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Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Apple76, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. Apple76

    Apple76 New commenter

    I’ve made the decision to leave teaching - planning a total career change at the end of this year and hopefully going back to uni to retrain.

    Now a week and a half away from resignation I’m seriously considering quitting now and just finding something else to tide me over. It’s not ideal as I’d have to eat into my savings, if I stay to the summer I’ll get paid till the end of August and I can also save another chunk during this year ready for my career save so I know that’s the sensible thing to do.

    But I’m struggling. I’ve had a very hard year personally and I feel I need time to just do an easy job and not have this every day. I’m sick of some of my classes. Sick of the huge groups and the lunch and break duty I do alone in the playground. Sick of behaviour of some pupils and the pointless meeting I have to go to later when it’s a beautiful day. And having to stay till 5.30 on Monday for appraisal meetings that are pointless.

    Pointless rant really. It’s a choice between keep my head down for the next 9 months, save up more money and done stress too much. But it’s mental health day and mine isn’t great and this job is making me unhappy every day.
     
  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    I feel your pain, and have been there.
    You could do supply - some find this good, others a stream of other people's horrible classes with kids you don't know annoying you
    You could see if you can find a baseline job getting enough to get by with no after-work additions.
    Alternatively, you look on about 26-27 weeks (hard ) work but 8 months pay, and earn yourself a nice holiday. You might need a mindset shift to manage this.
    Bottom line is, that you need to do what you feel best with those 7 months - is the extra money worth the hard graft and psychological stress or would you prefer less stress and face up to the less money.
    I think you've made up your mind.
    Good luck.
     
  3. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Just to clarify, when you say you are planning a career change "at the end of this year" you mean of the school year, ie next August? Or in December 2018?

    If you resign now, by 31st October, will you work out your notice and stay until Christmas?
     
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  4. Bedlam3

    Bedlam3 Star commenter

    Have you spoken to anyone in management about how you are feeling? Like you say, if you stay til end of August you get paid. If you're certain about going then what would be the harm in asking if you could have some support to see you til you go? For example you could ask for additional help on the playground, support with the large groups. You might find with this in place you can get back on an even keel. it might be just a rough patch.
     
  5. Cooperuk

    Cooperuk Senior commenter

    Some great advice in the posts above:

    1) You need to think about exactly when you want to leave and plan accordingly,
    2) Supply is definitely an option - I do that now after having some pretty rough times.
    3) Talking to SLT or union might be a plan - support could be given to get you to August, or perhaps even help to turn things around so that teaching becomes positive.
    4) Support from Occupational Health can be useful - they are on your side and can guide you towards other support that may help. You can request that your HT refers you (I don't think the HT can refuse such a request).
     
  6. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I once had a week off with stress and that got me through a few more months.

    Try limping along?

    A day here, a week there.

    Then Occ. Health. Short-term goals. Don't think, "I have to do this until July 2019."

    Think about getting through today. Then maybe to Friday.

    Try to multi-task during the meetings. If you can do it unobserved. Pretend to be making notes but you're actually planning or something.
     
  7. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    I am sorry to hear of yet another teacher feeling so ground down that they want to leave teaching. You have my sympathy.
    Just a thought - you mention lunch duties and I think you may be in secondary sector? These duties will presumably be paid ones? I get that you want to save up, but just how much extra money do these duties bring you? I have done lunch duties in my time and at times the extra few pounds a month were very welcome. But at other times it was not so necessary and I really suffered because I had no breathing space during the day.
    Unless your school is very generous, the income from these duties is minimal. And the knock on effect of not having a break during the day is a big one. Can't you drop those? That would just lift the pressure on you just a little and might be enough for you to keep to your original plan.
    Take care.
     
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  8. Apple76

    Apple76 New commenter

    Thanks for the replies. Some really helpful advice. Context is I am leaving to start a new career (haven’t told my school this yet) at the end of the academic year - a total change after 20+ years teaching after several large life changes and events. I’m still coming to terms with personal things so maybe that’s why professionally life seems much harder some days.

    most of my groups great just one that grinds me down. But they are big. School isn’t well organised and many things make life harder. I’m teaching two additional subjects to my specialism which isn’t easy either. One I don’t enjoy at all. I’ll be ok and think I need to hack it till July. Gives me chance to save more for when I need it. I’m on a top teachers salary. I need to remember that and take this year as a way to save lots and then get out. I have a big chunk saved, if I can save more this year it’s enough to pay my way through uni for three years.

    As for lunch duty -yes it’s secondary. it’s once per week and We don’t get paid.

    Some days I think I can do the 7 months. Others is seems a huge obstacle. The one day at a time advice is really good. I need to remind myself of that.
     
  9. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

    Don’t make yourself ill though. Life really is too short if you are unhappy. I’m busy planning my own escape from Nitpicking High.
     
  10. Curae

    Curae Star commenter

    Actually I agree. You are not feeling well about this .Maybe an immediate break is needed. Alternatively ask for a reduced timetable just doing your own subject as you are finding teaching so many disciplines exhausting. Or asking for0.8. It will be challenging for SLT to do this but NOT impossible.
    I'd ask first before taking any sudden decision.
    Good luck
     
  11. Curae

    Curae Star commenter

    Good luck .
     

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