FHT: I hear many of you want to work at Aldi? I don’t understand.
Teachers: Because I can turn up 5 minutes before I start, work hard and leave 5 minutes after I finish.
FHT: But won’t you miss working with the children?
Teachers: Of course. I love teaching. But the job has changed significantly over the last few years and it’s beginning to affect my well-being.
FHT: But what about the pay cut? You won’t be able to afford to leave teaching! You are trapped.
Teacher: I know. It sucks. But I will get paid for the hours I actually work. If I work 50-60 hours a week at Aldi, I get paid for 50-60 hours. Currently I get paid 32.5 hours a week for working 50-60 hours.
FHT: But that’s a very selfish attitude to take. It’s a vocation.
Teachers: But I don’t see my family and I haven’t had a pay rise in years.
FHT: But we are under pressure to maintain our ‘good’ judgement. ‘It is what it is,’ at the moment. It will get better.
Teachers: Can I go part time then?
FHT: No. I don’t like part time teachers.
FHT: Where are you going?
(Secret Files based on real conversations within staff meetings, SLT meetings, book scrutiny feedback and performance management meetings…mostly!)