I just want to go home and cry at the end of each day...'
This photo is a yoga session at my children's school fete a couple of years ago with several children who attended my personal development sessions.
Currently I'm back in the supply teaching pool (unable to commit my heart to a regular day until the system shifts) covering in numerous schools & noticing the continuing erosion of creativity, PSHE & so much more in many of them.
Experiencing frequently how many kids aren't getting along, tell tales, complain etc. They struggle to form a circle in order to just BE together for circle time, because there is no time, to listen to each other, share stories, ideas and learn more about each other.
Most teachers I speak to are unhappy with what they have to teach and the intensity of the day, and their distracted data collecting headteachers.
Recently, two of them have been in tears when handing over notes for the day to me, overwhelmed by constant admin and pressures to meet unreasonable targets.
One teaching assistant said, 'I just want to go home and cry at the end of each day, I've been here 20 years and all the spontaneity, fun and putting the children's wellbeing at the heart of the community (and the teachers) has gone, I feel so frustrated, disappointed and disempowered, but what can I do?'
Most children do know what a split digraph is though, what a relief, a brilliant skill for their future, sigh😞