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Is it impossible to be a part time teacher?

Discussion in 'Part-time and job share' started by Sonny73, Mar 21, 2019.

  1. Sonny73

    Sonny73 New commenter

    I’m looking for the experiences of teachers going part time after having children. I’m a secondary English teacher and have been trying desperately hard to stay in teaching after I had my daughter. I’ve worked in two schools in three years on a part time contracts and have found the experience soul destroying. I’ve been given the worst classes, felt completely undervalued, and I’m currently being pushed out of the second school as they only want ‘full time staff’. Throughout my time at my current school I’ve worked really hard to ‘sell myself’. I’ve had outstanding observations with some of the toughest classes in the school and even gone through interview processes for tlr posts. I’m not applying for another teaching role because I feel broken- it’s Easter next week and the school are not making my contract permanent. They’re advertising for full time staff. I’m looking at jobs with the local council which will halve my income because I don’t know what else to do. I believe I’m a really good, hardworking teacher- but I’m not recognised as such by schools. Despite the fact I have a young child, I’ve been adamant that my performance during work matches that of my colleagues. There are no concerns with my professional performance. I’ve been teaching for ten years. Has anyone else had similar experiences? Are you still in teaching? Did you return after your children were in school?
  2. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    At my school there are HoDs/HoY who have returned part time since having children, plus numerous other staff.
  3. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    It sounds as though you should challenge why your post has not been made permanent contractually. I have done and succeeded several times with quality arguments politely placed forward.

    1. If you have been in your part time temporary post for four years - You have a right to have that contract made permanent. Part time workers are entitled to the same job stability at full time workers.
    2. Question why you have not been made permanent when the school is advertising posts as additional teaching is required on a permanent basis. To argue it is a full time permanent position, is discriminatory to part time workers.

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