It’s been a term of supply and a term since leaving teaching and I’ve come to the conclusion that it was the right choice for me, I don’t know if it was the right choice for my old class, I do hope that they are getting on well. They are, for the most part, a lovely bunch of children.
When I began teaching, I said to myself that I wouldn’t leave midway though the year but that’s exactly what ended up happening. As mentioned before, the reasons are many but what I found very hard was finding the right way to resign. I wanted out but I didn’t want to burn any bridges. Unlike one of my similarly departing colleagues (who had another teaching position and consequently really didn’t give a monkeys about the school in the last few weeks), I didn’t feel like teaching ever again. I needed to leave on a good note, with justifiable reasoning for – what felt like – deserting the class and the school. I needed to explain my position clearly and ensure that the school knew I was grateful for the time and energy they had spent on me. I suppose, my resignation letter was really the first 1ofthe40percent blogpost.
I present it to you (with a few minor edits to protect the guilty).
It with regret that I am offering my resignation from the position of —- – teacher, effective from the end of next half term. While I am very grateful for all of the support that ———- has given me since September, I feel that I am not the teacher that ———- requires at this time.
I know that I do not have the physical and personal energy to dedicate the amount of time to become a good or outstanding teacher and also remain happy, healthy and a good father to my children. When I spend most evenings and weekends working on the week’s planning and resourcing, implementing advice and trying to incorporate ideas from good practice that I have observed to deliver lessons that I feel are good and have produced good work, yet still continually attain a level of requiring improvement, I know that I do not have a thick enough skin to take this on board and continually move forward. It is for this reason that I feel it is best for me to take stock and consider if teaching is what I really wish to do.
I love teaching children and helping them learn. As has been continually recognised since I trained, I build excellent relationships with children, can motivate and make them proud of their achievements but, sadly, I don’t not feel this is enough for what, in the current education climate, a teacher needs to be. I cannot, at present, dedicate the full level of attention to all the roles that the position of teacher requires and I feel that my skills may be best served in more of a supportive role or another sector entirely.
I understand that this far from the ideal outcome for anyone, least of all —- -, who I have really enjoyed teaching and continue to make me proud, but in the long run I know it is in their best interests that they are not taught by a teacher who, at present, is not happy and unable to provide them with the best education possible.
I thank you for your support to date, which has been 100% more helpful in developing my teaching practise than my previous school and I feel that I am a better teacher as a result but I know this is the best course of action at present. I hope that you can appreciate my candour and understand that, although it may not be ideal in the immediate, it is for the best in the long term.
To be honest, it’s a piece of writing that I’m quite proud of. Concise, emotive and honest.
Did I get the tone right? Was I candid enough? Leave any thoughts in the comments, if you feel that way inclined.