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It feels impossible to be a part-time teacher and a mum of a three year old

Discussion in 'Parenting' 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 inteaching? Did you return after your children were in school?
  2. Abitofeverything

    Abitofeverything Occasional commenter

    Hello, I wonder if it's easier in primary. Job shares are very common in primary schools and seem to work well on the whole. I went back part-time after having both of mine. I didn't, however, feel the same about teaching. I didn't feel as valued, as involved, as much part of the school community.
    I do wonder if they're purposefully making it hard for you as they prefer full-time teachers. Eng is such a big subject - friends of mine who teach secondary with smaller subjects seem to fare better but that's not much help to you.
    Are you planning on having another child? An impertinent question I know but it's even harder after 2. Could you do supply for a year or two? Or consider tutoring? I am currently tutoring only. I do pick up and drop off, and I make as much money in 3 hours as in a full day's teaching. Good luck!

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