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Anyone else feel deflated after one inset day?

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absopugginglutely Mon 02-Sep-19 17:53:56

So much information/ fear of ofsted looming.
I feel demotivated and uninspired.
Think I need to look into a new career path.

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Flyingarcher Mon 02-Sep-19 18:20:30

Me. Just want to retire but can't as not old enough! Just not feeling it today.

absopugginglutely Mon 02-Sep-19 18:25:20

Me too! I don’t think 32 year olds are allowed to retire 😭

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sanityisamyth Mon 02-Sep-19 18:26:24

I always hated the whole school meeting of the GCSE/A level results chat. Was always along the lines of "the results were good but we can always do better". The same was never said to the students. It was always pressure on staff (teaching and non-teaching) to be getting better and better grades. Totally depressing and demoralising. Very glad I'm not involved this year.

sanityisamyth Mon 02-Sep-19 18:27:39

@absopugginglutely I'm 36 and have left teaching this year - retraining to be a pharmacist. My course starts in 3 weeks time and I'm actually looking forward to something for the first time in years!! It's never too late . . .

absopugginglutely Mon 02-Sep-19 18:28:31

Ooh pharmacist - awesome! Good luck 👍🏼

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BloodyhellMartha Mon 02-Sep-19 18:33:08

Oh God...hollow groan...we are back in tomorrow for Inset (first one). And yes, I shall be doodling and not listening, because I couldn't give a shit, whilst SLT talk through A level and GCSE results/Progress 8 and all the other bollocks.

I did my best. And I'll do my best again this year. And as far as I am aware, so did most of my colleagues. So fuck off those of you that don't teach any longer. (ie ALL of SLT)

ILoveAnOwl Mon 02-Sep-19 18:43:20

Yes! Obviously all of the school's problems are because the entire teaching staff are incompetent and if we only tried harder to keep up with all of SLTs batshit ideas we'd be fine.

But obviously SLT shouldn't be held accountable for the fact we have no timetable or class lists yet so we still can't plan anything. But it must be quality first teaching come Wednesday morning...

alwaysdressedinyellow Mon 02-Sep-19 18:45:40

I suspect you’re not alone. I’m recruiting for a role at the moment outside of teaching and have been inundated with teacher CVs!

absopugginglutely Mon 02-Sep-19 18:49:45

I’m always slightly buoyed by the arrival of the dear children so that will be nice on Thursday but the constant feeling of inadequacy and striving makes me want to go and lie down.
I’ll do my best while also raising my toddler. Yaaaaawn.

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PastTheGin Mon 02-Sep-19 19:41:48

The head today was a hair’s breadth away from quoting Michael Gove’s “all schools should be above average”...

absopugginglutely Mon 02-Sep-19 20:29:21

We got 100% exp or above for SATs and apparently STILL need to improve!!

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MsAwesomeDragon Mon 02-Sep-19 20:36:34

Our results were "disappointing" apparently. Although actually my subject (maths) had record high results, so we weren't disappointed. We won't ever be congratulated on that though, as the head was "disappointed".

I have year 7 form arriving on Wednesday and learned some horrible things about their home lives today. As a case of "keep an eye on X as ...." It breaks my heart that some of these kids are already facing such difficult home lives.

noblegiraffe Mon 02-Sep-19 21:58:48

We were informed today that our (inc my) great results were due to strategic decisions made by SLT. Well done them. hmm

Piggywaspushed Mon 02-Sep-19 22:44:31

The whole of our staff was told the school's headline figures would be better if <insert name of core subject's> grade 5+ had been better. Cue everyone in room whispering and looking smugly at the pariahs.

note, core subject was not the one all of SLT teach and which had distinctly mediocre results

BelindasGleeTeam Mon 02-Sep-19 22:48:45

1.5hrs department time. No class lists til 3pm
So obviously I'm ready for tomorrow 🙄

NoLeopard Mon 02-Sep-19 22:53:36

...*Was always along the lines of "the results were good but we can always do better".*
Yep, that was the gist of the GCSE results talk today from the head of our MAT secondary. Then our head (primary) parroted exactly the same about the KS1 results. Then there were talks on well-being and the importance of the mental health of staff. Oh the irony.

whydoibover Mon 02-Sep-19 22:55:56

Ours was the worst ever! We spent the whole morning hearing a load of unrealistic shite and then in the last 5 minutes we were given a new policy to feedback on. It was 10 pages long and to save money it had been reduced to A5 and we had to share 1 between 8 grin. Clearly the head doesn't give a shit what we think of the policy.

BrigitsBigKnickers Mon 02-Sep-19 23:09:18

Oh God I am actually running inset training first thing tomorrow. 80 teachers who will be chomping at the bit to get into their classrooms, kill me now!

MsAwesomeDragon Tue 03-Sep-19 07:03:56

We've got another inset today, but I think this one might be more useful. We've got more time in departments and some whole staff training on autism. That will certainly be less demoralising than yesterday. I'm going in with high hopes of learning something (and of having time to put up some displays and get my books sorted ready for teaching tomorrow)

Piggywaspushed Tue 03-Sep-19 07:13:57

Good luck Brigit : I have been in your position many a time!

I think it would have helped yesterday of the people delivering the training , and the SLT members talking about it hadn't basically kept justifying a particular slot, told us to be good and listen, instructed us to get something out of it, and prepared a slide that told us to be kind! All of those things make me feel like a child : in fact, I don't speak to my students like that. It puts thoughts into one's head!

Michaelbaubles Tue 03-Sep-19 07:18:12

When I moved to sixth form college I was amazed at how different the back to school talk could be! Yes we go through results but no individual departments singled out, just a talk about general trends and some areas to look out for (gender gap etc). Ofsted yes but because we have good reason to think they’re in soon, so some sensible, achievable stuff we can be doing to be ready that’s little extra work and good practice anyway. A reminder that we do well and can show them good things when they come in. Lots of laughs and a much flatter hierarchy feel than at school - SLT talk to you like a peer rather than a boss except when it’s really needed. And starting the year with no sick feeling of dread! Amazing!

ValancyRedfern Tue 03-Sep-19 07:20:16

I found out my line manager is a man who's been systematically undermining me for years. It's got me so stressed. I can't bear to look at him never mind have a 50 min meeting with him every week. Especially when I know his aim is to amalgamate my dept into his and leave me without a job.

Sewingbea Tue 03-Sep-19 07:23:28

Are you SLT Brigit? If so, perhaps avoid telling the assembled eighty to try harder this year 😆. Hope it goes well.

NoLeopard Tue 03-Sep-19 07:52:47

How many primaries got the 'we're so lucky to be one big happy family' type speech? How HTs can keep a straight face when saying this is an amazing gift.

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