Secret Teacher: I’m being punished for working part-time 

Sep 17, 2016 by

Juggling childcare with work is hard enough, but it’s worse when unsupportive colleagues expect you to work 24/7

I only came into teaching after having children of my own. My private sector job suddenly seemed superficial and I wanted to do something to improve the lives of the next generation. So now I juggle childcare with part-time teaching. But it seems that part-time is not enough. I am being punished for my decision, and find myself starting to question whether I made the right career move.

I am lucky to have a great headteacher who recently recognised the need to accommodate staff with young children. All the morning meetings were moved from 8.15am to 8.25am. It was a small change, but one that has really eased my morning rush.

But, despite this, there is an unspoken rule that you should be in school by 6.30am. The teachers without children are able to do this; they get loads of work done and perform their roles brilliantly. Good for them.

Meanwhile, I have to wake my children at 7am, give them breakfast and get them ready for school. After dropping them off at school, I drive full speed to work, arriving at 8.15am.

Source: Secret Teacher: I’m being punished for working part-time | Teacher Network | The Guardian

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