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Does the 'nice middle class' school exist? Or teacher training?

Discussion in 'Professional development' started by joannakay, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. <font face="Calibri">Hello,</font><font face="Calibri">I believe I am a good teacher as I have had many good/outstanding observations. I have worked in 2 different inner city primary schools and while I love teaching, I feel a bit fatigued with the constant demands and emotional pressures. I was constantly working and had a very poor work-life balance.</font><font face="Calibri">I am currently working for a charity in a teacher training college abroad and loving it. My post is only for one year though and I must return to the UK in December 2012.</font><font face="Calibri">I think I would like to work in a &lsquo;nice middle class&rsquo; school that is doing well, where maybe the pressures aren&rsquo;t so great. However, I am deceiving myself? Do schools like this exist?</font><font face="Calibri">Alternatively I could look into teacher training&hellip; does anyone have any advice on how to get into teacher training?</font> <font size="3">Thanks for your help.</font><font face="Calibri">Jo</font>
     
  2. <font face="Calibri">Hello,</font><font face="Calibri">I believe I am a good teacher as I have had many good/outstanding observations. I have worked in 2 different inner city primary schools and while I love teaching, I feel a bit fatigued with the constant demands and emotional pressures. I was constantly working and had a very poor work-life balance.</font><font face="Calibri">I am currently working for a charity in a teacher training college abroad and loving it. My post is only for one year though and I must return to the UK in December 2012.</font><font face="Calibri">I think I would like to work in a &lsquo;nice middle class&rsquo; school that is doing well, where maybe the pressures aren&rsquo;t so great. However, I am deceiving myself? Do schools like this exist?</font><font face="Calibri">Alternatively I could look into teacher training&hellip; does anyone have any advice on how to get into teacher training?</font> <font size="3">Thanks for your help.</font><font face="Calibri">Jo</font>
     
  3. thequillguy

    thequillguy New commenter

    I began my career in an inner-city school. Moved afterwards to a middle-of-the-range school. Work now in an outstanding school that makes me feel effective. Key thing for me is, though, is its rurality, and a few other factors. Back in the day (before the current climate) I pulled out of two interviews with 'good' schools because the 'feel' wasn't right for me (kids standing like sentinels outside 80% of classrooms in one, and Year 7 kids refusing to be silent for the HoD before the observation lesson started in the other. Not great signs.)

    Great work/life balance is possible, didn't work at all yesterday save some thoughts and research about literature, and have some friends and their new sprog coming round today. Will do 4-5 hours of casual work (largely paper-work and planning) this evening, and that's it. Decide what you're going to do properly, and what you're going to do for a length a time. I have a detailed calendar and to-do list, so if I'm asked to do something else and someone won't take no for an answer, I'll ask what I should drop to complete their task. Worked for me so far.

    In regards to delivering ITT, I imagine getting in touch with your local universities to offer some CPD would be a good start? And in your own school, too? Good luck!
     

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