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Thinking of making the leap to Independent from State - what can I expect?

Discussion in 'Independent' started by chrissiec, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. Although I cannot advise re secondary or boarding, I have recently made the leap across the divide from primary to an independent day school. I am VERY happy. For me the biggest improvement is concentrating on teaching and learning - not on unproductive paperwork. I am working hard, but it feels so much more worthwhile. The relationship with parents is obviously different. Working hours are officially longer, but I am beginning to reclaim my life.

    Terms and conditions of employment vary so much from school to school that you will have to examine them closely - no burgundy book in the independent sector.

    I am sure that others will be along with more experience and advice specific to your situation

    Good luck.
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  3. Hi, I made the change from state to independent this September and I have to say it was the right decision. The term time work load is higher (for a start they all hand their homework in!) but I am happy to spend time planning lessons I know will be appreciated instead of planning lessons that will be met with apathy or worse. I've gone from 32 in a class to around 12 - 14 which makes marking books less of a chore, and the behaviour management is completely different. In fact I haven't really had to do any behaviour management! We are expected to do an after school activity and two or three Sat or Sun boarding duties a year but I guess this would vary a lot between different schools. My mum has said that I look so much happier now and I have much lower stress levels. I'm actually struggling to think of a negative to balance it.......hmmm.....will have to try to think of one!
  4. millicent_bystander

    millicent_bystander New commenter

    Hi Colander,
    You really don't need to think of a negative! I'm finding the stress levels far too high and am welcoming the positive feedback. I've just sent my application off, so have fingers and toes crossed that I can start my 10th year of teaching in a happier environment!
  5. hoglett

    hoglett New commenter

    Millicent - I am in a similar position to you but I'm still looking - nothing out there at the minute! [​IMG]
  6. millicent_bystander

    millicent_bystander New commenter

    It's not the best time of year to be looking, but we'll keep plugging away, something has to come up. [​IMG]
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    For all of you hoping to break into the independent school market:
    1) Read the clickables inside the Welcome thread here on Independent to get a picture of the sector
    2) Do a search on this forum for "state" or "maintained". You will get several threads where people ponder the Pros and Cons of the move.
    The Opinion Forum has some too:
    3) Pop along to the JobSeekers Forum and read all the clickables inside the Welcome thread there to get a feel for how to go about applying for a job in general.
    Queries about a job in the indy sector will be best answered on this Forum - you can search for threads such as:
    Applying for an Independent School for first post - any advice?
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.

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