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Accepted job but found out something new.

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by jdl11, May 6, 2012.

  1. jdl11

    jdl11 New commenter


    Just after some advice, i recently accepted a job to start my NQT year in Sept. The job description was to teach Geography, upon visiting the school recently i have been told I will have to teach 2 classes of a different humanities subject. I have read over the job description and this was not mentioned at all. I am annoyed because this job means I have had to move away from home and it is not what I thought it was.

    Where do I stand on this? I managed not to react poorly face to face but am not very happy about this. I would not have applied to the job if i knew this was the case.

  2. I think that's pretty standard, but yeah I'd speak to the school about it if you're not happy. I'd have assumed it would be talked about at interview. Teachers in my department have been timetabled without asking to teach IT, MFL, and Geography. My subject? Maths!
  3. cupofteacher

    cupofteacher New commenter

    I started my NQT year believing I would teach one subject, I now teach 4. I love it because it has given me another string to my bow, and no in an ideal world I wouldn't want to teach anything else other than what I trained in, but I have a job at a school I love, have got loads of support in other subjects, and I'm happy.
    If you like the school and were excited about starting there in September doing 'just' your subject, then I would ask to meet your induction mentor to discuss what support will be put in place, and express your concerns.
  4. san38

    san38 New commenter

    Fairly unusual in my experience to teach humanities and get away with only teaching one subject
  5. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I agree. And what got me promoted so quickly was having taught and being able to teach a wide range of subjects.
  6. jdl11

    jdl11 New commenter

    Thanks for all the comments folks.

    You are all probably right, I think I am just having a bit of a near the end of PGCE stress time at the moment, workload has finally caught up with me i think! :)

    I am lucky to have a job, and the school is great. Its just that I am having to move away for the job because there a very few opportunities where I live. Once I start I am sure it will be fine, and I can always move next year if being away from family and friends becomes a bit of a grind.

    Thankyou for all your responses!
  7. Our music teacher is being made to teach A level statistics!!!!
  8. jdl11

    jdl11 New commenter

    Thats insane! I guess its realistic nowadays with cutbacks etc....
  9. That's a good attitude to have. Its not easy getting a job at the moment, have a word with whoever is in charge of the second subject and say you need more support to be able to teach it. You may even love it!
    All the best and well done on getting a job in a great school!

  10. Honestly! How can someone teach a subject as specific as stats if they have not trained in it?
    I teach 3 subjects, all of which I am happy to teach and I am confident in my own subject knowledge of them.
    Does the music teacher have any prior knowledge of the subject?
    If not, that's completely outrageous.
    Would be like my HT asking me to teach D and T....which end do I hold the saw with?

  11. Do all these posts relate to England? In Scotland, as far as I know, you have to have a degree in a subject before teaching it - unless covering a very short term absence under supervision of a HOD in that subject.
  12. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    Advanced level students are entitled to be taught by a specialist teacher. If they are not they will vote with their feet and head off to the nearest FE college. Is that what schools want?
    PS; hold the saw at the blunt end with the jagged edge pointing down.[​IMG]
  13. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    I know a music teacher who was teaching music, drama and Latin - she'd agreed to this, and had A-level Latin. But then she came back after Christmas to a timetable change which added year 9 art. She hadn't done art since year 9 herself.
    Heads can direct as they see fit, but some seem to use very little common sense.

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