Thinking of Leaving Teaching?
Moving School

What Else Can You Do? – Moving School

Number 1 of my “Tips if you’re thinking of leaving teaching is Don’t give up on teaching yet! If it is poor leadership that you are concerned about then moving school to one with a good leadership team that is perfect for you may be the way forward. Some ex-colleagues of mine who have suffered under poor leadership have moved school or have found their perfect school through supply teaching and are now much happier. There are some good leadership teams around, you just need to find them.

How Do You Find Good Schools?

Apart from finding these schools through supply teaching, one way of finding schools with good leadership teams is to make use of social media. Use Facebook and LinkedIn to keep in contact with ex-colleagues and build up a picture of which schools are the ones to avoid. Schools to avoid are those with high staff turnovers which usually indicate problems. It’s not all about league tables.

Twitter can be useful too. One Headteacher I’m impressed with at the moment is Jeremy Hannay:

Moving school? Have You Considered…

  • Teaching a different subject?
  • Teaching SEND?
  • Moving from primary to secondary or from secondary to primary?
  • Going for promotion?
  • Teaching abroad?

The (Un)official Teacher’s Manual

The Unofficial Teacher's Manual by Omar Akbar

The (Un)official Teacher’s Manual, written by my friend and ex-colleague, Omar Akbar, is worth a read. Topics he deals with include maintaining a work-life balance, dealing with workplace bullying, moving school and much more. You can follow Omar at his The Unofficial Teacher’s Manual Facebook page and on Twitter at @UnofficialOA where he offers advice to teachers and occasionally posts amusing content such as this:

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