ old-timers. Unfortunately, the oldies had had enough of him well before, so left at 50, like you could then. The stress put upon the dept to get the Science Specialism led to basically all of them leaving, and a girl who'd taught there 2 yrs became HoD, presiding over supply and temps.
    Ofsted not impressed.
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  5. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    Not just England,Scotland too!

    "What are you going to do?" I take great pleasure in telling them "as little as possible!".
  6. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    In one of my schools a well-respected HoD (Maths) who got great results and was respected by staff and students alike was shunted sideways into a 'specialist' role by the new go-getter HT to make room for a new HoD who was 25. TWENTY FIVE! Barely out of nappies. The poor man is now utterly miserable and can't wait to retire.
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  7. bajan

    bajan Occasional commenter

    I know of non teaching heads of year who are not teachers.
  8. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    If they're not involved in curriculum development or lesson planning and stick to the 'pastoral side' of dealing with pupils, that may not necessarily be a problem.
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  9. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Are they counting down to retirement?
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  10. maggie m

    maggie m Senior commenter

    Heard this week that my HoD is leaving which came as a surprise.Not sure why and it isn't my business. . He is in my humble opinion a very good teacher and manager. Apparently the head knows someone to fill the post. This fills me with dread we already have such people in several senior positions they are not very good at their jobs to put it politely, and universally disliked.So I have decided next year will be my last and I already feel better.
  11. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    The feeling once the decision is made is great.................when you hand in your notice it is ecstacy!
  12. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    During my fifth year of teaching (History) I re-trained for IT on a day release course, and by the end of it they were hinting at a LEA advisory post, such was the shortage of IT specialists. I took no notice, and stuck with the classroom job.

    [Reaches with tremoring hand for a pint glass of vodka, most of which he spills on the way to his mouth.]
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  13. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    We have had a very stable department, with three of us retiring in the last 5 years, which has caused recent changes.
    We had NQTs about ten years ago, and they are still with the department: great teachers - young men who are great role models for the boys (it's a boys' comp).
    They have one NQT who started last autumn, and I understand they are doing very well.
    We have been very fortunate. It is only with the recent HoD vacancy that we really struggled.

    I should add that both the NQTs who started a few years ago are now thriving in the pastoral system, which has helped keep them with us, pay-wise.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2019
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  14. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I was asked this at the school door by an innocent parent and I blurted out "I'm planning on getting a life" rather louder than I intended
  15. fraisier

    fraisier Established commenter

    Thanks. Ours aren't bad on average but they're not terribly motivated (some have been known to want to leave teaching altogether after a term only) and not very keen to stay in state schools, many these past 10 years have made it reasonably clear that they're using the state system as a springboard to get into the private sector or good schools abroad, and indeed quite a few have (not always successfully I hasten to add, that "fabulous British School" in Thailand or Dubai didn't quite turn out to be the bees' knees they were promised, or the salary wasn't what they expected, or they "forget" to tell them rent was on top etc. It's to be expected, there are plenty of con artists in the game). I really can't blame these trainee teachers and NQTs, in fact I now actively encourage them to "escape", ie to leave the England & Wales school state sector and many do. A very sad state of affairs.
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  16. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    The end is in sight. Do all you can to protect your physical and mental health so you can enjoy that which many younger colleagues will never have - a long and active retirement. Hang in there, get through each day with the minimum of stress and hassle.

    The problems currently in schools will still be there when you leave and you ain't going to solve them in the time you have left so just go with the flow. Make it look as though you're going along with the latest bonkers initiatives (I did that for 30+ years) but out of sight of SLT just do your own thing. Start planning for your retirement so you are looking forward to a new, different future rather than just gritting your teeth and getting through each school day.
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  17. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Lol! love it!
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  18. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    So......today I have my aforementioned year 10. Lanky streak is absent (punches air when calling register) but to take his place T@rt number 3 has returned from exclusion.
    They are all pretty ok when copying from text book (easier than copying from board), but as soon as they have to answer any questions or do any thinking......chaos! TBH they are happy copying.....all girls do lovely notes with different coloured pens and tiny hearts above i's instead of dots. Boys grumble but get on with whatever colour pen thet have and various tribal symbols/joints/genitals decorating their pages.
    T@rt number 1 is moaning because T@rt number 2 is off school and she has no one to sit with.
    T@rt number 3 (who has been moaning about new seating plan) is reverting to type and a complete PITA by taking Flubber's book and throwing it across the room several times. After warnings she is asked to go to another room, but she puts her coat on and just 'effs off.
    Flubber is doing nothing, but claiming he is 'doing my work' which is tricky with no pen and a closed book. Eventually he is removed.
    I then have year 8 cover and the class is....quite frankly.....feral. Even the TA says it's his worst class ever and like being in a zoo, and one reason he is leaving at the end of term. One child is wandering around, breaking pens. One wanders off out of the classroom and has to be rounded up by TA (not unusual I am told) Another is typing up his 'kill list' on his laptop (lucky for me I am not on it).
    5 weeks and counting...............................
  19. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Just a question...............should I tell Head of House about the 'Kill List'?
    Never seen anything like it before!
  20. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    You got it, Belle. Yes, copying from the textbook and colouring in is absolutely the best thing I could ask dopey Y10 to do. It's all I was asked to do (well yeh OK, AND answering the questions correctly at the end of the section), apart from the colouring in, and I was top stream Grammar school.
    BUT low-achieving Y10 like nothing better than copying neatly. You give them a mark that they never know disappoints the MM elected to oversee P8 but which assures them they did the best they could that lesson (if it was). You speak directly to them and appreciate their on-task responses. You hope, as my teachers did (with justification) you'd remember some of the stuff you'd painstakingly copied and hopefully understood, but if there was never much hope of their understanding anything delivered in written form, I'd be falling back on my tried and trusted method of stand-up amusing-though-educational talk with basic powerpoint graphic/cartoon.
    Now, I'd be on capability.
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