Please help me decide whether or not to return to teaching

(6 Posts)
Moredofbumsnet Wed 24-Apr-13 13:35:45

I taught maths for 12 years before I had dc1 and have been a sahm for 8yrs now. DC3 starts school soon and I'm really unsure about returning to teaching. My reasons:
I have totally lost my nerve.
I can't see myself teaching until I'm 67(everyone I know retired at 60 exhausted from teaching) so maybe I need to find something I can do to that age.
Any thoughts on this?

Euphemia France Wed 24-Apr-13 18:10:18

How about a support for learning role? I'm in Scotland so I'm not sure how it works where you are.

Moredofbumsnet Wed 24-Apr-13 19:55:44

I'd love to find a SEN role euphemia but I'm not sure how to get into it. It always seemed to be the English teachers who were offered the training.
I'm thinking of doing a refresher course (which may still exist next year for maths ) and then having a medium term goal of working in a 6th form college.

kritur Fri 26-Apr-13 19:32:39

Could you apply for a part time role initially and see how you find it? What about an independent school where behaviour etc will be less of an issue?

Moredofbumsnet Sat 27-Apr-13 20:11:41

I agree with part time being a good first step,then eventually I would need to work full time. I've just realised that none of you will be able to advise me about classroom teaching until 67 as no one has done it yet! DH thinks I should just keep 60 as a retirement age in mind and take the cut in pension but I feel really cross at the prospect of having to take the cut. Also we almost certainly can't afford it.Does anyone know what being an exams officer (as a non teaching role ) involves and if you need any qualifications?

deleted203 Tue 30-Apr-13 20:02:34

I think in your shoes I would be concerned/aware of the fact that it may be very, very difficult to find a job now in schools because of your circumstances.

I have a friend in similar position (although she only took 4 years at home) and she has been applying for jobs now for the past 4 years without success - even though she was previously graded as 'Outstanding'. She has been interviewed for dozens of jobs, gets great feedback, is consistently told 'you taught an outstanding lesson' - but in each case the job has gone to someone who has just completed their PGCE or, in one case last year she was interviewed in Feb for a post starting in Sept and it went to the girl who was basically 4 months into her training and who had (presumably) done about 8 weeks actual teaching. Her subject is also maths.

12 years teaching puts you (at least) at top of MPS - and having not done the job for 8 years you are, ridiculously, an unattractive proposition to most schools. Money appears to be everything - as does youth! All of the schools I know, and all my friend has applied to, are basically appointing NQTs who are much, much cheaper.

They are then appointing HoD at 26/27 years old - supposedly young and dynamic.

As a teacher of 40+ schools don't seem to want to know - you are expensive, lacking the latest 'up to date' ideas, not au fait with current Ofsted/data/AFL strategies, etc.

It's a bloody awful situation IMO - but I think you need to bear it in mind if you are considering going back into teaching. Nowadays if you've stepped off the career wheel in schools it can be almost impossible to get back on. There is massive unemployment in teaching currently.

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