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Postby Taull В» 10.11.2019


The only hostility I have received for being a teacher came at the checkout of my local supermarket when I told the person serving me that I taught at an independent school. I was picking up some photos for a class display and everything was going well — they even complimented my classroom — until I mentioned the school I worked at. I was shocked. Before being appointed head of maths at an independent school I had been teaching for three years. I was looking to move up the career ladder and a job as a maths leader was a perfect fit for me.

My friends and family teased me about how I would be paid a six-figure salary for teaching a class of eight children with silver spoons in their mouths, while enjoying my week annual holidays. But it turns out their assumptions were all wrong.

Let me start with the belief that class sizes are significantly smaller. This is a common misconception. I had 28 children in all of my classes. It stands to economic reason — independent schools need as many fee-paying students as possible, so it is counterproductive to limit their intake.

Keeping hold of those children is of paramount importance too. I know of very few independent schools that could survive on the tiny class sizes that lots of people seem to think they all have. Another thing that people think is that the salary in independent schools is significantly larger. Unfortunately for me this was not the case; my salary was maybe a pay scale point ahead of my state school equivalents, but nowhere near as grand as my friends and family and me, to be honest assumed it would be.

There were other perks around the job to compensate for this: longer holidays, discounted rates if your children attended the school, free school meals, etc. I was actually pleased about this, as it meant if I wanted to return to the state sector the drop in wages would be affordable.

Now, there is one myth about independent school teaching that is simply not true and that is that the quality of teaching is superior. In any school, independent or state, some teachers are stronger than others. In my school, there was little to no staff mobility; many teachers had been there for years and were not going to move any time soon, which led to some apathy or over familiarity with the curriculum.

As with any school, there were teachers I would have loved my children to have and those I would have had my concerns over; the excellence was not universal. When the Independent Schools Inspectorate visited — yes, independent schools are inspected too — the headteacher was careful to steer the inspectors to particular classrooms. Things like capability procedures also exist, although my experience from the outside were that these were positive and supportive.

Enough of the teachers, what about the parents? Of course, the majority of parents wanted the best for their children, but that has been the case in every school I have been at. I was also surprised by the number of parents who had sent their child to the school and were making significant sacrifices to do so. Perversely, it almost went the other way with some children going straight from school to a sports club to a music lesson to a tutor to a babysitter and barely seeing their parents from day to day.

In some cases the lack of interest shown in the children and their schoolwork, or even simply the lack of time spent with the children, was distressingly neglectful. All in all, I loved my time in the independent sector and only left to return to the state sector as I wanted to teach the same class all of the time instead of the same subject all of the time.

Other colleagues will completely disagree with me, and say that independent schools are exactly as people expect. But for me private schools are not what the general public, and particularly the checkout staff at my local supermarket, think they are.

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