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I'm getting out!!!

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mushmallow Fri 27-Oct-17 08:12:34

I hate teaching. The bureaucracy is absurd so after six years I'm getting out. What I'll do next I'm unsure about but I need a life that doesn't affect my mental health, physical health and allow me time with my OWN children - and that's being a 0.7 teacher.

Just wanted to celebrate really! I'm writing my letter today.

Anyone else got out with positive experiences afterwards?

pink1173 Fri 27-Oct-17 08:16:58

I teach in adult Ed now and have done since my youngest was a year old. They are both now 11 and 8 and I have been able to take to school and pick up every day. The pay is not as good but I am so much more flexible and I still do what I love - teaching. What subject are you?

Ijustlovefood Fri 27-Oct-17 08:19:14

Good luck! You teachers work really hard and anyone who says you don't well pffftt!

mushmallow Fri 27-Oct-17 09:45:08

I'm KS2 English

ScarlettDarling Fri 27-Oct-17 09:47:27

Congratulations on making a tough decision. I'm 0.6 in primary and love my job, but a full time colleague of mine has recently announced that she's leaving at the end of the year. She's looking into becoming a TA...is that something that could work for you?

Graceflorrick Fri 27-Oct-17 09:47:27

I left and would never ever consider returning. Best decision I’ve ever made. Good luck OP.

Courgettekatie Fri 27-Oct-17 09:47:45

I do supply. It’s great, lessons are planned. I sit in the staff room listening to the politics and it all washes over me. Leave school with the kids.

Lowdoorinthewal1 Fri 27-Oct-17 09:56:04

I really recommend trying a different sector before you bin it altogether.

A specialist setting/ special school/independent school etc might be just up your street. I would hate teaching in mainstream and I would be rubbish at it because I would be very half hearted about jumping through all the hoops, but I am a very happy SEN teacher.

Rudedog Fri 27-Oct-17 10:07:58

We employ tutors for English at my school, obviously they work fewer hours and don't earn as much as full time teacher.

We struggle for good English supply - it's a good way to try out lots of schools and keep your hand in.

mushmallow Fri 27-Oct-17 12:28:15

This is my third school. I've worked in a state and two independents where I only teach English; you can imagine the mark load for English for several year groups.

The sad thing is, not to toot my hoot, but I'm bloody good at my job. Parent comments, staff comments and ultimately children's progress is great but I just hate the way the education system puts us teachers under so much undue stress.

"Oh but you're 9-3, oh but you get 13 weeks holiday" angry.

I want a job where I'm not mentally lesson planning, IEP writing, differentiating a gazillion ways through the night.

BringOnTheScience Sat 28-Oct-17 04:53:18

I'm in education outreach for a big corporation. You might consider looking at what might be available local to you?

Tptbonus Sat 28-Oct-17 12:56:59

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mushmallow Sat 28-Oct-17 13:02:10

No thanks tptbonus

thatdearoctopus Sat 28-Oct-17 13:05:02

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NovemberWitch Sat 28-Oct-17 13:11:00

It’s an American site, so limited use anyway. I’ve reported.

ProfessorCat Sat 28-Oct-17 13:16:18

What a dick.

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FlameOutTeacher Sat 28-Oct-17 16:48:40

If it was any alternative to teaching I would have been glad to see the post!

rainsbows Sun 05-Nov-17 06:53:40

Fantastic OP! I desperately want out too.

Fabulousdahlink Sun 05-Nov-17 07:07:44

I left teaching seven years ago and did some supply and now am a HLTA with ELSA training in a primary school which I love. BUT the loss of income is truely startling and initially I took 5 part time, fixed term jobs in two schools to earn 12k a year. After 7 years I now have a full time permanent post ( very rare) and earn just 14k a year at the top of the scale. This was fine as a second income for our family, and infinitely better for my mental health and raising our children. However it is not enough to live on if you are paying a mortgage or like me renting( now hubby quit the marriage.)+ Congratulations on being brave and doing the right thing for you..but my advice is please take some time to make some financial plans as it isnt easy to cope. Good luck x

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