where do teachers send their kids

(107 Posts)
teachersaspirations Sun 22-Sep-13 20:54:55

changed my name for this for one as it is potentially a bit hot!

I am beginning to notice that a lot of the teachers who teach our kids, their kids go to the best/better schools
the grammars/the select schools etc...

it would be interesting to know what proportion of parents are teachers for these grammar schools/select schools etc...

PS am not a teacher

kim147 Sun 22-Sep-13 21:26:49

And being a child of a lone parent does not mean you can't get to a selective school either.

londonrach Sun 22-Sep-13 21:27:45

Teachers daughter not treachers..blaming mil wine she left me.

kim147 Sun 22-Sep-13 21:27:49

midnitescribbler

A single parent and a teacher. The Tories must hate you grin

RinkyDinkyDoo Sun 22-Sep-13 21:28:20

Oh and as teachers, we know that reading the OFSTED reports don't mean a thing when rating a school.

Idislikemymil Sun 22-Sep-13 21:28:46

My children go to the school closest to our house. I teach in a school 45 mins drive away.

I wouldn't have a problem with them attending the school I work in, if it was closer to home. I do actually think it's a better school.

jacks365 Sun 22-Sep-13 21:29:57

Midnite I didn't mean it that way but the op is implying that teachers are getting their children into selective schools because they are teachers I'm just making a point that any child bright enough can. I'm one of the lone parents and also fall into another bracket so does the other lone parent. Sorry if you took offence none was intended.

I know teachers in private schools who get a substantial discount on fees if they send the child to their school.

Also a teacher will have a better idea than most of the hoops to jump through for different schools - whether this is how to get them up to speed in Maths (although they may not be experts they may know someone who is) or the number of years they need to attend a certain church for. They are just doing what they believe is best for their child like many other parents, they just are better informed.

echt Sun 22-Sep-13 21:31:24

In my UK experience, it was definitely true that teachers had the inside info. I taught in London and you always knew someone who knew about a school.

I knew no-one, teacher or not, who sent their DCs to private schools, but they did use their buying power to move house into the right area for a state school.

teachersaspirations Sun 22-Sep-13 21:32:07

I'll bow out against the obvious tide of disagreement

TheFallenMadonna Sun 22-Sep-13 21:33:40

My DD goes to the local primary. My DS goes to our catchment comprehensive. We could have applied for him to go to an outstanding school near by, but we didn't. We could afford for him to go to one of several reasonably close independent schools, selective or non selective (other than by ability to pay of course), but it's not something we would choose.

I was brought up in a town with 4 single sex grammar schools. My mum doesn't agree with selective education, and I didn't take the 11+, although I was likely to have passed if I had.

It runs deep in my family!

smugmumofboys Sun 22-Sep-13 21:35:04

DS1 has just started at the school (secondary) I work in. I don't teach him and, in fact, rarely see him as it's such a big place. Many of my colleagues have/ have had their children at the school.

MidniteScribbler Sun 22-Sep-13 21:35:06

No offence taken Jacks. As a single parent by choice teaching in a catholic school, I've got pretty thick skin. grin

smugmumofboys Sun 22-Sep-13 21:36:23

Oh, and it's one of three local high schools.

kim147 Sun 22-Sep-13 21:37:43

teachers

People are saying they send their children to the local school. But you don't know what that school is like.

I would suggest that the school is probably doing ok and providing a good standard of education. And that's "teacher Good, not OFSTED Good".

Teachers are well informed to how schools operate and can cut through the bullshit of parent's evening / targets. In theory, they are better placed to deal with hassles and bureuacracy as they know the system.

I say in theory. It does not always happen but they won't be fobbed off with low expectations.

But they are also supportive of schools and colleagues as they know the reality.

junkfoodaddict Sun 22-Sep-13 21:43:48

Eh??????
School administrations are controlled by the LEA so teachers CANNOT rig the system and get their children into schools that are seen to be leafy and better.
What you may be seeing is that teachers are able to grt their children into schools that are their local catchment area or are making choices for schools outside their area and are able to get in via the distance rule/sibling rule.
I really think you are making very unfair presumptions.
I am a teacher and my child lives in a village with an 'Outstanding' school - in fact, the nearest two after our village are also rated 'Outstanding'. The school that I teach at is a 'Requiring Improvements' school. Are you going to accuse me of geting my child into better schools than the parents of children who I teach?
You will find that most people's children go to their catchement area school unless they are lucky to live in an area with 'more choice'.

difficultpickle Sun 22-Sep-13 21:51:23

Jacks365 it is possible to be a solicitor and a lone parent confused. In fact considering the hours we work it is extremely common to be both.

Wonderstuff Sun 22-Sep-13 21:55:47

I don't think that teachers are an homogeneous group though. The decisions that some of my colleagues have made for their children are different from the decisions I have made for my children. My priority is for my children to attend a local school, I want that school to have a decent catchment area, I would be very reluctant to move them during a school stage. I went to 'good' state schools with decent results, but I feel that I personally wasn't pushed and underachieved, I moved during a school year and I found it very difficult. So for me stability in school is a top priority and that is because of my personal experience of schooling. As a teacher I will be well placed to understand progress tracking and also well placed to organised extra tuition if I feel either of mine are under-achieving.

I'm finding primary interesting though. My dd is 5 and I feel that the academic drive of her school is a bit overkill. I'm struggling to fit in the reading and spelling practice they expect. I'm pretty laid back with demanding she works at home, I feel 5 is very young for formal schooling.

ilovesooty Sun 22-Sep-13 21:56:12

Quite a few staff at my last school lived in the catchment area which was very mixed. They all made it clear that they wouldn't expose their children to it. Even the Chair of Geverners sent his kids to out "leafy lane" rival.

kim147 Sun 22-Sep-13 22:03:26

wonderstuff "As a teacher I will be well placed to understand progress tracking and also well placed to organised extra tuition if I feel either of mine are under-achieving. "

You'd have thought so. But that requires your DC to want to be tutored by a parent. DS thinks his teacher knows everything and I can't possibly know more than her. (Despite teaching maths). It is hard to teach him at home - despite having loads of resources. I get into teacher mode apparently grin

I even got told off for daring to ask a question when reading a book as that's only for guided reading.

GigiDarcy Sun 22-Sep-13 22:07:31

No children here but my teacher friends' children go to the local schools. Don't know any in private or selective schools. In current school I teach colleagues' children, have done every year so far. As a school we must be doing something right then! grin

echt Sun 22-Sep-13 22:09:22

kim had to laugh. I've been a know-nothing English teacher for years, and only come handy recently now the exams are looming.grin

Wonderstuff Sun 22-Sep-13 22:09:54

grin I meant I know other teachers who would be able to privately tutor my children - obviously as their parent I know nothing!

teachersaspirations Sun 22-Sep-13 22:27:25

Kim147

"Teachers are well informed to how schools operate and can cut through the bullshit of parent's evening / targets. In theory, they are better placed to deal with hassles and bureaucracy as they know the system.
"
I agree with this

but it is the teachers who are delivering these 'parent's evening / targets' to parents

"I say in theory. It does not always happen but they won't be fobbed off with low expectations."

are we fools for believing these expectations

kim147 Sun 22-Sep-13 22:38:19

DS's teacher came out with some rubbish at parent's evening about maths and what he was doing. I knew how capable he was as I'd listened to his maths skills and I could see his assessment and the group he was in when I was reading her upside down bit of paper. I knew what her codes meant.

I'd looked through his book, was not impressed with the work he'd been doing and was unimpressed with the target. So I challenged her. She did not know I was a primary teacher with a maths specialism.

DS is know in the top group and is being challenged.

kim147 Sun 22-Sep-13 22:39:16

now not know.

Obviously not English specialism.

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