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Stepping down from responsibility...?

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by elilala, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. elilala

    elilala New commenter

    I have been teaching for 11 years now and have only just moved to a new school last September after spending 10 years at my first school where I started as a NQT. I have worked my way up through internal promotions as a head of year etc. and also completed my AST qualification a few years ago. I left my old school for various reasons, I was deeply unhappy and felt I had been overlooked as the 'face didn't fit'. Now I find myself 8 months in to a new job as SENCo (2nd year in the role, did 1 year at old school) and in a similar situation that I am deeply unhappy again.
    I love teaching and my passion for my subject in the classroom carries on and I know it's not that I don't want to teach anymore but I don't want the extra responsibility. Being a HoY, SENCo even more so, has been incredibly challenging and I have learnt so much but I feel it has been at the detriment of my mental wellbeing so to speak. I have sacrificed a lot in my personal life and now have the realisation I am doing a job I do not want to do.

    There is no scope to step down at my current school but my question would be am I mad to 'give up' 11 years of working my backside off to progress and apply for a classroom teacher post??? Any advice welcome.

    Has anyone done this?
  2. campervanfreedom

    campervanfreedom New commenter

    I did this after my husband just upped and left me. My whole life felt destroyed but I didn't want to go on long term sick. I relinquished my role and went to being a main scale teacher. I must admit it was amazing but after 18 months I am feeling a little frustrated and am looking for a new challenge. There are real positives and negatives so I suggest you do two columns and see which dominates.
    Good luck with your decision.
  3. danpardoe

    danpardoe New commenter


    I went from being a standard classroom teacher to being a course leader (like a HoD) and then chose to go back to a standard classroom teacher.. Thankfully my workplace was accommodating in this.

    It was one of the best professional decisions I've ever made. There is a lot of pressure to progress but I found that I was becoming worse and worse at actually teaching. I was also spending more time with spreadsheets, data and meetings than with students. I am now a much better teacher because I chose to give up the responsibility.

    Health, family and friends are always more important than work.

    Hope this helps,

  4. voetsak1

    voetsak1 New commenter


    I get where you are at. I stepped down from HoD last year to classroom teacher.
    It was the right thing for me. I have a much better work life balance and feel more in control of my life. I had to move to a new school which at first was strange as I was at my previous school for 14 years.
    I don't miss middle management at all! In fact looking back I think I was a sucker to do all that extra work and hours for so little money.
    I now have time to enjoy my friends and family and even gone back to some hobbies.
    Seriously, life is for living, and I had forgotten that. This year had been an eye opener for. I thought the decrease in salary would be tough but it hasn't really been that bad.

    Hood that helps
    BubsyChicken likes this.

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