Hello - can anyone help? I have been a teacher for over 20 years and have had a few ‘episodes’ over the years from which I made a fairly good recovery and my teaching remained largely unaffected. Over the past two years my condition has deteriorated and after a lengthy process was finally diagnosed about a year ago. I had already opted for a part-time (3 day) contract due largely to problems of fatigue and dizziness.
For the last 10 years I have worked in a highly demanding and high achieving grammar school. Senior management are prepared to meet their statutory obligations and make reasonable adjustments but at the same time require all members of staff to teach to the highest level and go that extra mile. Where staff struggle to meet these expectations through illness, stress, poor performance, or whatever, they have all ended up resigning their posts.
My current fatigue, dizziness and memory loss has meant that I have basically ‘blagged’ my way through the past year using my experience. I have come to the painful conclusion that I am no longer capable of meeting my teaching contractual obligations despite any adjustments being put in place. I have a large family with four teenage children and I am concerned about all of our future’s. I am at the crossroads and do not know how to proceed so would welcome any advice from anyone who has been through a similar employment situation.
I am aware of several options. I could reduce my hours further but feel that a further drop in come is not viable. Similarly, I could change schools but there a few jobs available locally for us more expensive experienced teachers and I don’t think I can carry out my duties professionally anywhere. I am therefore considering going on sick leave with a view of applying for early retirement on the grounds of ill-health. However, I am concerned that the Teachers Pension Agency might reject my claim or I might be dismissed due to capability thereby seriously reducing our family income. Sorry for the long post and thank you for getting this far, but I would appreciate any advice on my prospects of succeeding with my claim and how to make a rock solid claim in the first place.