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Negative thoughts...

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by notreallyme75, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. notreallyme75

    notreallyme75 Occasional commenter

    anyone else ever struggled with this?
    Feel like I’ve been totally shafted out of my role. Not because I’ve failed performance wise, but because I’m expensive and the needs of the school have altered.
    Been there a long time. Absolutely devastated to be treated this way.
    Really struggling to cope with it and what will happen next. Off work atm.
     
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  2. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Not being flippant but ...... you're one of thousands. Thousands!

    It's not you. It's THEM. Well, it's all of us. Indirectly. We either voted for austerity and cuts or we didn't stand up against it strongly enough.

    But the school can't afford you. A school isn't (contrary to what we'd like to believe) a centre of philanthropic beneficence. It's a low(ish)-cost way of getting millions of kids to read and write and function in society. But it still has to be paid for. And the money isn't there.

    I wish they'd just be honest about it rather than have to resort to subterfuge to dispense with our services. Perpetrate the lie that we're being ditched because we're incompetent. We're not. You're not. Far from it. But it's cheaper to get rid of you this way than offer what might be an expensive redundancy package.

    At least the miners in the 80s KNEW it was the government who'd deliberately flung them on the scrap-heap. There wasn't any of this bs about it. There was an attack made upon them. For teachers in 2019 it's a stealthy and insidious assault that's largely invisible to the other staff.

    No help to anyone. Not to you or to the miners. But don't let this defeat you. It's complete and utter sheet but you'll get through. This doesn't invalidate all the good you've done.
     
  3. notreallyme75

    notreallyme75 Occasional commenter

    Thanks... and I know. I know I’m one of many. They didn’t even tell me I was incompetent... or anything like that, just made it really clear that the job I’d been doing would no longer be like that but would be something else, and that there were people better suited to it. V upsetting!
     
  4. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

  5. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    If the work you're currently doing is no longer required then the role has become redundant. If you've been there a long time you should definitely get a proper package. So it's union all the way.

    There's no shame in redundancy. Schools don't seem to offer much these days except literacy and numeracy. So many enriching subjects and activities have been scrapped. It's appalling. It's even worse for the kids. They don't even know what they're missing.

    Union. This won't prevent you losing your role. But it ought to help you get what's owed to you.

    I know this isn't just about the money. It's about recognition. Well, you know what you've done and they know what you've done too. They're just too graceless and spineless to talk about it.
     
  6. notreallyme75

    notreallyme75 Occasional commenter

    Yeah it’s tough. I just loved my job and thought I’d done it well.
     
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  7. TailwindTurner

    TailwindTurner New commenter

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  8. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    You did do it well. Nobody can ever take that away from you.
     
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  9. notreallyme75

    notreallyme75 Occasional commenter

    Think I needed to hear that. Thank you.
     
  10. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Sad is OK. End of an era. And you still have plenty left in the tank. It's sad and it's a waste of your talent.

    But you know what you did and so do the students you helped. You helped build bricks in the walls of their lives. They may not even remember it but you did that. We all did. We've all done that. And, if you were born in 1975, you've still something to give. It might turn out to be not what you'd expected at this stage in your career but you WILL carry on and make (here I revert to my favourite "Every Child Matters") a positive contribution. Because that's what you do.
     
  11. daisy1603

    daisy1603 Occasional commenter

    I completely share your devastation. I was told last week that I no longer have a job. Didn't give me enough notice to find one for September, mortgage to pay, mouths to feed. Absolutely up the brown creek without so much as a boat let alone a paddle.
    Hope you are able to find something that you enjoy and that pays the bills soon (if that's what you want/need).
    Definitely them, not us.
     
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  12. notreallyme75

    notreallyme75 Occasional commenter

    Born in 1983 so...
    Grumpydogwoman I have admired your posts and advice to others and want to thank you for your words of wisdom. You have helped me enormously today.
     
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  13. notreallyme75

    notreallyme75 Occasional commenter

    I feel your pain.
    Hoping for positive news for you soon.
     
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  14. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    @daisy1603

    :(

    So sorry. Good luck with job-hunting.
     
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  15. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    1983. You're barely older than my daughters and you've worked so hard to get where you are. :(
     
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  16. daisy1603

    daisy1603 Occasional commenter

    Sorry to jump on your post @notreallyme75 but just to let you know I share your negative thoughts. Thought I had a good case against my school for my lack of job but just been told I have no case at all.
    Definitely considering a long walk off a short, high something or other :(
    Yet again my career and life are left in tatters by a school.
     
  17. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    @daisy1603

    Please ring one of the numbers at the top of the page. Please talk to someone. Please do it now.
     
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  18. Happygopolitely

    Happygopolitely Established commenter

    Get out. Get promoted if you can. Find another school .
     
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  19. notreallyme75

    notreallyme75 Occasional commenter

    Aw no!
    Please don’t think you’re on your own. I too have felt like this for the past 24 hours. Did you call one of the numbers as suggested?
    Please don’t despair. There are lots of lovely schools that will need you.
     
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  20. notreallyme75

    notreallyme75 Occasional commenter

    I know. You’re right. Just hurts after so long. Gave it my all.
     

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