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Should I stay or should I go?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Mrs-Jonsey, Jan 30, 2019.


Stay or Go??

  1. Apply

    7 vote(s)
  2. Don’t apply

    0 vote(s)
  1. Mrs-Jonsey

    Mrs-Jonsey New commenter

    Advice needed..
    Context: I successfully achieved an interview back in June. I was desperate to leave my old job so just went for it and got it. Old head didn’t let me leave until 31st Jan.
    I’ve started my new school and it’s totally not what I had expected. Kids are challenging, I’m teaching a none specialism subject at KS5 which I’ve never done. Department is very different to my previous school (I was 1 of 3 now I’m in a massive department) I’m used to being a lone wolf with the flexibility to do things etc. Department has little to no money and classrooms are very small.....
    I went to look around another school which was very similar to my old job, I’ll be teaching my specialism only, in a department of 3 again and it’s guaranteed part time in Sept (that’s the reason I left my old place)
    I’ve voiced my concerns and it’s gone down like a lead balloon obviously. I’m aware it’s early days but has anyone ever got the feeling something isn’t right??
    Any advice would be great! X
  2. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    Hmm, tricky one. This new school has been very patient and accommodating in waiting until Jan for you. Is the mid-year start the reason you're out of specialism and will that change next year? Did you know you'd be out of specialism when you accepted?

    I sympathise with your feelings about preferring small dept and independence, preferring specialism etc BUT if you knew what you were taking on then it's not really a good reason to leave. On the other hand, if you were promised your specialism and didn't get it, then I'd feel you have more of a case UNLESS it's your late start that's the reason for that.
  3. GirlGremlin

    GirlGremlin Occasional commenter

    Your old head hasn't let you leave until 31st Jan, and it's the 30th today?! I'm very confused! Either way it doesn't sound like you've given it much time to settle in. Changing school is hard... I would give it more time to make a more informed decision.
  4. Weald56

    Weald56 Established commenter

    Go with your gut feeling. You have only one career (& life). Good luck anyway!
    mothergoose2013 likes this.
  5. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    You seem to imply that there were more push factors from your old job than maybe there were pull factors from your new one, and your departure was a bit rushed. It's not your new school's fault for being different - you should have taken time to check for the signs.

    That said, is your new contract by any chance temporary, ie 12 months or two terms only? Some schools do that as a matter of policy so they have an opt out if you don't make the grade in their eyes. If so, you're as free to not seek renewal as they are. Otherwise it might be in your longer term interests to give it a go to broaden your experience. I spent much of my career as a department of one, sometimes two, but working in bigger departments had its advantages too.
  6. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    I presume the Jan 31st in your first post should have been Dec 31st.

    Your current school has presumably had to make temporary arrangements for last term, and I think that unless things are very much not what you had been told to expect, you owe it to them to stick it at least until August, so that the kids are not faced with a new teacher every term.

    Resigning to leave at the end of the year is probably still not going to go down brilliantly, but try to give it a bit longer before you say "sorry, I think I made an honest mistake in thinking this is the right school for me". After all, it's not going to look good on references if they say that they waited a term for you to start and then you changed your mind within a month.

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