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Am I a failure because I need a little more time to mark?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by StrangelyOptimistic, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. I have recently taken over as Acting HOD (after a lot of discussions with the HOF about how they couldnt afford an acting HOD and so they were appointing me on a "trial" basis etc) and I have a very full timetable and due to the subject I teach, I think I have quite a large number of individual classes (14 in total!).. I dont know what the average is, but 14 individual classes seems a lot to me and with around 25 students per class it means a LOT of books to mark. I have always stayed relatively on top of my marking by using peer assessment and self assessment as well as teacher comments / marks etc.. However I was ill for the last 2 weeks of term before Christmas with the vomiting bug that went around and as such I couldn't do any marking AND I wasnt in school to take any of my books home to mark over the holidays and so have come back to a large "backlog."

    I have been told that the HOF will be doing a spot check on me next week to see how I am coping with lessons / teaching / staff management etc.. as part of this she wants to check all my books but there's no way I am going to get them all completed as on top of the books, I also have Year 11 coursework folders to mark and Year 13 coursework.

    I mentioned this in passing to my HOF, saying that I would appreciate a little more time as we have only just gotten back, reminded her that I was ill before Christmas, and informed her of the impending coursework deadlines, but she made a comment like "oh well if you're not coping with the HOD role and you've only had it for 2 school weeks then how do you expect to cope for the rest of the year" and then she added that we would "talk about it in our meeting next week."..

    So no I am a bit stressed because the only way I'm going to get all this marking done by next Tuesday is if I don't do ANY lesson planning and I don't give ANY support to the other 5 non specialist teachers in my department. I know I will end up prioritising the important marking (the coursework folders) and then work down from A-level to GCSE to KS3) but I am just worried that it will reflect badly on me that its not all finished and it will lead to them wanting to take the job off me? Can they do that? I dont feel like i've had a proper shot at it yet as I was ill and we've only just got back!

    What do I do? Any suggestions?
     
  2. I have recently taken over as Acting HOD (after a lot of discussions with the HOF about how they couldnt afford an acting HOD and so they were appointing me on a "trial" basis etc) and I have a very full timetable and due to the subject I teach, I think I have quite a large number of individual classes (14 in total!).. I dont know what the average is, but 14 individual classes seems a lot to me and with around 25 students per class it means a LOT of books to mark. I have always stayed relatively on top of my marking by using peer assessment and self assessment as well as teacher comments / marks etc.. However I was ill for the last 2 weeks of term before Christmas with the vomiting bug that went around and as such I couldn't do any marking AND I wasnt in school to take any of my books home to mark over the holidays and so have come back to a large "backlog."

    I have been told that the HOF will be doing a spot check on me next week to see how I am coping with lessons / teaching / staff management etc.. as part of this she wants to check all my books but there's no way I am going to get them all completed as on top of the books, I also have Year 11 coursework folders to mark and Year 13 coursework.

    I mentioned this in passing to my HOF, saying that I would appreciate a little more time as we have only just gotten back, reminded her that I was ill before Christmas, and informed her of the impending coursework deadlines, but she made a comment like "oh well if you're not coping with the HOD role and you've only had it for 2 school weeks then how do you expect to cope for the rest of the year" and then she added that we would "talk about it in our meeting next week."..

    So no I am a bit stressed because the only way I'm going to get all this marking done by next Tuesday is if I don't do ANY lesson planning and I don't give ANY support to the other 5 non specialist teachers in my department. I know I will end up prioritising the important marking (the coursework folders) and then work down from A-level to GCSE to KS3) but I am just worried that it will reflect badly on me that its not all finished and it will lead to them wanting to take the job off me? Can they do that? I dont feel like i've had a proper shot at it yet as I was ill and we've only just got back!

    What do I do? Any suggestions?
     
  3. Gardening Leaves

    Gardening Leaves New commenter

    Do you know, I usually try my best to be sweet and measured in my responses but my gut reaction is to suggest you tell this woamn to stick her 'Acting HoD' post where the sun doesn't shine!!
    You are doing it without pay (if I have read it right) and getting no support from the HoF, although you are supporting 5 non-specialists?
    I would prioritise the marking that is important - say the cwk folders and tell them to stuff the responsibility if they are going to be like that to you about it! Sounds like the HoF feels she's doing you a favour. What will happen if you just relinquish the post? They'll end up with no HoD and the HoF will have to manage all that you are doing herself!! [​IMG]
     
  4. I agree - you're doing a non paid role, what's to stop you giving it up?
     
  5. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    I too think you are being taken for a mug and it is causing you far more problems and issues than advantages.
     
  6. chriszwinter1

    chriszwinter1 New commenter

    If something's worth doing, it's worth being paid for - both financially and in terms of extra ppa. If you have neither, I'd agree that it is time for the HoF to be told less than politely to shove it.
     
  7. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Occasional commenter

    If you are doing a HoD role (particularly as you have at least 5 people working with you) you should a) be paid for what you are doing and b) have sufficient time to do the job. If these things aren't being met then I would give up the responsibilities and pass them onto you HoF to do.
    If you are getting paid / and the time allowance then you should be fairly on top of your marking - if you have not marked books for two weeks due to illness then I would not be too worried as long as they were up to date at that point.
    I think you have been placed in an almost impossible situation where it will be difficult for you to succeed so I would head off out of that school ASAP
     

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