Help a battered teacher
January 30, 2006 12:18 PM Subscribe
A pupil at my Mum's school head-butted her today. She lost a tooth. She doesn't like teaching, and I don't want her to have to go back to that school ever again...
posted by godawful to Work & Money (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My wonderful, 50-year old mother stepped in to break up a fight in a class today and got a head-butt for her troubles. She lost a front tooth and the root and some of her jaw fractured. Needless to say I'm pretty angry about this, and I want to try to find a way to really help her (short of finding the little sod who's responsible and seeing how he likes it).
My Mum is in a hard position. The family needs the income from her job, and teaching is the only high-paying job that she can think of, or that she thinks she's qualified for. But she really hates the job and the school, and I know this incident is close to the last straw (it's a testament to her determination that she's still planning on going in tomorrow, gap and all).
The only real, long-term solution is a career change, but without any other experience, she's almost given up hope of finding anything other than a low-paid, service-industry job.
Any ideas would be much appreciated.
We're in the UK. She's now 50. She's got a good degree in biology. She took a 20 year career break to bring up me and my siblings, and she returned to teaching 3 years ago. She needs to earn £25k to get by. She's been teaching secondary school science biology, both as a supply teacher and more recently as a permanent teacher. She's quite computer-literate, and a very good all-round people-person.
Just ask if you need to know more. Many thanks for your help.