Stay, or go?

19th May 2006 at 01:00
I've been working in a village school for five years. This was my first teaching post. I'm now key stage 1 co-ordinator. I feel I should move on for my career development. However, many colleagues are leaving and I don't want to leave the school in trouble by also leaving. I also want to stay part-time to see my daughter settle into school in September. Do you think I should move on? It's hard to get part - time positions. Would it be damaging to stay on?

You may have left it too late to move for September, so that will decide the matter for this year. What you pose is the classic dilemma for many teachers. You are settled and enjoying your work, but in a small school there is no room for career development. So, do you go or stay? Where do you want to be in five and 10 years' time? If you'd still be happy where you are, fair enough, but if you feel you would be frustrated, start looking now.

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