From the forums - How many schools and for how long?

1st November 2013 at 00:00

As someone in my first year of teaching, I am curious to know what the average teaching career is like. I have heard of the "rule of three years" before moving to a new place and that the average teacher works at six schools in their career.

Three years sounds about how long it takes to get to grips with a school, not time to leave.

One year; 13 years; one year. And I'm in my eighth year where I currently work. I'd say: stay if you are happy, look for something else if you aren't.

I spent 37 years at my first school. I would have stayed until I was 60 but unfortunately I was old and expensive.

The "rule of three years" was probably invented by ruthless types who are not interested in actual teaching but in the salaries that can be had as they slither their way up the corporate ladder.

School one: teaching practice plus six years. School two: 21 years. Supply: two years and around 16 different schools. School three: almost two years, supply then temporary.
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It is interesting to see that some of you have spent 20-plus years in one school. I cannot imagine the changes you have seen.

You might have to Google these: 1) stick pens, spare nibs, blotting paper and chinaplastic inkwells; 2) Banda (duplication) machine; 3) our first video machine - it was the size of a small planet, black-and-white and reel-to-reel; 4) lunch time - one hour plus!

My shortest time has been two terms, my longest three years. My personal view is that the fear of leaving too soon because it will "look bad" stagnates a lot of very good teachers.


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