Moving to Full Time (All Teachers)
MemberJuly 22, 2016 at 1:25 am
I’ve noticed on a few other forum topics that teachers in this group have mentioned that they may not do teaching as their full time job. Personally, I’m lucky enough to have done singing teaching as a full time job right from when I started (more than 4 years ago). But there are definitely pros and cons to this, and I’ve had to learn a whole lot of business skills along the way, and have had some steep learning curves.
So, for those of you who don’t do teaching full time:
a) Would you like to transition to full time or no?
b) What barriers are you facing and what concerns do you have about this process?
MemberAugust 6, 2016 at 3:18 pm
There is always a fear that you may not get enough students. However, what I have noticed in this short time, you are not necessarily tied down by endless administrative duties that you would at school. So at the moment I find it quite refreshing
MemberAugust 16, 2016 at 5:57 pm
I am moving to full time in September. I’m becoming increasingly worried about times when everyone is on holiday etc.
MemberAugust 16, 2017 at 6:27 pm
I am looking to move into teaching full time but my main barriers is possibly unsocial hours. Generally, people are only available after 3.30 or 5.00 and that will only leave a certain number of hours during the week. At best if you are available to teach at 4.00 and you have no breaks then you could have 5 hours of teaching finishing at 9pm.
I am considering continuing teaching in the classroom P/T for several reasons; staying in touch with current changes in the curriculum and also recognising private students through contact with parents. My reasons for going to peri teaching are numerous but the two main reasons are these; schools today will concentrate on core subjects and sciences therefore art based subjects will be limited at GCSE and even A’level. Even if they were available class sizes would be very small and therefore will not not run. My other reason is peri teaching offers more flexibility. I have been offered some sessional, consultancy and performance work. There are few jobs that gives you that flexibility. With this variety all of it becomes more experience and professional development.
The holidays gives you more flexibility. Having spoken to other peri teachers they have a stripped down timetable but also save up money in busy periods so you are managing your finances more effectively. Thats probably the most difficult bit!!!!!
MemberOctober 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm
I’ve been teaching consistently for over 5 years but only been doing it full time for just over 6 months. Things are going well but if you’re moving from having a regular salaried job too it can take some adjusting to. Managing finances is definitely something you need to become effective at!
I think it’s about spotting and preparing annual trends like when you’re going to be quiet (August!) and when things will be much busier. People tend to have less regular working patterns than maybe 20 years ago so I get quite a few adult learners during the day which means not all my work is between the 4 – 8 peak hours period.
Good luck to anyone moving full time 🙂
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