so time for a change don’t you think?
It’s 10 years this March since I stopped being a social worker (residential, unqualified but at one point heading towards being assistant unit manager nevertheless) and moved into IT. Before that I did teacher training, though I didn’t get my PGCE. (I did do a year of degree level maths in order to have the relevant level of maths knowledge to be a maths teacher.) This March I will stop being a whatever it is I currently am in IT, and move back into education, training to be a Montessori teacher and taking up a role at Mill Cottage working towards being deputy head/principal/manager whatever you may call it.
What a decision it’s been to make. Unsurprisingly it’s a bit of a pay cut 😉 , and it’s a massive leap into the unknown in terms of training and working with young children. I did do a few stints in primary schools as part of my pgce and obviously there have been these periods of home education of my own offspring, but neither is going to have prepared me for a Montessori children’s house. Still, I’m looking forward to it – my gut feeling is that it’s the right decision, and since the evening it was offered to me I’ve felt more relaxed and more in tune with both myself and my family.
It does mean that I will be hibernating this blog on the ring – the children can no longer even be described as flexi-schooling (not while Tim is in a full time contract at the very least, and even if they drop hours at school as and when he’s not in those, it won’t be me home educating at that point!) although we will still be home education friendly (several of the children in both the children’s house and elementary are flexi-schooled, I don’t think any of them are there full time actually), and I hope we will still be welcome at home education gatherings. (Especially as we’re going to Melrose next week LOL.)
So there you go. Time for a change. Mid life crisis? Nah, think I’m heading back the way I wanted to tbh. The children are behind me 100% as is Tim, and those of our extended family (read, Tim’s family) that we’ve mentioned it to thought it sounded like a perfectly reasonable idea. In fact, pretty much everyone who has heard about it thinks it’s a reasonable idea, with the exception of my manager at work who said “congratulations! What am I going to do without you?” in tones of joy and despair pretty much evenly intermingled 😀