Daventry Tertiary College - Northamptonshire (1990-2000)
It was less than 3 walk from our home to the college - 5/5
If you have a Principal with no interest in education, his staff or the students attending the college then a low score is almost inevitable. Once you realise that most of the Senior Leadership Team were "cut from the same timber" the score awarded is hardly going to be a surprise - 0/5
I made some quite good friends during my 10 years although I am only still in touch with one of them. The divide and rule tactics of the Bosses suckered some nice people into behaving like total fruitcakes. Endemic bad practice seemed to go unchecked - 2/5
I enjoyed teaching and in Further Education in the 1990s there was still far less government interference in teaching than was routine in schools - 5/5
I arranged it and carefully selected those who were invited - and those who were not! - 3/5
TOTAL SCORE 15/25
The steady decline in the Conditions of Service.
THE BEST PART
Gaining the experience and the qualifications that allowed me to escape into the school sector where my salary and my holiday entitlement both went up rather fast.
Guilsborough School - Northamptonshire (2000-2004)
It was about a 20 minute drive to the school and hence the longest commute of my working life - 4/5
The Head Teacher was superb and the other senior staff nearly as good. They cared about the kids and about the welfare of all their staff - 5/5
It was harder to make friends as a Head of Department than I realised when I took on the role. I had some first rate staff, some who were just about OK and one (HV) who was hopeless - 3/5
I enjoyed teaching Key Stage 5 but I loathed all the marking in Key Stage 4 - 4/5
As previously I arranged it and carefully selected those who were invited - and those who were not! - 4/5
TOTAL SCORE 20/25
The marking involved in the GCSE in ICT.
THE BEST PART
Having the highest added-value score in the history of the school for my year 13 ICT students - top in the country for their average grade!