I can’t help but comment on teacher forums on social media despite my best efforts to refrain because what I read often insults my intelligence and that of teachers.
£93 million remains in a funding pot for the past financial year as teacher retention and recruitment has hit an all time crisis point. Now, you know my story, and I could add to it, the stories of so many others – since education adopted a business model, core values like caring for students and staff have been thrown out of the window.
Teaching unions, SLT and headteachers throw teachers and their careers under buses.
I’d go so far as to say unions collude with school leaders and HR, as they all grasp a covert brush, lift a secret rug and sweep it all out of sight.
Teaching unions are pathetic, in my experience. They’re quangos who take your subscription and pay lip service to support.
I’ve seen so many careers end when in a normal world, unions and employment lawyers would piss all over these fallacious cases.
Safeguarding charges, accusations of cheating, support plans, professional relationship issues are all levied at staff in a political game of Chinese whispers to disparage, demoralise and destroy teachers.
I was demoralised and destroyed when I was good at the job and bitterness, though fading, still resurfaces when I read and see the actions of school leaders and their lackeys doing to others what was done to me.
Mavericks you see.
Schools want drones.
The brave new world of education want staff and students to not question, to jump, to tackle increasing workload and piss poor pay with a happy smile and a cheery gait until they burn out and realise, often too late, that teaching has become shit.
I don’t know of one teacher (me included) who has left teaching and said, after a period of institutional adjustment, “God I miss my backstabbing colleagues, psychopathic line manager and that fucking twat of a headteacher who made my life miserable.”
I miss teaching of students – but schools – hell no.
So if you’re reading this and thinking teachers have it easy: warm classrooms, eager minds, decent salary and those cushy holidays, think again.
If teaching was properly regulated and unions and staff found a collective backbone, there would be queues outside the European Courts of Human Rights.
That pot will continue to grow.
My advice to anyone thinking of going into teaching, or still stuck in it, is leave.
You get one life.
Teaching is a life-shortener.
Leave it for the drones and the sociopathic twats on leadership teams, without principles, moral integrity or human values, and pray your children get through secondary school with an ability to think – as many schools don’t want that any more from them – or their staff.