….you may not have thought about
….or you may.
Since I’m not doing the job any more so it seems less like winging I wanted to mention a few things. Forgive me if you have already thiought of all this, and I know there are similar things in other jobs, just wanted to put this out there as a slight balance to all the “Teachers should work longer hours & have fewer holidays” stuff that is popular just now.
I fully realise that all jobs have parts that the general population may have misconceptions about. Please feel free to share them, it’s about time we all recognised how hard other people ar working too,
If you are a teacher:-
- You can’t book a day’s holiday to visit your sick mum in hospital. Or anything else for that matter. You have holidays, those are the holidays. No time off outside them. This means you cannot wake up one morning & think “I deserve a day off” or “Don’t feel brilliant, not ill enough to be sick, so I’ll take a day’s holiday.
- You have to book non-emergency doctor’s, dentist’s, hospital appointments in the holidays, you will be able to attend things like outpatient’s appointments that are only available on (say) Tuesdays, but I have arranged things like bone-scans & colonoscopys in the holidays to avoid hassle.
- You have to book your holidays in the holidays (well obviously) – no real issue with this, although it does mean you can’t take advantage of any bargains. It can be difficult if you have children attending school in another authority with different holidays. One year I had an overlap of 2 weeks when we could have our Summer holiday
- You have to provide work for your classes if you are off sick. Not sure if this is common practice but it was the case where I work. You need to ensure work is available for your classes in a place that other members of staff can easily access and provide instructions as to how to administer that work. Of course, there is no guarantee that the work will be given or if it is that it will be done in the way you want.
- You provide most of your own pens/stationery/files/USB/portable disk etc. and in many cases you are expected to buy pens & rewards for your classes
- You get used to the idea of not having “quiet times” in the day. There are none. You have to be on your toes pretty much all the time. Free periods (if you have any) are filled with preparation, marking, meetings, travelling from one classroom/site to another, admin, patrolling corridors etc
- You (reluctantly) accept there are no bonuses, Christmas or otherwise
I’m not going into the whole working outside school hours here, that should be pretty obvious really.
I’m sure there are others.
I’d like contributions from people in other fields. We probably don’t know what you have to do apart from our basic understanding.
Let’s share, And let’s respect others work rather than indulging in a pissing contest about who is working hardest. Maybe we are “all in it together” (at least “US”.