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Where can a teacher go for instant advice?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by sum1304, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. sum1304

    sum1304 New commenter

    I need urgent advice. Don't want to post on the net. Is there a 24 hour line I can call or email and get a response? Tried NEU but their offices are closed on the weekend. Called ESP, but got someone from Canada or America on the line. They just answered yes and no, no advice was given. I am very concerned. Please help.
  2. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    do you need legal advice? try your household insurance. Instant advice is rarely available though, you normally email your union and await a response

    best wishes
  3. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Star commenter

    In the good old days on TES there was the boundless wisdom and experience of @GardeningLeaves/ghost and Theo and many long term served teachers. There is still plenty of knowledgeable folk here but probably more specialised in their own realms of experience.
    If you perhaps tag a post with a hint as to the area of concern and ask anyone who could help to pm you?
    Plus you could try ESP again to see if you coincide with someone rather more helpful?
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  4. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

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    thekillers1 Lead commenter

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    thekillers1 Lead commenter

  7. mothergoose2013

    mothergoose2013 Occasional commenter

  8. sum1304

    sum1304 New commenter

    It is actually a situation in the school. How to deal with people playing dangerous games to bring you down when you don't even know what you have done to make them go against you.
    I have tried ESP again. In a long queue at the moment. I feel under the spotlight at the moment. The day I don't work (as I work part time), that's the day everything goes wrong in my room. People panic and SLT are called in. I feel responsible and guilty. What can I do?
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  9. mothergoose2013

    mothergoose2013 Occasional commenter

    Apologies, just re-read and seen you have tried this.
  10. sum1304

    sum1304 New commenter

    Thankyou for the replies
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  11. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    samaritans don't give advice, they give emotional support, but no advice
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  12. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    Glib answer: If you're not there then how can you be responsible? Let SLT and the other teacher sort it out.
    More thoughtful answer: Clearly if you're not there you're the one to blame. doesn't mean you're at fault though. Also as it seems to be Chinese whispers as opposed to an email or other communication then you're still not in the spotlight.
    More Machiavellian answer: Identify the SLT who was called in. Go and see him/her and explain that you've heard that problems are occurring on your day off. Is there anything you can do to stop issues like this occurring? This is even more valid if you have actually received an email stating your faults in this.
    Disclaimer: This answer is jumping feet-first into office politics, are you any good at this? Or do you know someone (Union rep perhaps) who can advise better?

    All the best and as I think you're wise to keep your identity hidden then don't bother acknowledging any of my guesses.
  13. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

    Hope the websites have been some use. Praying that some light at the end of the tunnel has been shown.
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  14. Foux da fa fa

    Foux da fa fa New commenter

    How to deal with people playing dangerous games to bring you down when you don't even know what you have done to make them go against you.

    It sounds like you are being ‘gaslighted’. Read up about it on the Internet. It might make you feel better.
    agathamorse likes this.

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