Why you should be ashamed of the lesbian teacher job
Teacher jobs can be challenging and expensive.
But now, lesbian teachers can get a boost by the Department of Education.
In an attempt to tackle the stigma associated with teaching, the Government has made it easier for them to get jobs, with job ads in the teacher store being put up for public consultation.
But with the job offer being open for only six months, the move comes at a time when many lesbian teachers are struggling to find employment.
Gayle Rousselle is the teacher assistant at St Andrew’s Primary School in Loughborough.
Gayles job is a lot easier to find.
We’ve had to get through some quite a few applications. “
So if you look at the job descriptions, they all say they’re looking for a person of the same gender.”
We’ve had to get through some quite a few applications.
“One application just said, ‘You’ve got the right qualifications for the job’.”
I’m a teacher and I have no clue what that means.
“I’ve never actually been on a queue.”
But I’m sure there are plenty of people out there with the right training and qualifications and they’d be great.
“Gayles job advert for teacher assistant is open to anyone aged 16 or over.
She says there’s a lot to learn about the job, but also a lot that she can get from the people who are applying.”
When you have a job like this, it’s a great opportunity for you to get to know your fellow teachers and the school,” she says.”
You get to meet your students, talk to them about your career, see the school and go and see what they are doing.
“Gayle is one of hundreds of lesbian teachers across the country who are looking to gain entry into the teacher role.
But, unlike many, she’s only being offered a job as a teacher assistant.
Gayly has a different approach to getting into the job.”
It’s not just about the salary.
There are so many other aspects to being a teacher that you need to take into account, from getting to know the staff, from the school culture and culture, from having a strong personal identity and having the support network,” she explains.”
So there’s all these things you need, but it’s not all about salary.
“Gayly says she’s also keen to get involved with the school community, and encourages her students to make sure their schools are welcoming.”
My job is not to be a bad person or not make an effort.
It’s to help the school, the teachers, the school leaders, and the parents,” she said.”
They’ve got to do the same.