Firstly, sorry for the basic snapchat filter. It’s the only photo I’ve taken in school all term for obvious reasons. It’s been a while again but I promise I’m here to stay now and you’ll see some exciting things coming up in the next few posts!
Just an update on the first 4 months (a term) in my new job. It’s been a real improvement on where I was last year, physically, emotionally, economically and in terms of my sanity.
It’s worth mentioning that when I was younger, I never planned or wanted to be a teacher. In fact, I spent most of my sixth form studies thinking and planning to go to university to study Drama, and my poor mum took me to A LOT of university open days. But at the last minute, I changed my mind and applied for Education Studies courses knowing that I wanted to keep my options open and possibly return to Drama at a later date (or at least keep it up as a hobby). What appealed to me about studying education was the fact I could study Psychology, Philosophy, History, Sociology and Politics all in one course. However, from the outside, people often look at my degree and think that I trained to be a teacher when in fact my degree was purely about research and the study of education, social justice and human behaviour. I learned so much from my degree, so it sometimes gets me down that the label doesn’t truly reflect the philosophical knowledge I gained.
Despite lots of people on my course wanting to be primary school teachers, I spent most of my degree saying I didn’t want to be a teacher. It was only when calculating finances and wanting to move to the North West of England with my boyfriend that I considered doing my teacher training, as the worry of being unemployed really frightened me. A year and a half down the line, I still question if I made the right decision but I’m a strong believer that you have to make the best of what you’ve got.
Teaching French this year in my new school is going really well. I have the most supportive colleagues, who think the world of me, and I think the world of them. The way they operate as a unit in what I thought was a quite lonely profession is a real credit to them. They are fair about workload and expectations and I have great support, especially with pupil behaviour.
I knew when taking this position that it would just be for 1 year to cover maternity and sadly due to budget they are having to cut staff next year, not take on anymore. So I know that in July I will have to say my goodbyes. But in a way, it’s a great thing because, despite being in a brilliant environment where I’ve been able to develop my teaching, I’m still unsure if I will apply to continue teaching. So this time next year… who knows where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing. You’ll have to stay tuned to find out!