Showing posts from September, 2019


Harriet is a primary school teacher in her 30s. Originally from Hampshire, she now lives in northern England and is recently married. "This is my fifth year of teaching. I'm getting to school at half seven each day, I'm one of the last to leave, and then I'm working until late at home. I try to keep the work at the weekend to just one of the days but I probably do about seventy hours a week in all. "Five months ago, I got married. My husband works in retail. His hours are fixed and he now doesn't have to work evenings or weekends, so I do feel guilty that, you know, in the evenings, he is waiting around for me to finish up with work. He would never say, "you work too much, we're not seeing enough of each other", but I still feel really guilty. We're obviously still in our honeymoon period and, I mean, it's not great, when you're a newly wed and you're together in the evening and he's watching television and I'm sitt


Elisabeth, 40s, is from central Europe and now lives in northern England. She is a former school teacher and assistant primary headteacher, now turned university lecturer. “I got into teaching through my own children. I never thought I’d have the confidence to stand up in front of a class and talk, but because the school my children were at always needed volunteers, they got me involved – they even trained me as a swimming teacher. I really enjoyed it and that’s what helped me decide to do my teacher training as a mature student. I got my first job at a small rural school and stayed there for ten years – that was my whole teaching career. I wasn’t ambitious but I kept being encouraged to take on new roles. I was a teacher, a specialist leader of education for the local area, assistant head, student mentor – all the usual things. It wasn’t what I had ever seen myself doing but it was hard to say no. I even began applying for headships. “Around the same time, I had taken some time


If I am starting this blog, it only seems right that I should go first. Stefan, late 30s, is a former primary school based in Yorkshire. In 2014, he left full-time teaching and now is a university lecturer, a writer and independent consultant. "I think back often to the day when I resigned from my teaching job at a primary school. There was no red mist, no tears, no door slam. Writing the letter, printing it and dropping it onto the Head’s desk happened somewhere between wiping the board clean at the end of the day and clearing away the table clutter. I had no job to go to, no plan of what would come next. As far as I was concerned, I was done with teaching forever. The end of term came and I felt no regret or worry. Just relief. "That was six years ago. I still work in education. I write, teach creative writing in primary schools, and lecture at universities. On the outside it might look impressive or like an upward trajectory, but all this has happened under the sha