“I was so excited when I qualified as a teacher! I had worked in a school for several years as a teaching assistant, so I thought I was well aware and prepared for the workload and other challenges which I knew I would face as a teacher. By the end of the my first year as an NQT, I was exhausted – but so proud of my pupils and what we had achieved together.
During my second year, I became more overwhelmed and I felt expectations of me became higher. I started to resent the lack of balance in my life and just couldn’t see teaching as a long-term career. I was so lucky that the school leadership team value their staff’s wellbeing and gave me the opportunity to work with Sue as a coach (and at times, she stepped into a mentoring role as well).
Sue helped me gain perspective, confidence and work out ways to feel more resilient and commit to self care and balance in my life. At first I felt quite guilty focusing on me, but I can see now that I would never have stayed in teaching if I hadn’t. I’m so grateful to the school and to my coach, I’m definitely staying in teaching for the long-term!”