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A Day Of Downs and Ups

Lynne is a Secondary Teacher with QTS who is currently working in schools through Protocol Education in Bristol. In her new Protoblog she shares the ups and downs of a recent day of supply teaching - and why she decided to look on the bright side!

A Day Of Downs and Ups

This time of the year - damp, cold, snow, rain, wind, darkness, flu, you name it - is depressing enough as it is without reading the TES. For some reason yesterday lunchtime, when halfway through a day's supply work, I foolishly picked up the said publication I found lying on the a table in the staffroom. I returned to my afternoon classes feeling utterly dispirited. Apparently teachers are routinely bullied and intimidated by dictatorial head teachers. They are ground down by inspections and haven't had any increase in salary in eons. Already overworked they are fearful of the unprecedented pressure that the simultaneous introduction of two major sets of exams will bring. School governors aren't feeling any happier. The linking of pay awards to appraisal will inevitably generate more appeals to governors who do not have the required expertise to deal with them.
I perked up no end, however, as the afternoon wore on and finally left the school at the end of the day with a light heart unburdened by all the cares and woes of my permanently employed colleagues. I had joyfully spent two periods teaching English grammar to Year 7 since, apparently, it is coming back into fashion. We actually parsed some sentences. (There will be some young teachers reading this who don't know what 'parsing' is.) I am really a modern languages teacher and, before retirement,  spent half of my time teaching children what a verb was so they could conjugate it, what a noun was so they could decline it and what  adjectives were so that they could make them agree with the nouns. Perhaps in future all that won't be necessary.

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