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...AIBU to ... Throwing a sickie and taking 2 weeks holiday????

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troisgarcons Fri 07-Jan-11 21:54:37

....on the back of this thread .... e/1118520-To-think-billboard-adverts-threatening-p arents-about-removing-their-children-for-a-holiday -in-term-time-are-a-bit-well-pathetic

....after all ..... why should I hypothetically prepare lessons if the parents want to bog off on a cheapo deal - I get paid shite too and I don't get the luxury of having out-of-season holidays ...... I barely get a free evening because I'm marking and planning - and catching up on absentees, setting work for catch up - as are all but 2 weeks of my annual leave.

So what would you say if your kids teacher was so goddamed rude as to bugger off on holiday ???

bubblerock Fri 07-Jan-11 21:56:38

Send me a postcard? Sounds like you need a holiday wink

pagwatch Fri 07-Jan-11 21:57:28

Well you wouldn't would you. Because most of us send our children in unless there is good reason not to.

( although we don't all agree on good reason. smile)

Booandpops Fri 07-Jan-11 21:58:57

You are in a well paid job and you get more holidays than most in employment. YABU to post this comment

And please don't get me started on planning time etc Blah blah blah

swanandduck Fri 07-Jan-11 21:59:43

The kids aren't paid to be in school, you are.

muriel76 Fri 07-Jan-11 22:00:20

I'm 50/50 on the whole debate really.

Can totally see where you're coming from but also can see why parents want to be able to make these decisions (like they used to be able to) without having to beg the school for permission like, er, well, naughty school children!

Off you go - make sure you get all your jabs first mind....

troisgarcons Fri 07-Jan-11 22:00:25

I try to avoid 'txt spk' - YABU???

NQTs are NOT well paid.

schoolsecretary Fri 07-Jan-11 22:00:37

am with you troisgarcon, would love to bugger off on holiday now but not an option... does my head in when I get told about how expensive it is to go in school holidays. When do they think we go!

mutznutz Fri 07-Jan-11 22:02:03

All but two weeks of your annual leave? Well you're paid pro-rata anyway so why shouldn't you spend that time working?

lal123 Fri 07-Jan-11 22:02:10

Couldn't you speak to the parents of kids in your class - get them all to take their kids out/call them in sick, then you won't have any kids to teach so can take some legitimate time off without feeling guilty?

TheCrackFox Fri 07-Jan-11 22:02:26

You pay is more than most people in this country earn and your holiday leave is amazing.

Go on holiday. It is between you and your HT how you manage your sick leave.

pagwatch Fri 07-Jan-11 22:04:41


That is not text speak

The thread is aibu (am I being unreasonable)

It is customary to reply yabu or

Your slightly superior put down was wide of the mark

MadameCastafiore Fri 07-Jan-11 22:04:59

Yes you are ebing unreasonable lots of kids depend on you so if a few take a week off here and there it is not that big a deal - if you take a couple of weeks off it effects a lot of kids.

Plus I think the issue of you only having 2 weeks where you aren't doing anything is to do with time management rather than you being over worked - all fo the teachers I know get more than 2 weeks free of work a year.

pagwatch Fri 07-Jan-11 22:05:21

Yabu or yanbu

catsinthebelfry Fri 07-Jan-11 22:05:49

Suggest you co-ordinate your hols with snowfall. Most schools close ad infinitum if a flake appears.

Or accept that your job means that you have to co-ordinate holidays with school holidays, like all the parents who do. Whoops.

penguin73 Fri 07-Jan-11 22:07:23

Comment about hols is very fair but I am always astounded at the people that think teaching is well-paid in comparison to other graduate jobs with the same amount of training involved!

Booandpops Fri 07-Jan-11 22:07:47

Pay and benefits - TDA
Main pay scale including NQTs: London fringe: £22626 to £32588; Outer London: £ 25117 to £35116; Inner London: £27000 to £36387 … -Options

I bet your bottom dollar a lot of people on here wouldn't mind this salary with those holidays on top? Do nurses get your annual leave? Police?

CupcakesHay Fri 07-Jan-11 22:08:44

Kind of agree with you OP..... ideal world neither parents or teachers would have to put up with the extra cost of hols just cos it's school holiday time!

Parents need to accept it.... teachers need to accept it.

compo Fri 07-Jan-11 22:10:45

Why did you go into teaching? You knew the score!

unfitmother Fri 07-Jan-11 22:11:54

YABU and you're talking shite. You get 12 weeks off but you claim to work full time for 10 of them!
How gullible do you think we are?

penguin73 Fri 07-Jan-11 22:12:55

No, but graduates with similar qualifications get 2-3 times more initially! I know very few public sector workers - education/NHS/police etc who would say that they do it for the money, otherwise they would be working in similar jobs in the private sector and earning much more.

MatureUniStudent Fri 07-Jan-11 22:13:35

Isn't the arguement really with the holiday providers? Both teachers and teaching assistants are on the same side as the parents - wanting the best education for their children. Parents want to expand that education by taking their children away to places new, to show them other things - it is all education. But if the holiday companies hike the prices, then boycott the holiday companies. Simples?

plainjanesuperbrain Fri 07-Jan-11 22:13:58

I would be glad of parents taking certain kids out of my class for 2 weeks! Many a time I have cheered at the prospect of two weeks teaching my class without the pain in the arse being there...

Bingtata Fri 07-Jan-11 22:14:17

Oh do fuck off, who twisted your arm to become a teacher? I wouldn't personally take DD out during term time, and I certainly wouldn't expect you to 'throw a sickie' because that is a crap example to set.

I'm a community nurse, I don't go around purposely cancelling appointments in retaliation to my patient's cancellations, because I am a professional, not playing tit for tat, and I realise that people's lives equate to more than just their interactions with me and the NHS.

penguin73 Fri 07-Jan-11 22:15:05

Why did you go into teaching? You knew the score - again most would say for the satisfaction and 'warm fuzzy feeling' and the appreciation of most pupils (and the occasional parent wink )

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