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Don't know what to do

Discussion in 'Personal' started by celago22, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. celago22

    celago22 Occasional commenter

    After a 75 hour week and less than 2 hours to myself each evening, plus awful parents, challenging kids and a never ending workload aswell as constant stress, no lunch break, I want to leave teaching. Do I go at Xmas or see the whole year through?
  2. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Only you can make that decision. A resignation will need to be submitted by 31st October if you want to leave at Christmas.

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  3. ms honey

    ms honey New commenter

    Agree with nomad, only you can decide. It depends on your circumstances? Do you have another plan? Although we only get one life if its making you ill or unhappy maybe getting out, or at least switching schools, or trying supply? I'd also say don't rush into any decisions. Good luck with whatever you decide
  4. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    when you look back in 5 or 10 years time, will you think - "o yes, that extra 6 months January to July was well spent in that school", or will you think "why the ****** did I waste my precious time on earth in that dump"?
  5. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    I'm in the same situation. Its no way to live.
  6. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    There is NO WAY you need to work 75 hours a week - it's completely unsustainable.
  7. Nellyfuf2

    Nellyfuf2 Established commenter

    75 hours for something you love - wonderful and fulfilling. But not in teaching. You will be too drained to be of much use to anyone.

    Just get out of there.
    In similar and perhaps ? more extreme circumstances, I look back and think.
    What on earth did I put up with that for?
    Supply. Now.
    And leaving was the best thing I ever did.
  8. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    One thing that many teachers (particularly the younger ones) don't appreciate is YOU NEED YOUR SLEEP TO FUNCTION PROPERLY)

    Don't kid yourselves that you don't.
  9. towncryer

    towncryer Lead commenter

    Do you need to teach? Is there some other job you can do?
  10. celago22

    celago22 Occasional commenter

    There are loads of jobs I could do. I have a finance degree and worked in industry for a bit. I've thought about NHS jobs, paralegal, admin based jobs. I'm fed up of basically working non-stop and feeling stressed all the time.
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  11. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    75 hours is illegal. Just sayin'.
  12. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Then you're in a much stronger position than most. If you're this browned off two weeks in, I can't see it improving with dark mornings, winter colds and exam pressure. I left my last teaching job at Christmas. My replacement was hopeless and walked out before Easter. I went back there on supply till summer basically to get the Y11s through their projects and exams because I felt guilty at leaving them with Lizzie Dripping, but it was all on my terms.

    I can easily see how you could clock up 75 hrs a week. In at 7.30, out at 5.30, 3hrs a night and most of Sunday. It all depends on the demands made upon you. Not everyone's in a position to stick their head over the parapet and say enough's enough. You'd be on Capability before you could say sack.
    ilovesooty likes this.
  13. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    You have loads of options by the look of it. I stayed far too long where I was miserable in teaching. I had fifteen wonderful years doing something else but as soon as the shine began to dim I got out - in my case to self employment .

    Don't ruin your health.
  14. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Go. GO NOW.
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  15. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    I agree, teaching is no longer enjoyable, well EFL is! Took early retirement, went back for a year to cover maternity leave and have taught EFL ever since. Kids and Adults, have got some lovely friends now in Saudi, Palestine, Spain, Russia, Italy and so many more countries. Met up with a former student in Libya, also in Jordan, have invites to visit all the countries.
    Get a CELTA, it's worth it.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2019
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