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I am the happiest teacher in school .........

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Twinklefoottoe, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. Twinklefoottoe

    Twinklefoottoe Senior commenter

    .... because I'm counting down to Christmas and semi-retirement / occasional supply in Computer Science / Maths.

    The last five years have been hell, with an exponential growth in data demands, drawing up individual action plans and tracking hundreds of individual students, justifying everything, expectations of extra lessons outside of the school day to 'help' those who couldn't be bothered to work during class time, dreadful behaviour by increasingly uncontrollable secondary students and an inability to remove the small hardcore of students who destroy everyone else's learning opportunities, additional problems caused by a non-stop stream of non-English speaking students with no additional support resources put in place, endless excessive marking, constant scrutiny and criticism, constant demands by management for more, more, more, unreasonable and unachievable performance management demands and associated evidence collection, constantly tired, working ever-longer in the evenings and weekends and 90% of all the above has absolutely no bearing on anything I do in the classroom. Data collection, for example, and the subsequent data analysis and action plans rarely reflects the reality of where students are yet must take up 10 - 20% of my working week, all done because I have to, not because it's useful. No real pay rise for the last 5 years and difficulty attracting new, permanent staff because of a McSalary so managing a constant stream of supply. An SLT who seem to concentrate on God knows what all the time yet seem unable to understand that the basics like an effective and well-managed behaviour management regime have to be in place and working first. Add to that that my school now looks like a grim, depressing, run-down 1950's set of crumbling buildings that hasn't seen a lick of paint, new carpets or new windows to replace the rotting ones in 20 years, and you realise why teachers are running for the exit faster than their little legs should be able to carry them.

    What will I miss? If I think of something, I'll post it.
    drek, YusufHamid93 and TEA2111 like this.
  2. Treefayre2

    Treefayre2 Established commenter

    I think you might work in my present school:=)
    YusufHamid93 likes this.
  3. Alldone

    Alldone Senior commenter

    Retired this year after 28 years. Haven't missed any of it. Won't be long until Christmas!
  4. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    Well done Twinklefoottoe on getting out.

    You reasoning makes me think that you too worked at my old school.

    You probably didn't as it now seems that more and more heads have been on the same course on how to (mis)treat their staff.

    It will backfire on them and very soon.
  5. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    So many teachers being sacrificed at the great alter of the god, DATA.
    Is that really what education has come to mean?
  6. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    Data in education, making the unmeasurable measurable (or so they think!)
  7. Anonymity

    Anonymity Occasional commenter

  8. gregometer

    gregometer Occasional commenter

    Great first post. I teach Computing Science too but have only been doing it a couple of years and am already thinking of leaving. I came into teaching to teach but have sacrificed happiness, a social life, a quality family life and my passion for athletics to do it. I spend most of my time completely exhausted and unable to sleep properly with trying to keep up with data collection for each student, keeping comments about everyone, tracking and reporting to my line manager about everyone, providing evidence of marking to a ridiculous level and providing evidence of feeding back and on and on. I came into teaching to make a difference. I like working hard but working like a donkey with no 'me' time doing stuff that doesn't help students at all and all because I can't be trusted to do my best for students is certainly not why I became a teacher. I never thought I would become a statistic but I hope by this time next year I have a new career. I can't keep this up and I'm supposed to be full of energy aged 26!
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  9. drek

    drek Star commenter

    The leaders put in charge of rolling out the new curriculums do not have a clue how to do it, and have idiotic egomancs for managers and training consultants.
    The new content will definitely require the old system of subject specialists right from year 7, if they are to make any progress.
    The history of using biologists to teach chemistry and physics for example, worked for a while, Because the gcses upto now were at higher level of ks3, school managers could cover this up as some sort of 'good for your CV' exercise. It resulted in very poor quality candidates at A level.
    Furthermore using biologists and coursework route teachers to observe maths. physics and other equally challenging subject teachers, was one of the reasons that led to a subject shortage. The expectation of wanting to 'observe' the same level of card sorting, poster making, probably drove tbse teachers out. You cant tell a stupid observer how stupid they are. Best to leave!
  10. drek

    drek Star commenter

    My point! Congratulations. This year and next year are the best ones to leave, until the govt gets rid of the layers of useless leadership scales. Experienced better quality teachers are being silenced and forced to listen to inexperienced peers, resulting in huge inefficieny, too much of the 'spreadsheet for me' syndrome, because they were conferred some leadership points by a mismanging SLT.
    The employment law was changed by the tories, to turn workplaces into mini colonial style dictatorships. And it is succeeding. They are becoming unrecognisable as places of education.

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