Worn Out

(10 Posts)
ByronBaby Tue 16-Jun-15 12:22:51

Just so worn out at the moment it feels like I am running on empty (and don't say the hols are nearly here - I am somewhere else in the world!) I'm a very experienced teacher and have never felt this tired, not even when I was pregnant. AND I am plain fed up. Feels like the energy is being sucked out of me by reports, meetings, ever changing classroom displays, evening events and activities, school trips, more meetings and even more meetings and the list goes on ... I feel that presently neither me nor my colleagues have the smallest thank you from anyone for the extra-curricular things we organise and more and more and more is being asked. For instance, we organised a special party last week and asked older children to stay behind to help clear up. Every child was whisked away by a parent with a reason (excuse) not to stay and all the parents that had been lurking all evening disappeared. Two colleagues and myself were left with everything - washing up, hoovering, toilets to clean, mopping, rubbish to deal with, furniture to pack up, the disco man to help. And not single thank you from literally anyone for giving up our evening. I know I am moaning, but better here than in the real staffroom bringing everyone else down!

Ejzuudjej Tue 16-Jun-15 12:25:27

flowers
You created brilliant memories for some children. Thank you.

ByronBaby Tue 16-Jun-15 12:26:57

Thanks Ejz. I will pass it onto my colleagues (who are also a bit pissed off).

Shinyandnew1 Tue 16-Jun-15 12:44:20

Yep-that's exactly how I feel.

It really pisses me off that everything is an absolute priority as well. Data entry by x date-non negotiable-same for reports. Marking, observations and pmr-all have to be kept totally on top of otherwise it's flagged up as a concern/capability issue by the endless learning walks, drop ins and book scrutinies that my SMT are paid a fortune to do all day, every day.

There's even a stupid woman from the lea who comes round to check our displays are changed regularly! Honestly-how did she get that job-what a cushy number?! She told a teacher in my friend's junior school that her display backing paper was 'drab'! They barely have enough money for pencils!

I've had enough-I really have. I can't do it all. Very little is for the children either-I don't mind working my socks off for them. It's all for the threat of Ofsted. In fact, it's now detrimental to the children as I'm so stressed, bogged down with paperwork and irritable by all the pointless things I have to do 'immediately' that they don't get a happy motivated teacher who's well-planned and resourced for amazing lessons; they get one that's just burnt out and waiting for them to go home so I can get on with the paperwork.

Luckily Nicky Morgan will sort it all out.

MrsUltracrepidarian Tue 16-Jun-15 17:24:41

The OP has said she is not in the UK, so not just this gvt, clearly...

Shinyandnew1 Tue 16-Jun-15 20:43:29

Oops, yes, I missed that.

Shame-I'd thought things were generally better everywhere else!

Orangeanddemons Tue 16-Jun-15 20:52:50

Me too. however, I teach a very small secondary group of predominantly girls. They were all saying today how constantly stressed they are all the time, how much pressure they're under, and how they cry about it all the time.

It's not fair on them either

FabulousFudge Tue 16-Jun-15 20:57:40

I feel similarly. It's relentless!

Shinyandnew1 Tue 16-Jun-15 21:03:59

Me too. however, I teach a very small secondary group of predominantly girls. They were all saying today how constantly stressed they are all the time, how much pressure they're under, and how they cry about it all the time.

That's so sad. My own DS feels similarly. He's had enough already and he's barely even started secondary sad

Orangeanddemons Wed 17-Jun-15 07:34:50

I know, it's awful. Current education seems to have lost sight of the fact that students are still actually children, and should be allowed to be so. Safeguarding seems to overlook putting them under stupid amounts of pressure.

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