The Importance of Keeping Things in Proportion

Angry teacher
Stop – It doesn’t matter so much

It is very easy when you have a bad day or a group of students who you cannot relate to, to lose the plot. Remember that your students won’t be stressing over it after they walk out the door, so neither should you.

Teaching is about people interacting with other, often younger, people. Any one person could be having a worse day than you could ever imagine. You don’t matter. What you have to communicate is irrelevant on days like that.

I remember how my belly twisted and turned when a student asked me to explain the different clauses and why there were so many. It was my first week and my first time I was in the teacher’s spotlight — the person who is meant to know all the answers. My mind was a black hole. I looked at my supervisor blankly. He stood up and took over. I sat down and wished I could throw up in the black bucket next to the white board. 

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Do You Think You Are Paid Enough?

Are teachers paid enough?
Can you afford to live on your pay?

British teachers are not paid enough. It’s a universal point of view in every school I have ever worked in. Performance Related Pay will make things worse in the next few years.

When teachers have to resort to doing 20 hours of private tuition a week just to pay the mortgage, how can anyone think that teachers’ pay is high enough?

How much should we pay teachers? It’s a fraught question. The introduction of performance-related pay in England and Wales has transformed the pay structure for teaching staff. Instead of automatic increases each year linked to pay scales, there is only a minimum and maximum amount schools can pay.

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British Teachers Must Learn to Say NO!

Teachers make themselves slaves to the job
Are you enslaving yourself?

Enough is enough! Most of us are in teachers’ unions, so why are we so afraid to say No. Why do we allow ourselves to be bullied and blackmailed into working such long hours?

Forget the holidays, they won’t stop you losing your marbles in November. Forget the guilt, it’s time for each of us to look after his or herself. If teachers fail to prioritise their health and work/life balance, why should anyone else do it?

Teachers in England work longer hours than almost anywhere else in the world, according to [a] new analysis.

The study found secondary school teachers work an average of 48.2 hours per week, with one in five working 60 hours or more – 12 hours above legal limits set by the European Union.

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Should YOU Move to Europe to Teach?

UK teacher moves to Europe to escape OFSTED
How far would you go to escape OFSTED?

While we are still in the European Union, we have guaranteed freedom of movement. Any Briton can move to any other EU country and work there under the same pay and conditions as nationals of that country.
Not every country has an OFSTED equivalent, and in some teachers have higher respect, discipline is not a dirty word and pay is higher.

One physics teacher explains why labouring under an increasingly clueless government and a lack of support drove him to find a teaching role abroad
Why did I leave an excellent, established school in Oxford for the uncertainty of a start-up school in Europe? Quite simply, I had lost trust in the government to manage the profession, appreciate or fairly remunerate us.

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School Leadership Teams 19,000 Shortage in Next 5 Years

19000 shortage in school leaders
UK SLT recruitment crisis

When even the Mail Online reports that recruitment for school leadership positions is running with an impossible deficit, you know there is a real problem.

England could be facing a shortage of up to 19,000 school leaders by 2022 if action is not taken to plug the gap, it has been suggested.

Almost one in four schools across the country could be affected by a lack of headteachers, deputy heads and assistant heads, according to a report by three education leadership organisations.

It argues that an increase in pupil numbers and a rise in school leaders retiring and leaving the profession early along with increasing demand for senior staff to work at academy trusts means that more people are needed to step into top roles.

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Years of pretending there are no teaching recruitment and retention problems are coming home to roost.