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Mara1109 Wed 01-Nov-17 22:10:15

Hi , I live in a village and teach at a school in a close by town. I’m a primary 1 teacher and have kids in primary 1 and 3 (aswell as a 3 year old ). I have a few reasons for wanting to move them.

1) Their current primary has a huge catchment area meaning it is a huge school (village is tiny but school also covers part of the closest big town , the town I teach in and other villages). Today I called up as my daughter was sick , and received a text at 9:45 telling me my daughter wasn’t at school , I called at break and said I called and they said oh sorry marker the wrong kid! This happens everytime one of my kids are off sick. I feel they are lost in the school , I have a class of 21 and know each of their parents/carers/childminders from talking to them at the end of the school day I went to parents evening and the teacher was showing work and there was a self portrait of a brunette girl I had to tell her she must have the wrong parent as my daughter is blonde , she proceeded to tell me I was the lady who picked up he brunette child everyday (I’m clearly not I’m at work).

2) my school offers discounted before and after school care to teachers kids (huge discount of around 75%). I currently use a childminder and it is expensive.

3) We live af the north of the village , I work north of the village , our childminder is he total otherside with huge road works in between meaning it can take 10/15 minutes to get there so I have to leave half hour earlier to get to work on time.

I’m worried that it will be strange we currently have two classes for each year so I wouldn’t have to be their teacher but our classes do lots of joint work, therefore I’d still spend a lot of time with them.

Have you ever had your kids at your school? Or anyone at your school have kids there? Would you?

BackforGood Thu 02-Nov-17 00:23:42

You have to do what suits your circumstances, but I hated having my Mum teach at the Junior school I attended. I don't remember much from my childhood (just haven't got that sort of memory) but I still remember resenting the fact I had to go to the same school that my Mum taught at. I swore I'd never do it to my kids.
When the question has been asked before though, there are lots of teachers on her who say they do and it works fine, no problems.

ihearttc Thu 02-Nov-17 15:45:07

No the same thing but Im a TA and my son is in the same year as me in a parallel class. He actually loves having me there and all his friends think it's really cool too (even if I have to tell them off). Im in Year 2 btw so a similar age group.

MiaowTheCat Thu 02-Nov-17 18:17:32

backforgood my mil trained as a teacher and did some supply - including one day at dh and sil school.

Neither have quite forgiven her - the fact neither had done their homework and got soundly busted may have been a factor!

hels71 Fri 03-Nov-17 21:10:56

I moved my daughter to my school last year when she was in year 4. She hated her school, was a nightmare to get there, cried daily.......She now loves school so in my case t was the best thing. Luckily she is a sensible(ish) well behaved child so there are no problems...She also has no.problems calling me Mrs Hels in school...

Inkandbone Fri 03-Nov-17 21:16:22

I wouldn't. I think it's unfair on everybody.

Rheged Fri 03-Nov-17 21:17:09

My mum taught at my school when I was at primary. I remember finding it quite odd for a while when she first started. Her teacher persona (if that’s the right word) was different enough from ‘my’ mum for me to find it quite unsettling as a young child. She was my mum... but at the same time, she wasn’t quite when she was at work IYSWIM?

Having said that, I did get over it. I can’t say I loved having her in the same school as me but it was fine. I know it made childcare arrangements easier for her and I don’t recall any of the other children ever saying anything about it (good or bad).

MrsKCastle Sat 04-Nov-17 12:57:25

I've experienced this from both sides. My mum taught at my primary school and I didn't like it and thought I would never do it.

Now here I am in exactly the same situation! However, my kids are happy about it. It helps that my school has a real community feel and many TAs, MDAs and office staff all have children at the school (or did in the past). Also, both my kids are 'head down, get on with it, no issues' types. It could be tricky if there were any behaviour issues or conflicts with other children.

I think the most difficult thing is relationships with the other parents; things like birthday parties can be a little strange and it's usually my DH who replies to invitations and takes the children. Obviously I don't/can't get involved with any social events for parents of x class, or FB groups.

GutterStar Sat 04-Nov-17 18:56:49

My DD is in Reception at the small school where I teach year 3. One form entry, but I’ll never have to be her class teacher. It’s an independent school and we’re getting a massive discount on the fees (virtually free), plus no charge for the before and after school club, so we’d have been stupid not to take the opportunity.

MummaDeeDee Sat 04-Nov-17 22:53:52

I taught at my daughters primary school and she loved it. I occasionally covered her class and it was fine. Her friends loved it because they knew me that bit better and it never caused us any problems.

LurkingQuietly Sat 04-Nov-17 23:02:33

My mum taught st my primary, and was the “other” class teacher for 2 years. When my teacher went off long term sick in year 6, she did a lot of the core subject teaching in my class. Can honestly say it never once bothered me. My mum was v good at differentiating between Mum and teacher though (so ignored all the times I was in trouble/sent to the corridor) as she knew a normal parent wouldn’t hear about it.

borntobequiet Sun 05-Nov-17 08:02:24

Not primary but both my children attended the secondary school where I taught - no problems. However each of them was only once in front of me in a classroom.
When they were at primary they were both in classes with children who for at least one year had their mums as class teachers. Again no problems.
You get a different and interesting perspective as both a teacher and a parent.

SuffolkNWhat Sun 05-Nov-17 17:02:26

I teach (and am in management) at my daughter’s school. It works extremely well for us. DD calls me Mrs Suffolk at school and it’s caused no issues at all.

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