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Peripatetic - are there any others out there???!

Discussion in 'Personal' started by senlady, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    Not really 'personal' but as there is no Peripatetic teacher forum I just wondered if there were any others of my 'rare' (?!) breed out there! :D
  2. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    Seems not.

    Wossit mean anyway? (Can't be bothered to google).
  3. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Moving from on place to another. From Greek peripato- I walk around.
  4. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Typically a music teacher. Either going from school to school providing instrumental tuition or, as I did, just plain old music lessons to infants.
  5. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    My post above should say moving from 'one' place to another.
  6. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    There are (or maybe?!) plenty of roles around in this capacity (or maybe my region is in la-la land?!) Hearing Impairment teachers, visual impairment teachers, specific learning difficulties teachers, other specialist teachers.

    It throws up v different challenges and interest than being school based so just wondered if there was anyone else to chuck ideas about with.

    Seems not!
  7. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Sounds a bit like a supply teacher .they seem to wander around :)
  8. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Well, I HAVE done it. Music. As I said above.

    What sort of ideas?

    I have also done hearing-impaired and SEN and would be quite happy to dart about doing that kind of work. OK, you don't have a base and you have to lug a bit of stuff round.

    BUT can they pin you down to staff meetings, eh? Think of that. Reports? You may get away with that too.

    Plus you never get bored. And, if there's some of it that doesn't appeal, you'll always find something rewarding.
  9. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    So is it what I do? Wandering around talking through the powerpoint making eyecontact with the numpties and trying to engage them personally? (I am in FE) We have fun too, I doubt the old git Wilshaw would like that.
  10. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    I used to. SPLD, then behaviour management. Ten years altogether and I enjoyed it for the most part. Did have reports to do though and some parents evenings, plus governor training and training some MA students.

    Missed being part of a school team though and the M25 got to me eventually.
  11. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    Polite response ... precisely why I wondered if there was anyone in a similar role! I wish I was 'wandering around'
  12. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    Ah I can only imagine the M25 nightmare! thankfully a long way from me.
  13. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    I very much enjoy being non school based but it is a tricky balance of seeing pupils (70+ on my current caseload and about 2/3 new referrals per week) timing travel and time in the office to write reports, contribute to assessment, attend feedback meetings, attend reviews, providing training for staff, marking work for accredited training etc.

    All with the LA slowly reducing budgets- and more directly central government banging on about schools being 'released from the dead weight of the LA' - leaving the children with needs desperately short on support.
  14. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Sounds like a great job to me.

    One of your problems is the resistance of staff to you coming in and 'telling them what to do'. I know that happens. I'd forgotten but I also did outreach for traveller children. Swan in and swan out again, eh? ;)

    I love that kind of thing.

    Stick with it while you can. You're right. It may not last forever.
  15. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    I work in several schools-does that count.?I enjoy the variety that the job brings. If one school annoys you , there are the others to look forward to. I miss the sense of belonging that you get being attached to just one school though.
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  16. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    That's exactly it @sparklepig. There was always another school to go to if you were fed up with one of them. But no sense of belonging so that's one of the reasons I changed in the end.
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  17. fivepartharmony

    fivepartharmony New commenter

    Yes, I am peripatetic but in a slightly different role to you. I work with pupils who can't attend school because of a physical or mental health condition and work in homes, libraries and sometimes in school. It is actually a lovely job but has a major downside of not having a contract- it's classed as sessional work. I also used to work as a specialist teacher for an LA inclusion team and I do remember that there were some advantages and disadvantages to not being in school. Having a case load of 70 sounds totally unworkable though!

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