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I need to get out!

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by CAAC, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. CAAC

    CAAC New commenter

    Hi all,

    Looking for ideas/advice/other people’s experiences. I’m an IT teacher, I’ve been teaching for 15 years and have been a HOD for 14 of these years.
    I deliver IT and creative iMedia courses at KS4 and have a basic understanding of Computing - although this doesn’t come naturally to me and I don’t enjoy it.
    My degree is BSc (Hons) KeyStage 2/3 with IT so I’m trained to teach primary also.
    With recent changes in my subject and the exam boards becoming unrealistic (nationally grade 9’s awarded in other subjects to students is 3.89% compared with 0.52% nationally achieving Dist* in my subject. Plus the top grade only being worth 8.5 and not 9, I really can’t win with Prog8), many schools being called in to disrepute with malpractice and plagiarism investigations, the huge marking burden and stress of still being controlled assessment subjects and generally not spending anywhere near enough quality time with my family and fearing for my own mental health and well-being, I’m looking for out but have no idea what to do. I’ve looked at plenty of jobs which interest me but most require a degree in social work. We’ve recently bought a new house and I need to earn around £35k to be able to survive (this is a £10k cut). Any ideas appreciated.
    rolchadax likes this.
  2. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    You need to accept the fact its unlikely you are going to walk into another career without experience and earn £35 at the start. You might need to lower your expectations a little.

    Teaching isn't as badly paid as its perceived to be. Unless you are supply , in which case it is.
    agathamorse and mothorchid like this.
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Could you move to prep school or middle school teaching? They you'd teach your subject, but have none of the pressures of stupid GCSEs. If you move to prep, you'd also get a fair bit of freedom over what you actually teach within the subject.

    Stupid GCSE pressures are the reason I moved from secondary years ago and I found a whole new love of teaching in KS2/3. Given all the reasons you have given for wanting out are to do with exams, as opposed to teaching itself, you might find similar.
    agathamorse likes this.
  4. CAAC

    CAAC New commenter

    I’d love to teach middle school but I’m based in the northwest and we don’t have any up here! I would like to go back to Primary but I’ve applied for quite a few jobs with no success, cheap NQT’s are much more attractive (I don’t blame the schools tbh, NQT who is cheap and no commitments to get in the way of planning/marking etc vs me, more expensive with a young family!).
  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Moving to primary will make you too expensive. Someone with 3-4 years experience and possibly a 4 year degree in primary will cost about £20 000 less than what you currently earn, and you have no experience of primary teaching at all. (I had the same problem when I moved away from a middle school area.)

    You could try prep schools...not sure where in the NW you are, but there will be some independents. You'd probably also get to teach more than just your subject.
    agathamorse likes this.
  6. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    If you change career you need to see salary as an average of 5-10 years. That’s because you will go in at the bottom of a scale and them move back up to the top. So rather than a starting salary, ask yourself how much do you need to earn over ten years in total. You can then borrow from your future annual salaries to top up your immediate first couple of years of salary - e.g. a £25k loan over five years at low interest. But your salary will increase over five years to eventually pay back to the first two years what you needed to borrow.

    The other point is you will need to invest money in retraining. If you want to earn good money as a specialist then you need a new specialism and new specialist knowledge to sell to an employer. E.g. accountancy.

    Took me five years to get back to my old HOD salary and I’d still be earning more as a HOD now than I do right now. But I earn enough like you aspire to.
    agathamorse likes this.
  7. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    If he's in the same area of the NW as I am, there's none left, but it depends how far you're willing to travel, OP. Would you be interested in working for the 'big companies'-it's not as creative as teaching should be, but maybe better w/l balance? Could you see a careers advisor-your Uni might offer this, though some only offer this to recnt leavers?

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