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Am I Being Petty?

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by dylan83, May 10, 2011.

  1. This year, as an NQT, I've ended up with a lot of low ability classes, including a bottom group in year 10 who've been quite challenging. My HoD acknowledged that it wasn't completely fair to be teaching low groups in years 8, 9 and 10. I was hoping next year would be different. Earlier I saw a copy of the timetable for next year, based on what's been allocated, and I've got another bottom year 10 group.
    Is it petty to bring this up? I know that kids are kids and deserve to be educated, but let's face it - bottom sets are hard work. I don't mind taking my fair share, but surely sets should be fairly spread out between all staff. I'm starting to wonder whether I'm not deemed capable of teaching a top group...
  2. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    You can always mention it. Depending on how you get on with people you could always joke about it 'Ooh I must have been doing well with the lower sets if I've got them all again next year, lol'. x
  3. Wanderer007

    Wanderer007 New commenter

    "The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you".

    Take a moment to reflect if it will further your cause, and what it is that you hope as a realistic outcome. You clearly feel aggrieved, perhaps a quiet word with your mentor? Good luck working through this.
  4. I have been teaching for 6 years altogether including my GTP and NQT year. I have never taught a top set at KS3 and for the last 3 years have always trumped for bottom set year 7! When I queried it with my HOD (after they stepped down from that role) I was told it was a backhanded compliment. He wanted me to keep the new bottom set 7s in line and he knew he could trust me to keep the others on track and they gave the higher sets to people with weaker behaviour management skills. It was also payback for me as I taught my specialism to top sets in Y11 and also Y12 and Y13. Query it but don't expect it to change, although if it is unfair you might need to be a bit more strident!
  5. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    If the bottom year 10 is your only bottom set then yes it would be very petty to object. If you have 5 other bottom sets as well, then definitely bring it up.

    Bottom 10 might be the most tricky to teach, but if all your other sets are good ones then you'll be well able to cope.

    Back in the dark ages when I taught secondary I used to think bottom sets were easier than next to bottom ones. Bottom sets generally means fewer children and a TA or two. Next to bottom generally means dreadful behaviour, could do better if they tried and a full 30 with no or little TA support.

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