Just some of the headlines I am proud to say I'm disproving; I've reached the end of my fifth year in teaching, more inspired and eager to continue than ever before! What's more, this fifth year has been my most favourite. But it hasn't always been this way...
There have been times I've considered quitting:
So why didn't I leave?
Each of these instances, and several more in the years gone by, have taught me an important lesson:
Cut to 5 years later.
I've enjoyed a year in a new school, after feeling professionally confident enough to jump ship from everything I knew!
I've launched teachmrn.com, where my constant rambling is creeping up to 50,000 views!
I've created an app designed to support parents with reading at home!
...and there was that time I split my trousers at the London Science Museum.
There's nothing further from my mind, than quitting this glorious business.
However, there is one thing I am giving up; reading miserable "Why I'm leaving" articles. If you don't like it, put in the effort to change it. Be realistic about the timescale. And be prepared to tackle critique on the way.
Don't pour your time into composing a short essay on 'how it used to be', which will only be read by people who already know everything you're going to say, or people who can't relate, thus rendering your misplaced efforts as another poster for the 'recruitment crisis'. We know the stresses; we do it too. Anyone who doesn't will just assume you're complaining about not receiving an extra week's holiday after your 3.30pm finish. There's nothing wrong with this profession - it's just the way you're being asked to go about it.
We need you to stay strong, stick to your values, and take your expertise to another school that really need you!
The 5 Year Curse is a myth, and I'm pleased to have made the right choices to ensure my longevity in this rewarding career.