I read an article where a teacher admitted ‘cheating’ to help children achieve expected percentages; did she cheat or just give a shove in the right direction. Children often lose their identity when discussed in terms of targets, particularly when the stats are continually analysed by SLT who link results to performance management; children MUST meet the target otherwise the teacher has failed – in many schools this assumption permeates every aspect of management planning – this is the pressure that can lead to ‘cheating’. How many primary teachers ‘look over’ written work encouraging ‘editing’ before the piece is deemed suitable for independent writing?
Another article discusses parental influences in the classroom. ‘Abusive behaviour by parents is experienced by a third of primary teachers, either online or on the school premises, at least once a month’. This sort of pressure can result in stress and sickness which clearly impacts on learning.
Individual teachers will react differently in different situations and schools should have policies to protect their staff. Union advice is essential if a teacher feels their school is not looking after them or treating them unfairly.
However the pressure can build through implied threats, subtle hints, sarcasm or put downs in front of other staff. A constant, ever building head of pressure which can leave you feeling stressed and anxious. It doesn’t need to be like this.
From personal experience I know how speaking up can lead to alienation. However we all have a right to speak up and I can help you gain the confidence you need to make that first step and if necessary keep going. Through the process of hypnotherapy I can help to reassure your inner voice, keep negative thoughts at bay and boost your confidence to speak out.