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Handed in my notice

Discussion in 'Personal' started by snowflakesfalling, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. snowflakesfalling

    snowflakesfalling Occasional commenter

    So I've handed in my notice. I couldn't take the pressure, the unreasonable workload, the feeling of not being valued and the whole academy thing. I'm sure it's a similar story elsewhere.

    I don't have a job to go to. I'm a teacher of 20 odd years experience. I don't know what I'm going to do next.

    My children are all grown up and live elsewhere.

    What would you do in my position?
    suzuki1690 likes this.
  2. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Tough decision. I made the same one around six years ago for similar reasons, aged 50. I went on Supply and was content with that for four more years, then I left formal teaching. If you choose supply you need to go into it with a positive mindset and accept that you won't be employed every day or on a similar salary as before.

    Alternatively, if you still want to help people learn new stuff look at other ways of doing it, maybe as an education officer for a non-school organisation or perhaps as a freelance provider of specialist workshops.
    Dragonlady30 and grumpydogwoman like this.
  3. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    Try a different school - maybe an independent one?
    smoothnewt and bombaysapphire like this.
  4. marymoocow

    marymoocow Star commenter

    Well done for making a difficult decision. I did the same last year. The job made me ill. I now work for the NHS on a much lower wage but I have my life back. If you can afford to, I would suggest you take a bit of time to assess what you really want and what your financial circumstances dictate. Firstly do you want to continue in teaching?
    ilovesooty and smoothnewt like this.
  5. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Supply. When you know you don't have to go back it's amazing how easy it becomes.
  6. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    Seems there's a lot of teachers going this term.

    I find it quite sad that so many have been forced into this position especially those who have no other job to go to.
  7. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    Supply is a good way to try different schools. Folkfan is right. Independent schools can be very different from the state sector. There are pressures but I find them less frustrating than low level disruption, pointless documentation and ever moving goal posts.
  8. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    That would be a good idea if the OP hadn't already handed in their notice.
    Be advised snowflakesfalling, it's always easier to change jobs whilst in one than when 'currently unemployed'. However you've obviously burnt your bridges now.
    You have the opportunity to re-evaluate what you want t do with the next xxx years. You seem young enough to start an entirely different path and with children grown and, hopefully a smaller mortgage, more openings may be possible.
    Ask yourself what couldn't I bear to say I never tried?
  9. suzuki1690

    suzuki1690 New commenter

    I suppose it depends on what age you are, how much debt you have and your level of savings. I would certainly not rush from one job into another until you have it clear in your mind what you want and what you dont want. You will have the notice period to get yourself straight a bit on that and look around for work if you want it. You could look at working for charities ie the third sector, there does seem to be vacancies there, paid work not volunteering. They dont pay particularly well but it might be doable for you. Life is too short and i wish you well. What was the final straw for you if you dont mind the question?
  10. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    Indeed it is, but be aware if you do supply work in a school through an agency it might be more difficult to get a contracted post there.

    The agency will state that you were introduced to the school through them and that they are entitled to a finder's fee, this can be in the order of £1000s. Some schools are happy to pay whilst some agencies are happy to waive the fee to maintain good relationships but it can be an issue in some cases.
  11. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    I presume finances are in order and that you have the money to tide you over, otherwise you're in a scary position!
    I suppose supply is the way to go until you find something you really want to do.
  12. Clive_Candy

    Clive_Candy Occasional commenter

    Well done Snowflakes. It's a tough decision but I'm sure you're feeling a lot better because of it and the amazing thing is that the feeling won't wear off anytime soon.

    As for what to do, I guess it all depends on how much cash you've got in the bank and/or whether you've an understanding partner who's earning enough to keep you both but I would take some time to breathe again - I'm guessing that won't be till Christmas if you're seeing out the term. Then you can take your time to have a look around and see what else there is.

    Who knows? You might end back in teaching once you've had some time out. Then again, you might not. God knows, schools are tough places to be nowadays and I don't see them ever getting any easier.

    Anyway, you've done the right thing!
    suzuki1690 likes this.
  13. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    If snowflakes has handed in her resignation, that must be for the end of term, so there is time to look for a teaching job (if she wants one) in an independent school or to register for supply, so there is some time to look around for something else.

    If she doesn't want to teach any more, there's a window of opportunity to look around to see what else might be of interest or what transferable skills can be utilised.

    I don't think anyone hands in their notice without a plan, unless they really can't stand either the school or the job any longer. I think it's brave and hope that snowflakes finds something quickly and can manage the finances in the meantime!
  14. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I can imagine I'd sign on with an employment agency and try somethin g totally different - however menial , for a while while I thought about the future.
    kibosh likes this.
  15. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Yeah, me too. As long as there was sufficient cash to get by, I'd just do something to keep the wolf from the door, whilst looking at more exciting options.
    kibosh likes this.
  16. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter


    You have some options which is good. The following are just a few I have thought of but I am sure there are many more:

    1. Contact schools directly for supply work. If you are a teacher of a shortage subject such as maths, science, MFL, or computing you could get plenty of work depending on the area of the country you are in. Only go through agencies as a last resort and if you don't want to do the leg work yourself.

    2. Private tutoring is also a good source of income to top up supply. Check out the private tutoring forum for all the details of how to get clients and set yourself up.

    3. Consider a network marketing business to supplement your other income streams. I am involved in one and if you would like details contact me by pm.

    4. Think about any other skills/interests you have that you could turn into a business venture.

    5. If none of the above is for you, perhaps a new course in a completely different direction. Something like landscape gardening or plumbing...anything you think you would enjoy and have the ability to do.

    6. Look for other posts connected to education.

    Like others have said a lot will depend on how much money you need and how quickly you need it since some suggestions above would take some time to set up.
    Be creative and think of multiple income streams.

    Let us know how you get on and if you need any help with supply, go over to the supply forum where there is a lot of advice and help for people going into supply.
    Dragonlady30 likes this.
  17. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Exactly the same thing, although I'd probably have set up an exit strategy beforehand.

    If you consider how much of your life is related to work, how much is spent asleep, how much is taken up with home chores and then work out how much of the day is left for you to enjoy your life, it's madness to be doing a job that drives you round the bend.

    All that happens when it's time for you to relax is that you spend time fretting over your lot. I wish I had a penny for every time I've read a post on here from a teacher who is disillusioned with the way their career panned out. Those posts are being made by teachers in that tiny bit of time that's left when the work and chores are done. It's not healthy.

    I absolutely loved my job in the NHS. It was fantastically interesting and rewarding until Maggie's crowd of bean counters and thugs moved in and sucked the life and soul out of the job. I took a holiday and lying next to the pool, found I was talking to my sweetheart about the frustrations of work. She asked if I really needed the grief that much and I realised I didn't. When I returned, I handed my notice in.

    What happened after that transformed my life for the better. I became self-employed doing the things I enjoyed doing. Sure it was hard work at times, but because I was in control and doing things I enjoyed doing, it became more like a hobby. I've been employed since, but only on terms I found acceptable and I let it be known from the outset that I'd give 120% so long as I had the freedom to do things the way I knew best and without interference.

    It's a trait I now realise I inherited from my father. Anyone who attempted to micromanage the way he went about his work would be told they could lick and stamp them. His cards that is, back in the days when NI contributions were recorded by attaching stamps to an employees card which he would take to another employer as proof his contributions were up to date.

    It's all about confidence in yourself, your value and how much you reckon you life is worth having. Before you know it, you'll be drawing a pension. It's all very well sticking in a miserable job for the sake of getting a better pension, but the reality is your wasting the best part of your life if you're not finding it stimulating or fulfilling. Worse still if it's a miserable existence.

    Good luck, snowflakes. You'll be OK. You've been positive about making the break. So long as you're just as positive about taking the next steps your future is bound to be more promising. Teachers have lots of transferable skills.
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  18. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    There are all sorts of other jobs you might like. sad news is they will be paying at most half of what you left. You just have to think no to "If every day when that alarm goes off, do i feel sick?" and you will soon adjust to less money.
    Dragonlady30 likes this.
  19. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    It does happen though. I know several people who have got full time jobs this way. The school knows them and they know the school so there are no nasty surprises for either side.
  20. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I am so lucky that I was almost 60 when this happened to me. In fact, it was probably no coincidence as I think I was targeted for this reason.

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