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I want to quit my job

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by Georgia99, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Georgia99

    Georgia99 New commenter

    I have completed half a term as a NQT and have not enjoyed it. I have had one observation so far and it was rated good so it isn't like I am miserable because I'm failing.
    My school doesn't have the good staff relationships that my PGCE placement schools had. Staff don't socialise at break/lunch times and as I am alone in a building on the outskirts of the school I feel very lonely.
    I haven't had much support, I had my first observation just before Christmas and feedback and this was the first time I had met with my NQT mentor. I work 4 days a week and the NQT meetings they hold are on my day off which doesn't help. My hod is winding down to retirement this year and really doesn't give two monkeys about anything, he doesn't even understand the courses I am delivering as he only teaches A Level so is of no support.
    There is noone coming along to say 'Georgia when you have completed this marking I'll check it or this is where the marking needs to go once complete etc'. My contract is only temporary and I think they are just leaving me to it because they know the post holder will return in a few months and clear up any of my mess, which is bound to be left as I am a NQT receiving no guidance. Any conversation I have with my hod involves him referring to the fact that I am temporary. It's funny because the head teacher came up to me and said she might have a permanent part time job for me in September but I really don't want to stay.
    I could literally have spent the last half of a term not planning a single lesson and doing anything with the students, noone would know or it seems even care. I teach Psychology which is offered at my school for Yr 10 plus and the course was actually piloted for students who didn't 'fit' anywhere else so I have low ability students and those with social/emotional difficulties. I don't mind this but behaviour can be struggle on top of the fact that the course can be quite tough for the kids.
    Sorry needed to get that off my chest.
     
  2. Georgia99

    Georgia99 New commenter

    I have completed half a term as a NQT and have not enjoyed it. I have had one observation so far and it was rated good so it isn't like I am miserable because I'm failing.
    My school doesn't have the good staff relationships that my PGCE placement schools had. Staff don't socialise at break/lunch times and as I am alone in a building on the outskirts of the school I feel very lonely.
    I haven't had much support, I had my first observation just before Christmas and feedback and this was the first time I had met with my NQT mentor. I work 4 days a week and the NQT meetings they hold are on my day off which doesn't help. My hod is winding down to retirement this year and really doesn't give two monkeys about anything, he doesn't even understand the courses I am delivering as he only teaches A Level so is of no support.
    There is noone coming along to say 'Georgia when you have completed this marking I'll check it or this is where the marking needs to go once complete etc'. My contract is only temporary and I think they are just leaving me to it because they know the post holder will return in a few months and clear up any of my mess, which is bound to be left as I am a NQT receiving no guidance. Any conversation I have with my hod involves him referring to the fact that I am temporary. It's funny because the head teacher came up to me and said she might have a permanent part time job for me in September but I really don't want to stay.
    I could literally have spent the last half of a term not planning a single lesson and doing anything with the students, noone would know or it seems even care. I teach Psychology which is offered at my school for Yr 10 plus and the course was actually piloted for students who didn't 'fit' anywhere else so I have low ability students and those with social/emotional difficulties. I don't mind this but behaviour can be struggle on top of the fact that the course can be quite tough for the kids.
    Sorry needed to get that off my chest.
     
  3. Hi Georgia,
    I hope you are ok. At the end of the day, whatever you choose it is your choice. I qualified in 2009 and have only just secured a one year contract, which I started in September, it is not my subject specialism and it is not what I initially imagined doing but sometimes its a case of finding the silver lining!
    I have worked on some crazy contracts over the last couple of years but generally just had my head down and got on with it. I have completed one term in an Academy teaching one subject, I now teach a completely different one! I also started teaching one term in a School as an NQT to get made redundant 4 weeks before signing off my last term, ARGH!!
    If you are truly unhappy move on, the teacher support network are good if you want someone to talk to outside of friends or family.
    Use all of the pre-prepped resources you can find, take pleasure in the simple things in life and give it a little time if you can.
    Good luck with whatever happens.
    Bluetutu :)
     
  4. The previous 'poster' is right, there is not much call for psychology teachers - it often is a very isolated subject. I too am an NQT in Psychology and have found that going on CPD courses hosted by our examining board to be invaluable, especially in terms of marking!! They also allow a perfect opportunity to network with others psy teachers and build up a contact base.
     
  5. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    I am an NQT and I too am not enjoying this year, but for different reasons from you. Sometimes I feel quite lonely because the other NQTs I know are enjoying their jobs (not necessarily finding it easy, but at least enjoying having their own class). So I just wanted to comment and let you know that you're not alone... however, you say your job is only temporary, so try and stick it out for the next few months. It really is better to be in any work than no work in the current climate.
     

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