Where have the last ten years gone? I remember so clearly the Millennium Street party at my mum’s house, and the turn of the century. It’s hard to believe that the last ten years have passed so quickly! 10 years ago I was single, bouncing from relationship to relationship but now I’ve been in a long-term relationship with my partner for over 9 years. In that time we’ve travelled the world together (well selected parts!), we’ve bought a house together, become proud uncles.
Some things that probably should have changed haven’t. I still aspire to lose some weight (I manage it, then put it back on). I still don’t read enough books, I watch too much television, I spend too long on the Internet, although it’s hard to believe my internet bill 10 years ago was around £70 a month!
I still work in the same school (although at more than double the salary I started there on) and am still doing a job I love, with a very special and unique group of people. I’ve rediscovered a love of science teaching since becoming an AST, and this role has allowed me to work with a wide range of professionals from schools across my local authority (and beyond).
What for the next 10 years?
I don’t want to think about the end of the next decade – I’ll be 48 which seems so scary now! Hopefully I’ll be mortgage free, but will I be working full time or part time? That depends on the current educational climate, but with teacher bashing and identical educational policies on both sides of the political fence, the future doesn’t look rosy for teachers!
I know I should move on professionally, but I don’t need more money and there’s a lot to be said for doing a job you like. I work in a fantastic school with an excellent head who trusts his staff to do the job he asks of them. Staff have a lot of freedom to get on with their job and innovate, and yet we are a good school with outstanding aspects. Working in this kind of environment combined with weekly visits into other (usually mainstream) schools puts me off a change in workplace. I also know that a move up would mean a change in my educational priorities and I wouldn’t be able to focus as much on teaching science, which is the reason I love my job. I suspect I wouldn’t have as much time to share my ideas and resources with science educators around the world.
Maybe I’ll dust off my NPQH and rejoin the school leadership game, but that would require a change in education culture and I don’t see that happening in the next 10 years.
As for myself, I’d like to see more of the world, but the most important things are to have my health, my friends, my family. I’m ready whatever the next decade brings, your life is what you make it.
Happy New Year everyone!
(Originally posted on Tumblr)