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Leaving after 4 years and need advice

Discussion in 'Independent' started by anemone21, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo,
    After working for 4 years in my school, after management change I was asked to leave without any good reason. I can only think it was personal - long story. I know I could have gone the legal route but to be honest I had enough and I do not want to work in this environment anymore but I do not want to leave my students or colleagues without a good bye or an explanation. Is it wrong to tell them and give an explanation? I have always had a very honest and pleasant relation with my colleagues and pupils so I have no qualms about telling the truth. Please advice...

  2. Sorry to hear that you had enough Anemone21 but hopefully once everything is over you will feel much better. From my point of view if you are happy with the truth, what is it to the management? Do they have something to hide? If they cannot stand behind their decision and justify it, they shouldn't have asked you to leave. Simple as that... Keep your professionalism and dignity but do not be afraid to speak the truth. Good luck .
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    A warning comes immediately to my mind.
    Yes, of course you will want to say goodbye to everybody, but why explain? Especially to the students - actually it is no business at all of theirs. You should not tell them anything at all, other than that you have decided to leave to start a fresh period of your life, or some such other bland reason that you wish.
    They should most certainly not be brought into any disagreement between staff and management. Neither openly nor by insinuation should you let pupils know that you are not on the best of terms with your managers. You must know, yourself, that this would be totally unprofessional.
    But before you even go round telling your colleagues the truth about why you are moving, just stop and ask what your aim is. Why do you want to give them an explanation?
    My guess is that you are feeling very depressed and upset about this, understandably so. And that you are therefore feeling in need of a round of sympathy from your colleagues. Again, I can understand that.
    But to be frank, I don't think that you should tell them that this is the result of a falling-out with SLT. Apart from anything else, you will be needing a reference to get any other job, whether in teaching or elsewhere, and you telling the truth may well be interpreted by your managers as bad-mouthing them.
    It is always best to leave a job in the most courteous way possible. You might get a short-lived flush of pleasure from telling the truth, but I reckon that in the long run you would come to regret it.
    So my advice is not to wash any linen in public - yours or anyone else's. Leave with your head held high, secure in the knowledge that you have acted totally professionally.
    And go over to JobSeekers and open the Welcome thread there to read all the advice about getting another job.
    Best wishes

    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.

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