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If you didn't have to teach, would you?

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NotQuiteThere Tue 26-Apr-16 22:06:06

Feeling low, after another interview and rejection today.

I teach a shortage subject and have had two interviews and three rejections so far. My termly assessment reports and lesson observations have been excellent so far (NQT year), and my results are good - no concerns from my current school.

Although I enjoy teaching, we all know the workload is intense. Financially it isn't essential that I am working, but I have always been financially independent, and think it's important. I'm very happy at my current school, but on a fixed term contract and there is no space next year. Workload takes its toll on me during term time, but I make sure that I rest properly and spend lots of time with dc during the holidays.

I picked dc up from school this afternoon (they were pleasantly surprised), and had a lovely time with them, chatting, reading, eating together, putting them to bed etc. I thought how nice it would be to do this more often with them, and not have to spend 2-3 hours after they've gone to bed planning, marking etc., as I am doing now.

If you didn't have to teach, would you?

PlaymobilPirate Tue 26-Apr-16 22:06:43


AnotherStitchInTime Tue 26-Apr-16 22:09:59

No and I don't anymore smile

FennyBridges Tue 26-Apr-16 22:11:14

No. But two days a week might be nice.

Primaryteach87 Tue 26-Apr-16 22:17:47


Pipbin Tue 26-Apr-16 22:19:12

If I didn't have to then no. I might TA or something though. I do love being in school and with the children.

elephantoverthehill Tue 26-Apr-16 22:20:54


rollonthesummer Tue 26-Apr-16 22:21:44


elephantoverthehill Tue 26-Apr-16 22:28:06

Sorry just to clarify. If I could teach, without any barriers to learning, in whatever context I would gladly teach and pass on my skills and knowledge.

mrspink27 Tue 26-Apr-16 22:28:49

No - and I dont any more. Have had a complete career change and now manage a charity shop.

DraenorQueen Tue 26-Apr-16 22:29:08

I'm currently SLT with 50% teaching commitment.
This role has made me realise how much I LOVE teaching and learning. I'm ok as a manager, crap at keeping up with admin but bloody good at teaching. 8 years in, might feel different in the future. And if I can be a good teacher in my current extreme environment, I can do it anywhere.

PotteringAlong Tue 26-Apr-16 22:29:24

Yes. I would go bonkers as a sahp. I work 3 days a week; I like the balance

thatsn0tmyname Tue 26-Apr-16 22:35:22

After 16 years I'm enjoying teaching secondary science. Since having my children I'm now teaching two days a week with no responsibility. It's changed my view of the school in a good way: five years ago I was a thoroughly miserable Head of Year and wanted to get out. As my children get older I will increase my days from 2,3,4 and will stay in education until my children are mid teens.

NotQuiteThere Tue 26-Apr-16 22:35:50

I am wondering whether something other than classroom teaching is the way to go - perhaps tutoring or something. I love teaching. I don't love marking half-arsed homework or dealing with rude students or parents, but that is thankfully quite rare.

Thanks for your responses. I'm just so gutted about today's rejection, it has made me question my suitability for teaching.

elephantoverthehill Tue 26-Apr-16 22:36:11

D.Queen May be you should go back 100% to what you are truly good at. I am sure you will feel more fulfilled.

thatsn0tmyname Tue 26-Apr-16 22:37:52

Adult education or sixth form college?

NotQuiteThere Tue 26-Apr-16 23:45:17

That's an idea to look at. Do they advertise in the same places as the schools do? Currently looking at TES, Guardian Jobs, eTeach etc.

DitheringDiva Wed 27-Apr-16 13:07:27

2 interviews isn't many - if 4 candidates are invited to interview each time and they are all equally as good as each other, then there is a 1 in 4 chance of getting the job. Therefore, I really wouldn't get down or disheartened about not securing a job until you've been rejected at the interview stage more than 4 times. Also, if you're on a fixed-term contract, you can keep applying after May half-term, when competition will have reduced significantly.

You sound like you're not doing too badly as a teacher - much better than some of the horror stories of complete breakdowns etc. that I read on here.

As other posters have said, going part-time is a brilliant compromise - they're rarely advertised though, so you could do it on a supply basis, or get a permanent job somewhere for a year, then request part-time the following year.

I've been a SAHP for 3 years, and I miss the cameraderie of working.

mercifulTehlu Wed 27-Apr-16 13:12:50

Not as a full time member of teaching staff in the current system, no way. I'm a secondary teacher with 20 years' experience but am currently just doing a bit of private tutoring, teaching one adult class and an hour of primary MFL a week. I'd love to stick with just that, but need to earn a bit more. Am looking for a ft job but dreading finding one tbh.

Stargazing25 Wed 27-Apr-16 19:05:35

If money was no issue, probably not.
Hmmm. Well, maybe two days a week.

SuffolkNWhat Wed 27-Apr-16 19:08:21

Yes. I moved sectors this year (Middle > Primary) and it's reignited my love of teaching.

TheSolitaryBoojum Wed 27-Apr-16 19:09:22

If money wasn't an issue, I doubt it.
I'd probably be a NT or museum volunteer, or run an ASC doing something fun. But there's so many other things I could be doing if I didn't have to work at all. smile

leotwist Wed 27-Apr-16 19:10:46

No, and was delighted to be able to give it up.

Minispringroll Wed 27-Apr-16 19:17:42

At the moment? No.
I used to love my job. My previous school well and truly made me hate it. I'm currently trying to regain some sanity with a different school but I start to feel like I'm honestly due an extended break. I've been teaching full time for a decade.
I guess it doesn't help that I am supposed to be on maternity leave at the moment. Wasn't meant to be in the end...sad
Pregnant again now and I'm considering returning from mat leave and do part time. Never thought I would even think about this. Just hoping everything will be ok with little one this time round.

TheFallenMadonna Wed 27-Apr-16 19:18:26

I have given up an SLT role, dropped a day and am a new woman!

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