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Should I Return to Teaching?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by midnightstarlight, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. midnightstarlight

    midnightstarlight New commenter

    Hello everyone,

    So I quit teaching at the end of the last academic year (I was full time for two years and then did long term supply for 2 years). I went into a completely different career however I don't enjoy my job as much and I find myself really missing teaching.

    I've kept trying to talk myself out of it. I remember the horrendous hours/never ending work, the ridiculous paperwork, but I also truly miss the idea that I was making a difference in children's lives. I miss being a teacher, as it was something I've always wanted to do from when I was a child. I still feel like I'm a Teacher, it's just part of me. My SO often says that I "loved teaching but hated being a teacher" if that makes sense.

    Recently I've been thinking about moving into the private sector for smaller class sizes and more job autonomy (this is what I've read based on extensive research). But I would love to hear from teachers still in the profession. Have things eased up at all? Is it the same? And what is private really like? What made me quit was the micromanagement and how they kept piling on pointless extra work to box tick. I don't know if it has changed or if private schools are much different.

    Any advice would be massively helpful! Please don't sugar coat.
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    When reading your first couple of paragraphs this is what I was going to suggest to you.
    Independent schools aren't perfect, especially those at the lower end of the market, but they are much easier.

    You don't say if you are primary or secondary...but prep schools can be a good middle ground. All the fun of subject teaching, but no teenagers or public exams. (There is CE, but it isn't like GCSEs and league tables.)
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  3. midnightstarlight

    midnightstarlight New commenter

    Apologies for not stating before, but yes I'm primary based! Could you please tell me what about independent schools makes it easier, in your opinion?

    I've not considered prep as I assumed you'd need a degree equivalent to teach the subject. I'm extremely passionate about English, as I'm a writer and studied English literature up to A-Level, but I didn't think I'd be able to teach it because my degree is in Psychology (I did a PGCE afterwards).

    Thank you for your reply! :)
  4. becky70

    becky70 Occasional commenter

    Primary teacher from a state school here. The nonsense in state schools continues unabated. Despite this, I'm still happy in one at the moment. I suspect, like @caterpillartobutterfly, that an independent school might be right for you.
    agathamorse likes this.

    SEBREGIS Lead commenter

    This is a first. Someone trying to get back IN!

    If you want to, do it. You know the job, so there won't be any surprises.

    If you can find a nice school, then I'd suggest you give it a go.
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  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Prep schools generally go up to year 6 or year 8. Depending on the school how much it is like a primary and how much like a secondary. You could certainly be an 'English Teacher' or 'Head of English' in a prep. Some are run like primaries until year 3 or 4 and then more like secondaries higher up.

    It's easier because:
    There is more freedom with the curriculum. Most teach with regard to the NC, but aren't bound by it.
    There is freedom with how to teach...most don't have prescribed teaching methods.
    Inspections are a whole different ball game. ISI start from the premise that the school is fab, unless they find evidence to the contrary. Ofsted are more inclined to think a school is naff, unless the school can demonstrate otherwise.
    Classes are smaller, often half the size of state.
    Parents generally care about education and so are supportive with homework and the like.
    Behaviour is generally better, but kids are kids however much money their parents have.
    Holidays are longer.

    It's harder because:
    Days are often longer
    Parents evening and reports more frequent
    Parents can be more demanding
    A lot is expected in terms of extra-curriculum and open days, concerts, etc.

    Wouldn't move back to state though...not for all the world!
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  7. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

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