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Today 08:43 AM
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NSman reservist

Hi all, this is a bit of a random question here.

I got an NS ICT call-up in Term 3 and it is a high-key activity (2 weeks). As you all know, Term 3 is an extremely busy period for teachers, and for students it is a critical period since it's nearing their exams, especially for the graduating cohort.

I'm very worried about my students and do not wish to be absent during that period. I don't mind sacrificing my protected time for 2 weeks of reservist instead.

1. What is the likelihood of getting a deferment? If I get the Principal to write and sign a deferment letter, will that increase the chances?

2. I was told before by higher-ups that due to reservist, I will be given extra workload to make up for what I managed to escape, otherwise it is unfair to other colleagues. Is this the same in all schools? Does NS reservist disrupt our career progression?

It would be helpful if you are able to share any similar experiences. Thank you!
Yesterday 02:41 PM
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how are parent volunteers selected

i am a parent here and hoping that teachers/ppl involved in selecting parent volunteers can revert. If i write in to a sch to apply, who vets these applications? Are there any support which is typically desired?
13-01-2021 01:32 PM
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Flexi

Hello all,

I am considering to be flexi adjunct if possible. Or any opening?
Is there anyone here able to share with me the pay scale? Considering this due to family commitments and worry that the drop is too much as well.
If it is per hour payment.. can anyone share the pay scale or range for GEO 3/4?
Thank you in advance!
12-01-2021 11:11 PM
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once in a blue moon you will meet a teacher who loves his career, the rest are all lamenting everyday
Itís isnít so bleak.
I do enjoy teaching and maybe would say I love it. Many of my colleagues also feel the same but we obviously have moments / plenty of depressing/burnt out/annoyed moments too.

Jia you everyone for 2021!
11-01-2021 01:32 AM
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Mismatch of expectations. I would say all of us experience it, although some of us are much less affected by it than others. We are sold the idea of fulfillment and satisfaction through teaching, which is a misrepresentation of where most of our day to day job satisfaction normally comes from. Actual T&L of academic subjects is just the tip. Below that, most of our work revolves around getting our students ready to learn. This means taking care of their multitude of non-acad related needs, and also running the school in an operational sense. Sure we have allied educators and EAS colleagues to help us with some of these, but ultimately most student-facing and stakeholder-facing non-teaching work is still done by EOs.

If one thinks such work is unnecessary or degrades job satisfaction, one should consider being a private tutor whose job is almost 100% to teach. With an NIE certification, it is easier to compete in the market and command higher fees. Teaching is a skill that every MOE teacher needs to master, but ironically (or not?) teaching of acad subjects is not the thing that takes up most of the MOE teacher's mental/physical bandwidth and working hours.
i miss my sec sch teachers. they seem so on the ball.
10-01-2021 11:21 AM
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once in a blue moon you will meet a teacher who loves his career, the rest are all lamenting everyday
Mismatch of expectations. I would say all of us experience it, although some of us are much less affected by it than others. We are sold the idea of fulfillment and satisfaction through teaching, which is a misrepresentation of where most of our day to day job satisfaction normally comes from. Actual T&L of academic subjects is just the tip. Below that, most of our work revolves around getting our students ready to learn. This means taking care of their multitude of non-acad related needs, and also running the school in an operational sense. Sure we have allied educators and EAS colleagues to help us with some of these, but ultimately most student-facing and stakeholder-facing non-teaching work is still done by EOs.

If one thinks such work is unnecessary or degrades job satisfaction, one should consider being a private tutor whose job is almost 100% to teach. With an NIE certification, it is easier to compete in the market and command higher fees. Teaching is a skill that every MOE teacher needs to master, but ironically (or not?) teaching of acad subjects is not the thing that takes up most of the MOE teacher's mental/physical bandwidth and working hours.
10-01-2021 06:24 AM
booney Hi, very new to this forum and this is my first post.

Is anyone able to share whether there is a demand for teaching economics currently? From reading earlier posts, there seems to be an oversupply of teachers now. What are my chances if I'm applying as someone doing a mid career switch?
10-01-2021 01:44 AM
Unregistered once in a blue moon you will meet a teacher who loves his career, the rest are all lamenting everyday
08-01-2021 04:09 PM
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Just wanted to find out about your thoughts on my potential CEP and rate of progression.

Graduated PGDE in 2014 and was promoted to GEO4 in 2020. Along the way, have taken maternity twice and currently on secondment to an independent school.

i) is my rate of promotion considered average/slow? Iím not the sort to ask my colleagues/friends about such things so I really have no idea.

ii) Do you think my secondment will have an impact on my career progression? (Am really trying to get on the teaching track)
Your rate of progression is ok. Based on what you shared, you should have gotten your cohort promotion in Apr 2016. 4 years from geo3 to geo4 is average, although some teachers here will argue that it is still considered fast because "some people stay at geo3 forever" (the stagnation is usually the officer's own fault, or own intention).

Secondment to an independent school should not have noticeable negative impact on your career progression.
07-01-2021 10:22 PM
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Open posting exercise, closed posting exercise, etc etc. Your own school is only a tiny red dot in the massive landscape that is the Education Service. Besides other schools, you can also seek greener pastures in HQ or academies, although 'chasing advancement' in HQ is a bit different from doing so in a school. It can be rewarding if you find yourself suited to the work. Why not explore? Don't confine yourself if you want to spread your wings.
What is the difference about advancement in HQ and in school?
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