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In the C Club

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by fudgeface, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. Cooperuk

    Cooperuk Senior commenter

    I'll echo what;s been said here by others - regional level union involvement to make sure the process is monitored / fair.

    Or, get the heck out of Dodge...especially if others at UPS have had similar situations.

    It's sometimes about £££ and not performance. The C Club can be a way to get shot of expensive staff.
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  2. daisydayz13

    daisydayz13 New commenter

    So sorry to hear of your situation. one thing I'd add, based on suggestions from others on my recent dilemma is DO NOT RESIGN
  3. fudgeface

    fudgeface Occasional commenter

    Thank you all. Am seeing rep tomorrow. I think I'm going to see the outcome of the formal meeting first. Mind is just racing. I've been at this place ages and am well liked by the kids.

    I am seriously thinking about taking my pension if I can (probably not quite old enough) but now is probably not the time to be making rash decisions
  4. fudgeface

    fudgeface Occasional commenter

    And I'm going to go to the GP and get my antidepressants upped
  5. rooney1

    rooney1 Occasional commenter

    I can't really add to the other advice but wanted to say something.
    You need to look after yourself first. Seeing your GP is good. I had beta blockers to stop the tremors.
    Please don't go to any meeting without a union rep - preferably regional.
    Let your union rep do all the talking if you can.
    Ask for a copy of the minutes before you leave the building - even if it's just the notes photocopied.
    Don't resign - you need to think carefully about the future.
    As others have said - it is possible to find work in a different place and be happy - I did.
    If you are nearly at pension age then you are almost certainly the age to be targeted ( cost ? too much knowledge and experience? )
    If your GP advises time off - you may want to take it.
    Try to get some rest.
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  6. fudgeface

    fudgeface Occasional commenter

    Am early 50s with about 28 years service. Thank you Rooney for your support. I will definitely not go to the meeting without Union
  7. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    GP first thing tomorrow. This will give you time to contact your union who will read through the papers with or for you.
    Do not go in on your own under any circumstances.

    All the best. You will get through this.
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  8. Alwaysworried

    Alwaysworried New commenter

    Look after yourself. My previous head (who had done this type of thing to several people before me) decided I would be in the hit list about this time last year. Started with unrealistic expectations, moving goal posts, undermining me with colleagues, chipping away at my self esteem. Then threats of capability. I became a shell of my former self, it effected my home and school life. I now work in a lovely school where I am slowly rebuilding myself but I think trying to tough it out has left long term scars. If I was advising myself back then, knowing what I know now it would be seek professional help - union and medical, be kind to yourself and plan exit as quickly as possible. Take care
  9. Fer888

    Fer888 Occasional commenter

    Thinking of you Fudgeface. Nothing more to add to the excellent advice already given. Just take care of yourself and use the support here when you need it.
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  10. fudgeface

    fudgeface Occasional commenter

    Awake, exhausted, teeth grinding
  11. secretteacher2357

    secretteacher2357 Occasional commenter

    This is normal. You may feel like this for a while until your stress levels drop. It DOES get better.

    Call in sick, see your GP. In the meantime, read a book, have a bath, catch up on some tv, watch a movie...distract yourself with pleasant activities.

    Be kind to yourself x
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  12. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    You can retire on a reduced pension from the TPS at 55.
  13. Tinycat1234

    Tinycat1234 Established commenter

    One way or another, you’re going to get a long term positive outcome for you! Just wanted to send my support and best wishes.
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  14. fudgeface

    fudgeface Occasional commenter

    Thank you everyone. I went in today and held my head high and taught (in my opinion) good lessons.

    Tomorrow is another day. Waiting on union advice from regional level, but my school rep thinks although in some areas I do have a case to answer, SLT have not really given any support and there is a lack of hard evidence with some inaccuracies. I should be on an informal support plan.

    My rep thinks that if SLT go in hard, they are bullies.

    Hope I can hang on until I'm 55, Frank!
  15. fudgeface

    fudgeface Occasional commenter

    Thank you so much, Tinycat.
  16. Alice K

    Alice K Occasional commenter

    Hi, I echo all the sentiments expressed by other TESSERS.
    When anything major like this happens, it is natural to feel as if your life is going into a spin and stress levels will inevitably rise. What you are experiencing is normal although it probably feels anything like 'normal' at the moment.

    FWIW, I have taught for many years and witnessed many situations within schools that were so unfair to many colleagues. Be assured ,you are not alone. If you feel that your anxiety is unmanageable,take some time off. There is absolutely no shame in it. It will give you a breathing space and gradually you will get it into perspective. You have given many years of service to education, don't let anyone take that away from you. Be kind to yourself, seek out trusted friends that will support you and follow all the advice about union support.
    Thinking about you and willing you on.
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  17. fudgeface

    fudgeface Occasional commenter

    Thank you so much, Alice. Has anyone here actually come out the other side of this process?
  18. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    Don’t let the bar stewards grind you down.Try to hang in there. It’s not as if you’re no good at teaching, what it is, is that they are trying to make you feel that way!!! And unfortunately they are succeeding.
    You can retire early at 55 but you will lose 5% per year of your benefits for every year beneath your NPA (60). That’s a lot. If I were you I’d not take it early, I’d look for another school or supply and keep going for as long as you feel well. Best wishes.
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  19. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    I can beat Friday afternoon, try the day before the last day of half term! (as in before the holiday.) Thanks for ruining my half term! Jerks!
  20. fudgeface

    fudgeface Occasional commenter

    Thank you Yodami. Do you earn enough in supply to make pension contributions? I looked on the supply forums last night and people seemed to think work opportunities were down.

    Key factor for me is that there aren't many jobs going in my subject area.

    Scienceteachasghost - are you going through this process at the moment?

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