Primary school teacher reveals why he quit after just one term in emotional video

2017-11-06 14:50
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A newly qualified primary school teacher attracted worldwide attention for quitting the profession after just one term.

In an emotional video post, Eddlie Ledsham from Wallasey in the UK said he would sometimes find himself crying because of the “impossible hours” he was expected to work, reports Metro UK.

Eddie (22) started teaching a class of eight-year-olds in Wirral in England shortly after graduating. He jumped at the opportunity, he said.

“Looking back, I probably rushed into it but I was worried the start of the school year would come around and I'd be left without a job,” he told Birmingham Mail.

According to Liverpool Echo, while Eddie was warned by his tutors that his first year would be difficult, he was ecstatic when he landed his a job straight out of university.

But he soon realised his tutors were right about the profession.

“I love working with children but the problem with teaching is that there are so many expectations. I felt that what was expected of us was astronomical,” he said in the video posted on various news websites. 

Eddie says he had to do lesson plans all by himself rather than sharing ideas with other teachers in the same year.

Most days he got up at 5.30 am so that he could mark and do lesson plans but he would not get home until 6.30 in the evening. He was often last person to leave school.

He says university did not prepare him for the reality of the job.

“At uni, we were told that each lesson would require three A4 page plan. But, when you consider the fact that I was planning seven lessons a day, five days a week, that is an awful lot of planning to do.”

Rather than socialising with other teachers at lunch, he found himself in the classroom "catching up on work".

“Most of the teachers at the school would only speak to me to inform me I’d done something wrong and, if I did something right, it usually went unnoticed,” Eddie says in the video.

He was ready to quit after three weeks on the job but he stayed after a pep talk from his mother.

 “I felt like I was stuck between a rock and a hard place.”

"I think we should have been given more on-the-job experience during the course of the degree, as it didn’t at all prepare me for it."

Metro UK reports that The National Education Union (NEU) has repeatedly called for teachers in the UK to be paid better.

“We fully support action to address these problems but we already know that workload is the biggest single factor in teachers leaving the profession,” General secretary Dr Mary Bousted said.

“The Government must work with the profession to find solutions to the teacher supply crisis.”

Sources: Metro UK, Daily Mail, Birmingham Mail, Liverpool Echo

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