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Discussion in 'Retirement' started by Jesmond12, Dec 22, 2016.
Just two weeks to go like you Jesmond12 and I'm so fed up with teaching the new gcse technology course to my year 9s (we start ks4 in y9) that I've gone back to teaching then some electronics which was my original speciality before the new disastrous and wretched single title technology came in. They love it and I'm relishing a final chance to teach some proper content rather than the Mickey mouse stuff that I was before. This new technology gcse will see the death of Dt in schools because it is so disparate, content heavy and soul destroying tedious that teachers won't want to teach it nor the kids want to study it. One year of it and I'm retiring and good riddance to bad rubbish I say.
Nine days to go! I always said that I would retire the year I turn 60. Happily, it falls the year before we have to implement the new specifications for GCSE and A Level Design & Technology. Starting my teaching career in 1978 teaching woodwork, metalwork and technical drawing, it's really sad the way D&T has gone. We had an excellent opportunity a few years back to really put the subject on the map, but for many reasons this has passed us by and it's gone full circle, with the subject reverting back to being a low status subject in many schools, just like it was 39 years ago. Just a few beacons of excellence, but for how long...
Anyway, proud of my contribution to design and technology teaching over the years, but a new future beckons away from the early mornng alarm clock and the hourly bells, and starting with two weeks in Sicily in September!
Oh fantastic. Good luck for the last few days.
I spent my last afternoon on here posting OMG this is it etc., zipped round for a brisk farewell, then howled all the way home - it had been something of a nightmare. All part of life's rich pattern as someone said.
Tonight I have been to a farewell retirement dinner of a local primary Head in my Family of Schools. On the one hand he couldn't stop talking about his school (of which he is rightly very proud - he's been there 25 years - 15 as HT) on the other he was talking about his plans for retirement. I hope that he makes the switch successfully.
9 Days to go Woohoo.
Sorry for the countdown but I'm getting rather excited.
No need to apologize. We're with you in the anticipatory satisfaction.
This has been posted on Primary by @sparkz I really like it . You should have a go at a retirement one @Jesmond12
"The Full Stop Day
Last six hours of primary school
Goodbye is getting near
The sums and sentences all done
The full stop day is here
Last five hours of primary school
Where everything's before
The aims and games and crazes
no one’s crazy for no more
Last four hours of primary school
Surrounded by a class
Who'll scatter soon and not return
when summer’s days have passed
Last three hours of primary school
One final lunchtime play
Instead of chasing friends we try
to chase and catch the day
Last two hours of primary school
The clock hands blur and skid
Signing shirts, remembering
the coolest things we did
Last one hour of primary school
With Sir who understood
And helped me see I could achieve
‘cos he believed I could
Last half hour of primary school
The assembly we all dread
We can not sing - us Year Six kings
The crown slips from our heads
Last ever second of primary school
The full stop rings in our ears
But a thousand chapters left to write
We must vacate our childhood site
For time moves on and time is right -
To leave our wonder years"
©2009 Mark C Bird
I will have a go tomorrow- though I'm not very poetic
I trust that you have your Lamborghini ready for your escape?
Obviously you won't have upset the mafia...
8 days to go.
Very good day today. I was also offered a job out of the blue to start in September. Now deciding whether to accept it. I was told that I could start after my holiday in September. Very tempted as it would be part time.
Sometimes people need a transition job from the Big Job to Being Relaxed Enough to Retire.
Well done! Is it in education or something completely different?
It is in Education which is why I am thinking about it as I have been saying that I will walk away from education and not look back. I suppose that I was very flattered to be asked especially after my difficult year.
I didn't think I would want to set foot in a school again but I am enjoying my part time roles. Every time I visit schools I can't believe how lucky I am not to be responsible for everything, especially after last week's sats results! If you're tempted by it, give it a go. If you don't enjoy it you can always resign. It helps cushion the drastic change in income, too.
Thats really good, love it!
Although I'm finishing with the day job, I'm continuing as a moderator; it's a good way to keep the brain active, keep doing what I'm good at, stay involved with education (but at arm's length, with the occasional school visit) and helps the income transition.
Well, this time next week the kids will have gone home and the staff will be having the leavers' lunch. My retirement plans have gone a little pear-shaped. I was due to completely finish this July but last week I was approached by the head and asked to stay on part time. Apparently the school hadn't had a single applicant for my job. I teach DT up to A-level. So, I'm staying on to see my current Y10s through to the end of Y11 because they're doing one of the old separate specialism GCSEs and my A-level specialism is being scrapped for new Y12 students so I'll just be seeing through the current Y12s to A2.
Despairing a little bit but consoling myself with the fact that with my unexpected part time earnings I'm going to treat myself to a new (second hand) car or a conservatory.
Good for you. You completely have the upper hand here and can more or less do what you like. After all what are they going to do about it?
One more week left for me or 5 more get ups, 100 miles left to drive and my last 5 shirts and ties have already been chosen- I kid you not!
This time next week though I expect that I will be feeling sad but excited.
@Shedman - if you are taking arb make sure you have a NEW contract with a break of AT LEAST one day - TPS rules - if in doubt talk to TPS