This time last year I was job hunting, debating whether or not teaching was still the career for me.
One year on and I think that it definitely is (for now.) I do love teaching I’m just not in love with it as much as I was as a fresh faced NQT 6 years ago. Don’t get me wrong I am enjoying the challenge of tackling a Year 5/6 class with all the fun and games that go hand in hand with a nationwide overhaul of assessment and SATs. Thanks government.
I’m also enjoying that school value me and the contribution I’m making. Currently I’m Able, Gifted & Talented Coordinator (a bit of a focus for school from our last Ofsted), Art subject leader, about to start being an NQT (newly qualified teacher) mentor and I’m starting a middle management course in January.
Things are looking good. I work hard and (without wanting to sound like I have a huge ego) it’s a job that I know I can do well. The only downside being that sometimes this hard work, and the workload at home that goes hand in hand with it, feel a bit like they’re taking over.
This coupled with busy weekends; weddings, hen dos, birthdays, days out with friends mean that I haven’t felt like more than 5 minutes to myself since September. It’s probably not a surprise that I’m currently nursing a sickness bug. My immune system is always the first thing to struggle, that and the little lovelies I work with are always harbouring some sort of lurgy!
So, I’m currently seeking a better balance between work and life. Any tips are very gratefully received!