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Highs and lows of this academic year

Discussion in 'Personal' started by delmamerchant, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    Here we are another academic year almost over: It seems like more than a year when school life was racked with challenges and with the support of the TES community I was able to regain my composure and survive.

    What have been the lows and highs for you?
  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Highs - we finish on Thursday and I am one year closer to retirement.

    Lows - another year spent in a disorganised school in a department which is no longer any fun to work in.
  3. peggylu

    peggylu Star commenter

    @peakster I didn't realise we actually worked together. See you in about an hour and a half. ;)
  4. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    Can you feel the envy flowing through the keyboards as I type re the retirement:). The year will go so quickly!

    Departments that are not fun to work in. There is definitely something in the water re this. What is it?

    But I guess at meetings you can sit there dreaming of where you will be in a years time:)
  5. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    So what have been your lows and highs?
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  6. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I've had lots of highs in teaching - but not this year.
  7. FormosaRed

    FormosaRed Occasional commenter

    Highs: Some great students, some wonderful and supportive colleagues, a couple of very positive new adjustments to the school day.

    Lows: budget cuts are biting: lots of staff off sick, lots of cover to do for them, too much content to squeeze in for the new GCSE and A level specs and having to cut corners to get it finished. More responsibilities being taken on, with no extra money to reward the commitment. Seeing good people burn out and exhaust themselves.
  8. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    High: I can teach in my new subject area.

    Lows: Having one pupils complaints taken seriously. One...
  9. Calpurnia99

    Calpurnia99 Star commenter

    Staff morale has plummetted. New HT seems interested in the school and staff only insofar as they reflect well on him. Vastly over-promoted and overpaid HR person continues to shaft well-meaning employees, mis-spell job adverts and be generally carp. Staff turnover at an all-time high (or do I mean low?). Bizarre budget cuts while 5 SLT are on £50K+.

    I can't think of any highs this year.
  10. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    Highs: last year's results were good. I have enjoyed all of my classes this year.

    Low: lack of support over one parental complaint.
  11. DeviousDevil

    DeviousDevil New commenter

    Birth of my son.
    Friendly colleagues who are eager to do well.
    Moving into newly built school in September.

    Our students are struggling with the new 9-1 GCSE in science.
  12. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    .....all students are....I've been teaching for 20 years...it's a terrible and ill conceived course and its just soul destroying to teach..

    Results will be abysmal next year unless grade boundaries are very low,

    Students uptake of Science A levels will plummet.

    Many Science teachers will leave the profession.
  13. Gemspecs

    Gemspecs New commenter

    @Calpurnia99 that could be EXACTLY my school :eek:...I'd like to think that they're different schools, but that would mean there are TWO of these establishments inflicted upon us poor teachers!

    Highlight: Only TWO more gets ups and the usual few cards/thank yous from certain students that mean so much more than any half-a*sed SLT round robin.

    Lows: The odd nastily written, snotty, parental complaint email (just one this year (of two I've ever had of this type)-but when they're extra-vicious, the bad taste from them certainly lasts for a few weeks.
  14. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Highs - I'm still out of the mainstream!
    An elective mute restarting speech
    One of my adult maths learners telling me she'd gained the confidence to apply for a better job after passing her functional skills maths
    Eating disorders
    My friends back in St Custard's are still being messed around and miserable.
  15. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    A real mixture of u and down.

    Have a lovely summer
  16. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    Yeah, now no more get ups.
    it is good that you get thank you cards. a student asked me the other day if I was going to give them presents as they had made so much progress!!!. I said, ummmm, perhaps you should consider getting me one as a thank you:eek::)
  17. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    Re the complaint. You are not alone. ditto
  18. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    Our school have decided to go back to a btec version...they stopped doing it a couple of yeas ago as it just did not work for the students...clearly someone has forgotten:)
  19. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    Can I come and work at your school? did I read friendly colleagues? :):):)
  20. onmyknees

    onmyknees Established commenter

    Working with the most fantastic staff. We laugh all day long.
    Getting SEN children into the most appropriate provision for them, even if it's a fight and I upset people on the way.
    Realising that the most important areas of progress in a child can't be measured and won't be reported or judged on.
    The poor quality of teacher training nowadays.

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