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Is it better to resign now or keep under my hat until February?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by mantilla, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. mantilla

    mantilla New commenter

    Hello all,

    As above really.

    I work in a school which is in Special Measures. I know I want to leave as I have young children and the workload now is just not sustainable for me. Everything is changing (mostly good stuff, I hasten to add) but I cannot carry on working every single evening for a part-time role. Should I resign now or wait to hand in the letter for a bit? I know from the school's point of view the sooner they get the letter the better, but are there any disadvantages to me doing it now?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    I'd do it now, help the school out.
  3. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    I agree. If you are 100% on going and nothing will change your mind, then do it now. I don't see any disadvantage for you.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    It would certainly help the school, who might be able to advertise, interview and appoint before the end of February, so they can have a replacement for after Easter.

    And I think it might help you too, because having it all decided and confirmed could be such a relief that you would feel less stressed, more relaxed.

    You might even enjoy the last few weeks of teaching!

    Have you seen the model resignation letter? Tag me. @TheoGriff if not.

    Best wishes

  5. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Your chances of unpleasant observation will probably drop. You'll probably feel happier and the school management will appreciate the time to plan.
  6. mantilla

    mantilla New commenter

    Thanks all, you have all confirmed what I had thought. I am already looking forward to getting back more of a social life and seeing more of my husband!

    I have written my letter. It is a variation on the great one on here, thank you.
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    (The missing thumbs-up emoticon)

  8. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    The only disadvantage is that you don't get to change your mind if (heaven forbid) some kind of domestic bother erupts and you end up needing the job.

    But a school in SM would probably be happy for you to just change your mind because the queue of good candidates for your job may not be very inspiring.

    Do it. Resign.
  9. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    I gave in my notice nearly a term earlier than needed (early March to leave at the end of August). The Head came round to thank me personally, and I am sure that it helped us find a good replacement - not always easy in Maths. I hope that whatever you do in future works out well for you.
  10. Rendellers

    Rendellers New commenter

    i also gave my notice a term early and my colleagues know it. They know I didn't want to leave them in the **** if the head doesn't replace me (UPS +). Please enjoy time with your family.
  11. Buttercream

    Buttercream New commenter

    Same here, I gave a terms notice and I felt so much better in myself because I knew I was leaving.
    However the school still couldn't fill my position (pmld school in the south) and appointed an unqualified teacher.
  12. mrkeys

    mrkeys Occasional commenter

    Told my school second week of September that I would be retiring in July. They did nothing about finding a replacement until second week of May!
    I felt so good knowing that I was leaving and had a countdown in my planner.
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  13. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    @TheoGriff I can't believe TES hasn't granted you your thumbs up emoticon yet!
  14. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter



    I'm thinking of staring a collection in the street outside TES Towers to pay for it.

    Best wishes

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  15. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    We definitely need one.
    Unfortunately only virtual but here's my donation

    [​IMG] to get it started.
  16. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  17. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Cant you just take a picture of your thumb up in the air and post it on your reply on here?
    ps make the size small or TES wont up load it.
  18. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    In my final (12 month temporary) post I tried to be helpful and told the Head around Christmas that I wouldn't be seeking a renewed contract for the following September. He stopped talking to me for some time afterwards and looked the other way whenever we passed in the corridor. I took it as a somewhat oblique compliment and eventually he calmed down. We parted on good terms and I liked working for him, but it was time for me to leave teaching and that was that. Once you've definitely decided to go, get the letter in and be done with it.

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