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Is fear affecting your work?

Discussion in 'Independent' 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. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

  3. JessicaPowellJournalist

    JessicaPowellJournalist New commenter

    Haha - well that's good news. It would be interesting to get your thoughts/insights. As I said, I'm looking for positive stories too, so I would be keen to know what your school does to build a positive, supportive, fear-free environment? Might provide some tips/ideas for other schools.

  4. Alldone

    Alldone Senior commenter

    I think I must be one of the lucky ones. Went in to teaching after a career in Industry - including 5 years in the Middle East. Spent 28 years in Independent schools, 27 years in last one before retiring. I remember the interview in HT's study. Lovely warm day and as I looked outside noticed that a couple of teachers were playing tennis on the grass courts. Then some Year 12s walked past carrying golf clubs. I asked where they were going, the HT said its Wednesday afternoon so they will be on Games, playing on the school golf course. Thought I could fit in at this school.

    It was a very friendly school and there was no Ofsted, stupid marking policies, learning walks and very few observations. I used to teach A level Physics and Chemistry, so the HT would often phone to ask if I was doing anything interesting in the labs, when he was showing prospective parents around. Also did some IT teaching. In fact the HT asked if I could help him after school. Always got nice bottle of wine afterwards plus his wife baked lovely cakes.

    I guess a good indication on how well everyone got on is that the HT and his wife came to our wedding. Can't imagine that happening in many State schools.
  5. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

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