Lily you are not alone

Dear Lily (Not your real name). When I read about your experience ("'This is a job I love, yet it destroys me'", 4 May), I nearly cried. I'm in my third year and I feel the same way. I enjoy the "teaching" part of teaching, but the workload is never-ending and I end up feeling guilty: there is always more I could do.

The culture of my school and the attitude of the media is that we, as teachers, should have a "no excuses" culture. I want to provide endless support to my pupils, have all their work marked to the full, and provide engaging learning experiences; however, I don't have time. Like you, I cut my hours to cope, but I feel I'm working just as hard, yet never doing enough.

I was told by a senior leader on my PGCE course that how well a teacher teaches is, to put it bluntly, down to their intelligence. I feel as though, for the 60 or 70 hours a week I'm putting in, only to be getting satisfactory to good gradings means I'm simply not good enough. My confidence is low, yet this is the job I want to do. I am thinking of leaving as soon as I can, but I'm scared I won't find other employment.

It gave me a bit of comfort to read your article, to feel as though I'm not alone. I would really like to hear from others who feel the same way. Thank you for writing in.

Julie (real name and address supplied).

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now