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Switching from state to private

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Ponderingprivately Mon 23-Jan-17 04:52:38

Been offered a job in a private school, loved the school when I visited. I have worked 8 years in state, have loved it but obviously targets, behaviour management (sometimes), huge classes and difficult SLT have been the usual difficulties.
In my head, I will prefer this job because my classes will be smaller, I have better facilities (practical subject), and behaviour will be better. I expect that I will have more pressure from parents, and longer working days to offset the longer holidays.
Am I barking up the right tree? Have others made this made this move and has it been a good one, or was state better?

PotteringAlong Mon 23-Jan-17 04:55:08

Can you switch over your pension?

Ponderingprivately Mon 23-Jan-17 05:13:50

yes I can

jellyfrizz Mon 23-Jan-17 16:31:38

After I left state (because of all the bullshit) I did a term of supply in an independent, it was like a breath of fresh air, much smaller classes, time to prepare for lessons, lovely parents...
I found the days shorter, I wasn't able to leave my state primary until 6 most nights because of some pointless meeting or other and would still have lots to do at home. At the lovely independent I would leave at 5 at the very latest (when covering homework club) with all my work done and I got wonderful lunches supplied which is enough to win me over in itself

BareBum Fri 03-Feb-17 11:23:05

Do it! I've never looked back. I find things generally to just be more sensible.

BizzyFizzy Fri 03-Feb-17 20:51:19

I have had 90% of my teaching career in the independent sector, and I love it. For me it is work hard:play hard.

I am currently in a boarding prep (no boarding duties). I work until 6pm 4 days a week, with Saturday and Wednesday as half days.

I have the same teaching load as at any other school, but because the day is stretched, I get all my prep and marking done in school. I never, ever take work home.

There is no burgundy book in the independent sector, so there are lots of duties and cover obligations (although there's not that much cover as staff don't get sick as much). I have 4 hours of duty a week, which seems like a lot, but an hour of that is a couple of afternoon teas, which is a lovely time to socialise with the boys.

What I love about my school is that the whole experience is very holistic. I am a Science teacher, but I am not stuck in the lab. I get to take Chapel, run non-science activities, and am part of an excellent pastoral team. I draw the line at Games, but am too old and the wrong sex for that.

The parents can be pushy but, seriously, I have only two or three that want to see me every so often, and it is always very polite. I feel that I am given enough time and support to jump through the parent hoop.

JenniferYellowHat1980 Thu 09-Feb-17 21:31:23

Depends entirely on the school. I have, for the first time, been doing some work in an independent school. They got my timetabled days wrong, then when they couldn't fill the days I was supposed to be teaching, cut my hours. They are broke and have no resources. Results are appalling.

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