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Resigning my TLR

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by FriarLawrence, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. FriarLawrence

    FriarLawrence Occasional commenter

    I have a reasonably generous whole-school TLR, which I loathe. I want to give it up, and given the recruitment crisis I can't imagine they'd be inclined to insist I resign my entire post, as I'm well-regarded as a teacher, with excellent results.

    What kind of impact might this have on my reference prospects etc? Would you think giving up a TLR because I dislike it and it makes me stressed and anxious would "mark my card" with the bosses? Would it mean future promotion opportunities might not happen? I just want to excel in my subject, and any future responsibility I take on I want to be strictly related to my curriculum area.
    Happygopolitely likes this.
  2. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Well, they can't give you a BAD reference. It has to be fair and accurate.

    You just ensure your personal statement mentions you had a TLR and why you renounced it. You are a subject specialist and you don't want to commit to (for example) pastoral care or SEN. You know because you tried it and had the gumption to give it up as it was getting in the way of your specialism and keeping abreast of the latest thinking.
  3. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    I would say that you are clearly doing the right thing, @FriarLawrence and I applaud you for it. The amount of work compared to the amount of money in relation ot most TLRs is ludicrous.
    Resign it and enjoy the extra time in which you can catch up with all the work you have been unable to do because of the TLR...;)
  4. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    It’s more common than you think and your school will be delighted. People make all sorts of moves. Everyone in my dept took a pay cut and a power cut to come into Teacher Ed. We generally think more of those who said power and money were not as important as job satisfaction (in my trade).
  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    If you are well regarded, when it becomes time to move on, then simply ask your head not to mention the TLR in the reference. If, as is likely, at that time you are not a TLR holder, there is no need to mention it. You will just be a classroom teacher looking to move, end of story. You could mention in your statement some of the things you did, if they were relevant, but otherwise not.

    If people work in schools for a number of years, various responsibilities come and go. It isn't always possible to mention all of them in future applications and no real need to. If your school has decent people in SLT, they won't 'mark your card' within school either.

    If you hate it, then give it up. I will be asking to do the same for an area of responsibility when we go back after Easter. I loathe it, it causes me stress, I have to work with people I have no respect for and it just doesn't interest me at all. Best for all concerned if I give it up and there are others who (weirdly) will jump at the chance to take it on.

    As long as you do it all politely and professionally, there is no problem.
    Go and chat to the relevant person and see what they say.
  6. mrkeys

    mrkeys Occasional commenter

    My pay slip after about 1994 showed how much my MPS was and then a separate amount for the TLR.
    Basically it just showed how little they valued the TLR.
  7. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Make giving up the TLR a positive thing if you're ever asked about it when going for another job or promotion. You are a subject specialist, you want the best for your students, the TLR was diverting you from that and although your students' results haven't suffered, you felt you were spreading yourself too thinly. If you take on extra responsibilities in future you would want these to be subject based.
  8. FriarLawrence

    FriarLawrence Occasional commenter

    Thank you all. Yesterday was a difficult day, and I'm conscious that I don't want to make an emotional decision here so I'm going to think carefully about it over the coming weeks and see how I feel.
  9. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    You can’t unilaterally give up a TLR. Just bear that in mind.

    You can ask to resign it, and if there’s a suitable applicant the answer will prob be yes. But you can’t insist that you give it up, because you don’t want it.....
    agathamorse and Ex-teacher like this.
  10. FriarLawrence

    FriarLawrence Occasional commenter

    TBH if I asked to resign it and they said no, the way I'm feeling just now would probably mean I'd resign my entire post and do supply for a bit.
    ridleyrumpus likes this.
  11. Ex-teacher

    Ex-teacher Occasional commenter

    Agreed. I was desperate to give up my TLR in an attempt to regain my failing mental health, but no other b*gger wanted it, as they had seen what it had done to the previous 2 recipients... I took the work on as the tlr was already in place, not by choice.
    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  12. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Just have an honest conversation and hope someone else is strapped for cash!

    Note to aspiring TLR-holders: be careful what you wish for. Is that lovely dosh REALLY worth the aggravation? Be sure you know what you've let yourself in for.
    jlishman2158 and agathamorse like this.
  13. Happygopolitely

    Happygopolitely Established commenter

    Go for it. You love teaching and that is rare these days.

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