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Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by elliefinnerty, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. elliefinnerty

    elliefinnerty New commenter

    I recently started working in a school. I haven't passed my qts tests yet but the school took me on regardless and have been very supportive. However a new teacher came into my class last week and now that teacher has gone and the told the head that I am rude, not a good teacher and horrible. The head teacher has spoken to me and given me a warning stating that I have been given a poor performance! However I am very confused as I have never had this feedback before and I am thinking of quitting. I am giving my all to this job I travel for over two hours a day and am barely eating due to lack of time. I really need some advice! I really love teaching though.
  2. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Do you recall what it might have been that prompted this teacher to make those comments to the head? I can't see anyone, least of all the head, taking a new teacher's word for it and certainly not the comment that you are "horrible".
    snowyhead likes this.
  3. SocialistTeach

    SocialistTeach New commenter

    Speak to your mentor and your union rep. You should not have been given a verbal warning based on hearsay.
  4. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Find time to eat properly. No job is worth your health.
  5. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    Are you working in academy as an unqualified teacher or are you undergoing training through Schools Direct route? Why was the new teacher observing you?

    Something rather odd with this situation.
    sabrinakat likes this.
  6. englishteach101

    englishteach101 Occasional commenter

    Was it as part of a formal observation where it would be written down and evidence could be referenced or an informal off-the-cuff remark? Either way you should be being given an opportunity to get to the bottom of what prompted this and a chance to give your side if this is a personal matter rather than professional. Definitely speak with your mentor and line manager to clarify things as it's definitely not worth your health.
  7. John_in_Luton

    John_in_Luton Occasional commenter

    Yup. Like the fact that the OP left the original message on October 20th, and then hasn't been back?
    Is it me, or does anyone else detect a gentle aroma of rodent?
  8. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    @John_in_Luton You may call me 'Sherlock'. It's quite telling - the OPs sharing these kinds of 'dilemmas' rarely come back to comment/show appreciation/up-date us. They are becoming strangely too numerous on TES at present.
    wanet likes this.
  9. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Looking back, I think the notion that the OP was told they are "rude, not a good teacher and horrible" was our biggest clue.

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