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Re: The Teachers' Thread
« Reply #2040 on: March 15, 2021, 02:55:24 pm »
Blimey... as if you’ve not hit enough to deal with...

Good luck

It actually went really well. Timing was beneficial as our kids have been very excited and hard to engage since coming back to site!
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Re: The Teachers' Thread
« Reply #2041 on: March 15, 2021, 05:16:26 pm »
It actually went really well. Timing was beneficial as our kids have been very excited and hard to engage since coming back to site!
Good to hear....

Well done, that can’t have been easy...
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Re: The Teachers' Thread
« Reply #2042 on: April 24, 2021, 12:04:22 am »
Really feel for my missus at the minute.

She’s a qualified Art teacher and has been in a school for 6 years, mainly as a technician but doing some cover here and there, she’s completed her BA and NQT years, she was just waiting for a job to come up in the school because she loves it there, loves the kids and they love her, she gets on incredibly well with all the teachers, really is like one massive family.

Job came up last year for a DT teacher as the fella doing it had a mental breakdown and had to leave suddenly, my missus stepped up, sorted the class out, sorted the courses out, worked with the department heads to get the kids back on track and was getting positive reviews left, right and centre from staff and students, she worked through the pandemic, stressed herself out trying to do the best for the kids, pretty much worked to exhaustion to give herself the best shot of getting the job permanently.

Everyone kept saying to her that it was a technicality and she’d have to get the job for the work she’d put in, she practically turned everything around and got the department back on track singlehandedly.

The job came up the other week, so my missus sits there until early hours, making sure everything is perfect on her application, prepares her portfolio ect and just wanted the chance to have an interview to show how much she wanted the job full time.

Headteacher didn’t even offer her an interview, completely overlooked her and hasn’t spoke to her since the job went up, he’s made passing comments to other staff members about how my partner will “have more time to give other staff a hand” as he’s expecting her to drop back down to a technician.

My missus has killed herself for that role, and to not be given the chance has destroyed her, spent 3 hours crying her eyes out and feel completely used by the headteacher.

To make matters worse, he’s given the job to someone whose not only still in their NQT year, but only has 3 months total of teaching experience, and is throwing them into the role knowing full well that the school doesn’t have the facilities for what he wants them to teach.

He’s apparently mentioned that my missus didn’t get the interview because on her teaching qualification, it only says she’s an Art teacher, even though the course she completed was DT with Art.

Feel so bad for her and just needed to get this off my chest. Absoloutely fuming over it and I know all the staff in the school are aswell.
How to you tell someone they’re an amazing teacher and person when they wasn’t even given a chance to interview for the role they’d absoloutely nailed and had gone above and beyond to earn a chance?

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Re: The Teachers' Thread
« Reply #2043 on: April 24, 2021, 01:26:39 am »
Presumably the cheaper option if they’re NQT? Heard of that happening loads.

My missus quit at end of Dec so she can do her phd full time and she couldn’t be happier. She’s still good mates with a handful of teachers inc in her old dept and they’ve been saying it’s a mess. She ended up getting a phone call today asking if she can sub for the next two weeks (at double the pay she was on full time) as the one who replaced her has gone off stress and one other in her dept is too. That’s the second call she’s had since Jan asking her!

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Re: The Teachers' Thread
« Reply #2044 on: April 24, 2021, 01:37:38 am »
Presumably the cheaper option if they’re NQT? Heard of that happening loads.

My missus quit at end of Dec so she can do her phd full time and she couldn’t be happier. She’s still good mates with a handful of teachers inc in her old dept and they’ve been saying it’s a mess. She ended up getting a phone call today asking if she can sub for the next two weeks (at double the pay she was on full time) as the one who replaced her has gone off stress and one other in her dept is too. That’s the second call she’s had since Jan asking her!

Apparently they’ve only been given the job because it says Art & DT on their qualification.

They did the same course as my missus but something to do with having to give my missus a bursary if they put DT on her qualification compared to not having to if they only put Art. Happened to a few of her mates around the same time aswell.

So she hasn’t got an interview purely on a technicality.

She wasn’t expecting to be given the job, she’s not that type of person, all she wanted was the chance to atleast interview for it.

The head has done it to another teacher aswell, it’s down to some woman he knows who used to work for OFSTED (since retired,) whose been in his ear saying the school will only get outstanding in the reports if he hires teachers with the correct qualification on the PGCE or whatever it’s called, instead of whatever person is best for the school and for the kids. So he’s hiring to improve the school rating without actually looking at if the candidates are the best for the job.
The other teacher he’s done it to, his excuse to her was that she didn’t use the keywords he was looking for, in the order he expected! Even though her interview was incredibly strong. The fella is a joke, caring more about ratings than the actual education of the kids.

The kids I feel for aswell, they’re not going to be rushed through a course that they don’t have the facilities for and also one that no one in the department has even planned for because they already had a plan in place for next term going into next year.
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Re: The Teachers' Thread
« Reply #2045 on: April 24, 2021, 12:01:28 pm »
Sometimes the HT makes absolutely baffling decisions in many schools. Mostly it's due to finance or complete ignorance.

The amount of schools with heavy staff turnovers is quite astonishing and frankly a disgrace. If Ofsted ever made it a priority to look into staff turnover as part of inspection things would change dramatically. All of a sudden Senior Leadership Teams would think twice about their behaviour.

Thankfully I'm in a school with mainly decent SLT, makes an unbelievable difference.
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