I currently teach in a comprehensive state school. Have done for the past 6 years. Worked hard, pretty good at it etc etc.
Anyway, a colleague of mine resigned at the end of last year citing intolerable work pressures - feeling like he was not allowed to be the teacher he wanted to be - class sizes, marking load, not enough time to plan stimulating exciting lessons - the usual teacher gripes.
It struck a chord. I had a look around and saw a job that was appealing. I threw an application together that I knew would be pretty strong but without considering all potential scenarios. Turns out, I have been shortlisted for a job at a top independent school (not quite Eton, Harrow, Winchester but the rung below) with an interview this week. Jumping to conclusions obviously but I normally interview well…and if I were to be offered it (generous salary scheme and subsidised accommodation included) I might have a serious decision to make.
I am quite capable of making my own mind up (and probably already have) but wondered what the good folk of Sotonians* would make of this quandary. Where do you sit on the state v private debate? And if you could potentially have you and your family set up financially would any moral stance you might have take a backseat?