TeachingEscape.com is here for you, to give you the help you may need to develop an escape plan and to leave teaching.
I am Phil Turner, a bit about me first: I am an escaped teacher.
I taught science and chemistry in two schools in Wigan and St Helens from 1975 to 2003. I loved teaching and stayed in the classroom rather than looking for pastoral or management jobs.
I stayed in the classroom from choice because I was not interested in pastoral work and I liked myself too much to go into management once I saw what managers did to teachers.
I moved to Ireland in 2003 for a temporary, 12 month, contract at a private college in Cork city. The job did not work out and my contract was not going to be renewed. I was paid over the summer, but spent 3 months looking for a new job.
I applied for every job I could find and was eventually taken on by a security company. The job entailed 24/7 standby and driving around Ireland to fix broken down ATMs.
In my new job I had no weekends off, no holidays for 12 months, yet I had less stress than when I had been teaching. The pay was good, I was clearing €600 to €1000 a week after tax, which along with my own van and a company phone meant I was earning about twice what I had been earning as a teacher at the top of the pay-scale.
Redundancy – A New Start
The job came to an end in 2010 as the company cut back after the 2008 financial crash. I was made redundant at age 57 in depression-hit Ireland.
I had moved to a house in the country in 2007 and had no Internet except dial-up for emergencies. I realised that my chances of landing a real-world job were slim, so I invested €1,000 in a satellite broadband set-up and set about making a job for myself online.
As a teacher, I reasoned that I could write, so I wrote articles for payment. I made contacts, set up my own writing agency and have gone on from there to set up Teaching Escape as part of my plan to help other teachers to get out of teaching.