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This Is already a long term...

Discussion in 'Personal' started by red_observer, Nov 12, 2018.

  1. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    6 weeks still to go. Whoever planned this is an idiot. I’m already fed up with everything as it is. Dark nights. Kids who don’t want to learn. Asre licking staff. Not nice here at present. I feel like jacking it all in and accessing my pension which I can do in December when it’s my birthday. I can do it. Nothing to prove anymore. And for what?
  2. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    You sound very down in the dumps, Red. I have no helpful thoughts, but do send sympathy.
    Is there a chance you could set up a treat for yourself in the next couple of weeks? A day out? A theatre or cinema visit?
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  3. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    FWIW I took my pension at 56 & 10 months... Best thing I ever did (and I was still enjoying teaching most of the time).

    If you can hang on a bit longer it will help your pension - try working out how much you get paid per day/per lesson - I found that helped. When little oiks were making my life difficult, I'd be counting how much I had earned for that lesson, that day etc. :D
  4. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    Thank you @mothorchid yeah. Doing enjoy today when I found out via email we have changed the marking policy again. No consultation. It’s a trial of course but I’ve learnt not to chalked the Director of Faculty. What a pompous title. There are 5 other teachers in the Faculty ALL younger than me. They won’t rock the boat so I’m not going to either. I’m sick of it.
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  5. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    Thanks Frank. By getting paid per day what do you mean sorry?
  6. NoseyMatronType

    NoseyMatronType Lead commenter

    I empathise.

    Right now I am just in the process of formulating a viable exit strategy. It’s actually not too bad where I am but I still think that this could be my last academic year in the job.
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  7. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    It will be sad. Despite today I do like still teaching but lately I’ve lost some of that enthusiasm. Explains my grumpiness on here. I don’t feel valued at all.
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  8. Alice K

    Alice K Occasional commenter

    My sympathies - I took my pension at 56 but taught abroad for 3 years. After my return, I did supply that has been plentiful. In Scotland, supply is not regulated by agencies. You are employed by each local authority and have the more or less similar rights as a permanent teacher.
    Just a thought - perhaps you might consider doing supply. Having your pension could allow you to work part time. That might ease the strain.
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  9. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    Thanks @Alice K I’m not sure I would like supply tbh. But it’s a thought.
  10. 50sman

    50sman Senior commenter

    If you know you can go and be financially viable you are now working for yourself.

    Every extra day you work is a days extra pension and a day of NI contribution to tpyour state pension.

    Remember if the school don’t like it they will have to make moves to get rid which will involve some financial transaction.

    You can choose to go and then either do nothing, go on supply or stack shelves

    Up to you.

  11. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    I worked out how much I earned per week (yes, I know one is actually paid over the weekends & holidays too, but realistically one gets paid for the work one actually does!), then divided it by the number of lessons I taught...and then mentally told myself I earned £... per lesson, good or bad. However carp I was feeling, I found that a good way to get through lessons...But maybe that's jsut me!
  12. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    Ok thank you.
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  13. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    I have known a number of ex colleagues who used this method and, for some, it stopped them losing their temper and exploding at the carp being thrown at them.
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  14. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    It's a shame that young teachers will never know anything different.
    Could you tutor? Work with medically withdrawn students?
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  15. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Lead commenter

    Do it then.
  16. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Divide your annual salary by 195. It doesn't count all the other work time you need to do but gives you a view of what the day has been worth.
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  17. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    See post #11
  18. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Remember when you plan for escape with financial road maps drawn on silk knickers, essential fluids in Grand Cru Classé bottles, safe houses in exotic locations and so on, that if others are involved necessarily things can go tragically wrong. I relied on Maleficent doing her fair share for four years after I got over the wire but she tunnelled out shortly after.
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  19. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Sorry, Frank, I got ahead of that.
  20. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    Thanks raccers.

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