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Any teachers taught their own children?(29 Posts)
I am a reception teacher and will have to start thinking about a school for my DD soon who is due to start reception in sept 2014. The school I teach at is a small primary about 25 mins away. Other staff have had their children go through school and some have their children there now. The school is currently undersubscribed but in my opinion a good school. Te head is fine with teachers teaching their own children. Our local catchment school I have heard mixed reviews about and 'requires improvement' but I haven't actually been and looked round yet. I am totally torn about what to do. On the one hand I think DD deserves a 'normal' childhood and a life away from me as she grows up. Also she would probably end up going to a separate secondary to the rest of her friends. On the other hand it would be massively convenient in that childcare would be minimal if needed at all (meeting days only really), it would be lovely to be able to see her sports days, assemblies, nativities etc. DH have talked about this lots but don't seem to be able to make a decision. Of course the school may not be able to take her anyway when the time comes but it has been undersubscribed for a while so chances are it will. Just interested in any opinions about this either way really. I'm inclined to think teaching her during her reception year rather than higher up the school would probably work out ok and personality wise I think she could cope with that. Aaaah someone make the decision for me by the time I have to decide!!
Also think about what it will be like having your DD in a different school. They will do things differently to your school.......all very well and good if it is "better" different or "as good" different..........but very frustrating if it is "not as good" different...............Although my DD has enjoyed her reception year at her school and done well I know she would have had a much better reception experience at the school I work in.....
Silhouette, that's nothing to do with the child being at the parents school, it's just plain unprofessional, whatever the industry. We have quite a few children at our school that have teachers for parents, and they are not in any meetings, and we don't discuss other pupils in front of them. If they are around after school they are usually playing in the hall while we're meeting.
In the primary my children have/are using there is no teachers with their own children but for a period there was a high % of TA's with their own children (4 TA's out of 6 had their children there) this did resolve in some issues like the happy news that went out always had at least one of the TA's children in it (as it was made by the Ta's) and other children making the comment that the TA's children got unfair favours. (not always sure that was the case but at times I could see the points in what was made)
It was however dealt with when finally it was brought to the attention of the DHT and now we do not see the TA's children mentioned more than other children does. Additionally 2 of the TA's has since left and of the last 2 only one will come September still have a child in the school.
As a parent who have had children in the classes the TA's had their children in I would say I personally did not see a difference in how they were taught within the school and treated by their teachers. I did not have concerns there. I did get tired of seeing the Happy news always being focused on those children but I also understand they were easy to get info from if your sat at home trying to get together a newsletter type thing.
My personal experience of the TA's is they have all been utterly fair and pleasant to deal with I feel a bit sorry for the year 7 boy of one of the TAs who ended up helping out for the last 3 days of term as his mum had taken him in to school (lovely boy but at age 12 I cant imagine it was his idea of fun to be surrounded by year 2's)
Used to work at a school with a lot of staff kids. Two-form entry and normally they'd put staff kids in the opposite class to their parent, or have the parent in a different year group that year. One child had quite complex SEN though and that year things were done so her mum did get to teach her. It wasn't an issue - also lots of the TAs had children in the school as well - again not really an issue.
I used to giggle at one little lad whose dad taught year 6 and his son was in reception who would always help the caretaker do his rounds after school - you'd see the caretaker walk through the room, pencil behind ear, whistling away... followed two steps behind by his little mini-me, pencil (nicked from his dad's classroom) behind ear, desperately trying to whistle and keep up! Usually had kids in school on inset days and the like - often with one IWB taken over by DVDs and a large invasion of Nintendo DSes.
I had the son of the class TA in the first class I ever taught - was worried about that at first - was an issue with it once in the entire year when the head (a charming woman with the tact and sensitivity of a double decker bus) was running her mouth off complaining about this lad having a wobble about not wanting to go on stage for the nativity play... and his mum walked into the staffroom - poor woman was so upset (and we all were livid on her behalf - but this head was a complete cow and has thankfully long since retired). He did get somewhat confused sometimes as to what he was calling his mum when she had her work hat on - and you got a lot of "Mis...Mu...Mrs X...Miss" es going on.
Oh and he charmingly spragged her up when we were making a class birthday card on one of the afternoons she didn't work - was a milestone birthday but I wasn't telling the kids her exact age as I never do do (I just laugh as they make flattering guesses like putting me at 18 years old normally) and he just shouted out full volume "SHE'S FORTY MISS!!!"
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