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School - TV programme

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by LaurenB4000, Nov 20, 2018.

  1. LaurenB4000

    LaurenB4000 New commenter

    I just watched the programme School tonight and it made me feel so sad at the end when I watched staff who tried their best but felt they had to leave. It makes me feel so frustrated to see hard working and passionate school staff suffering under all these unnecessary pressures. I can relate to most of it as I'm going through a tough time recovering from work related stress so I can sympathise with the staff at
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    It seems so many teachers are leaving the profession which is something I am considering also - even though I love teaching I just don't think I can cope with all the stress again.

    Sorry, but just felt I had to say something as this programme highlighted many of the workplace dilemmas we see on these forums. I have children of my own, I just hope by the time they start Secondary school things will be more settled in the education system and we can attract the subject specialists we require to teach our children. I can see why graduates don't enter the profession and if they watched the programme tonight I doubt any of them will apply!

    I apprectiate that there are fantatsic schools out there with staff who are receiving support and enjoy their job - my previous school before relocating was fantastic. However, most of the time all I hear is it is getting worse and teachers are experiencing burnout, which often results in anxiety and/or depression due to all the pressures highlighted tonight.

    I do hope things change to ensure all pupils have a chance of achieving their true potential and to attract all those good teachers back. I attended a union workshop recently where there were many teachers who are working in other professions waiting for teaching to improve in hope to return one day - one of them has been waiting 6 years!
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  2. saluki

    saluki Lead commenter

    Agree totally. At the end of the day it was, and always is, the kids who suffer.
    I loved school. I would not want to be a young person going through the education system today. I would not want to be a parent either. Let alone a teacher.
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  3. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    This was indeed a sad programme. There were lots of teachers doing their best, trying to improve the school, and that included the HT who I felt was very isolated and without any workable solutions. Some of the vox-pops from the pupils were interesting although I got the feeling that they had been chosen from a muc bigger bank of interviews.
    However, thinking about it later, this is an unusual setting. Here is a school with a capacity of 1400 pupils but with only 500+ on roll, and with the school shrinking year on year for demographic reasons. So fixed costs to run the school are now spread over less than half the per-pupil income. Big pastoral and other teams, as well as teaching staff, are being funded by reducing numbers of pupils. Reading between the lines, the school and MAT had been funding this from reserves, but there's a limit to what could be achieved there.
    So the staff (and pupils) are faced with a shrinking school which may result in redundancies; low morale because of this; adverse Ofsted reports which further damage morale, reduce pupil recruitment and put potential Maths and History teachers off applying; staff stress causing further absences and consequent extra costs. It's a perfect storm. The new HT must be very brave.
    Ofsted report from May 2018 is online and tends to confirm what the programme showed us. Good to see from the school website that there are no vacancies for teachers at present.
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