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Any other teachers back tomorrow.

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twinsetandpearls Sun 31-Aug-08 20:34:39

I am in for INSET, new job and am very nervous.

hercules1 Sun 31-Aug-08 20:36:56

Yes, Inset day first. After being at home with my own kids for 5 weeks I am looking forward to going back. At least you get an inset day to find your feet first.

GOod luck!

hercules1 Sun 31-Aug-08 20:36:58

Yes, Inset day first. After being at home with my own kids for 5 weeks I am looking forward to going back. At least you get an inset day to find your feet first.

GOod luck!

chocolateshoes Sun 31-Aug-08 20:37:08

oh good luck! You'll be fine. Make friends with site sup & secretaries early on!

in on Tues here

janeite Sun 31-Aug-08 20:37:08

Not in until Wednesday. Good luck for tomorrow.

badgermonkey Sun 31-Aug-08 20:38:09

We have two INSET days. It's a nice way to start a new job though, at least you will get to chat to people and suss them out before you start properly! Our head makes all newcomers stand up in the first meeting and introduces them hmm. It's useful in a big school where you wouldn't perhaps even notice them for months otherwise, but I'm glad the head who was there when I started didn't do it. I would have been mortified!

janeite Sun 31-Aug-08 20:38:32

Making friends with the secretaries is excellent advice!

twinsetandpearls Sun 31-Aug-08 20:40:01

we have 2 INSET days, yes I always befriends secretaries and caretakers.

Christie Sun 31-Aug-08 21:32:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

pudding25 Sun 31-Aug-08 21:33:28

Good luck. Definitely get on the right side of the office staff and the school janitor!
I am on maternity leave until Jan and I keep remembering that they are all going back tomorrow - feels so weird!

twinsetandpearls Sun 31-Aug-08 22:50:58

Thanks. Hope you are enjoying your maternity leave,

Blandmum Sun 31-Aug-08 22:52:59

Me. I've done the insets, but just year 7 in tomorrow and I'm not involved. So a day to sort the paperwork!

melbob Sun 31-Aug-08 23:05:39


Was reading in Sunday papers about no of teachers with depression etc. On the face of it with short day contact with kids, regualr holiday and a reasonable wage now I don't get it. I'm not having a go I just would like to understand it clearly is a real problem

slayerette Sun 31-Aug-08 23:08:54

Oh good grief - how did this turn into yet another thread about how easy teachers have it

To the OP - I'm starting new job too! Good luck!

findtheriver Sun 31-Aug-08 23:21:02

Re train as a teacher melbob grin

twinsetandpearls Sun 31-Aug-08 23:48:28

I don;t think melbob is having a go but asking a question.

I suffer from depression and a counsellor has said that he sees a lot of teachers.

The hours are not short for some or maybe even some teachers, during term time I work on average a 14 hour day and during crisis times that goes up. If I can get awat with 12 hours that was good. I think the holidays help me from meeting complete meltdown tbh.

It can be an isolating profession particularly in a subject like mine where you may be a single person department.

Teenagers can be very hard work, I have specialised in working in very difficult schools in my time as a teacher the low lights have included being thrown against a wall when pregnant and then loosing a baby (probably not linked but it is always in the back of my mind), attempted sexual assault, countless incidents of verbal abuse, being kicked shoved etc.

It is one of those jobs that is a nightmare for a perfectionist like me because you can always do better. Perfectionists often suffer from depression as they are never content. When I do something I rarely think I have done well I think about what could have gone better.

This maybe appealing to my own vanity but lots of thinkers suffer from depression, maybe again because we over analyse, lots of thinkers will be teachers.

Relationship breakdown is a big factor in depression, my job was a huge factor in my divorce, my hours that I work, the fact that I grew very close to collegues who shared my difficult work life and just got me in a way dp could not. I know in my present relationship my job is a stress point for us.

I do not want this to be a whinge though, despite its difficulties I teach because I want to, I am relatively well paid as long as you don;t look at my hourly rate and I have a good pension. More importantly I do a job I look forward to doing and I get to make a real difference and that is not something everyone could say.

twinsetandpearls Mon 01-Sep-08 00:07:02

I think tbh if I was not a teacher I would think it was an easy life.

melbob Mon 01-Sep-08 00:14:54

Thanks twinset thats interesting. I was asking a question. I have considered retraining as a teacher as it would be much better for my homelife in many ways but its interesting what you say about stress and relationships as that is one of the reasons I was considering frankly my DH adn I can't go on we have had another row tonight, whihc is basically about the stress of my job on both of us.

Findtheriver I might just pick that challenge grin

Slayerette - you see there are responses like yours which add to the reasons why I might not.........................grin

twinsetandpearls Mon 01-Sep-08 00:29:27

Teaching very much depends on the school you work in as well. But I think, particularly if you are going to teach in a challenging school, a public school or want to enter management you need a supportive family.

melbob Mon 01-Sep-08 00:58:06

I have a supportive family but a job that is too time consuming and stressful

melbob Mon 01-Sep-08 00:59:30

BTW hope newjob goes well. My DS is so excited to be going back to school. He keeps asking can he go tomorrow so much for quality time with Mummy [hmmm]

twinsetandpearls Mon 01-Sep-08 01:21:43

I meant a family that are supportive of your career rather than supportive of you gerneraly.


My dd wants to go back to school as well.

SqueakyPop Mon 01-Sep-08 06:02:01

I have three inset days - pupils in on Thursday.

Blandmum Mon 01-Sep-08 07:16:22

melbob, teaching is a great job, and I love it, but it really isn't low stress! And teachers don't start and finish when the kids arrive and leave school!

I spent 5 hours yesterday planning lessons for tomorrow. We have to plan lesson and mark outside of teaching hours.

If you are thinking of entering the profession it is a good idea to go into a local school for a week and shadow a teacher.

melbob Mon 01-Sep-08 18:37:55

Good idea Martian Bishop will see if I can arrange it although not allowed any work hols until April

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