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Is fear affecting your work?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by JessicaPowellJournalist, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. JessicaPowellJournalist

    JessicaPowellJournalist New commenter

    Do you feel there's a lot of fear in the teaching profession currently? Is this new? Do you work (or have you worked) in a school where there's a 'culture of fear'? Does fear of inspections, exam results, accountability, being seen to be underperforming etc impact on your ability to do your job – or indeed, your health and happiness? Or perhaps your experiences are quite the opposite and you don't feel any major fear in your job and work in a positive, supportive school environment? Here at TES, we're working on a feature for the magazine about fear in the teaching profession – how common it is, what causes it, what impacts it has, and what can be done to avoid it. We'd love to hear your comments from the frontline about your experiences around this. Please do comment below or if you'd like to make an anonymous comment, please feel free contact me in a private conversation. Thank you.
  2. Sweep09

    Sweep09 New commenter

    I will PM you xxx
  3. lardylegs

    lardylegs Occasional commenter

    Absolutely there's a culture of fear. Constant raising of the bar happening everywhere. Book scrutinies, learning walks, demands that the working bloody wall be changed every sodding day, visits from County Advisers doing Maths/Literacy 'audits', requests for progress reports every half-term on every pupil, insistence on two-colour marking with Next Steps written for every piece of work in every subject... on and on it comes, with always the threat of Ofsted and the Capability word just hanging in the air.....
    Anonymity, Sweep09 and PepGreen like this.
  4. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    @Pomz this has the potential to be a positive thread :)
  5. thehawk

    thehawk Occasional commenter

    Most teachers wnat to do better and be better.

    Not all teachers have to be stressed in order to do it.

    Some need a relaxed approach to do their best.

    As with everyone, some teachers thrive under pressure; some people crumble.

    Good bosses know how to get the best out of each individual.
  6. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

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