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Anyone ever get through to the Teaching Regulation Agency?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by DrYu, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. DrYu

    DrYu New commenter

    Dear all,

    I posted first class my Notice of Appeal to the Teaching Regulation Agency last Monday, was guranteed to recived by 1pm Tuesday, and it did as I saw the proof of delivery from Royal Mail.

    As in the document in the NQT induction, they are suppose to respond within THREE working days. If I count Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, that’s about time I should have heard back.

    As today is Monday now and almost end of the 4th working day, I still haven’t heard anything back.

    Tried to ring them but never got through to people. Also I don’t really want to “hold the line” as it’s not a free number to call either.

    Should I chase them with an email again tomorrow?


  2. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    An email would do no harm. You may need to ring and hold the line. A free number is rare, sadly, for Gvt agencies.
    It may be worth checking the website first, just in case the information in your NQT pack is now out of date.
  3. DrYu

    DrYu New commenter

    It's from the gov site here, dated on May 2018, where it says
    This has not been happening at all. Not even a confirmation saying that they have received my Notice of Appeal. I will email them again.

    Unfortunately, underpaid teachers and now unemployed, I have no intention to waste my money on something just because government employers don't have the capacity to deliver their promises. Not saying that I am a perfect teacher, but I have never been behind on emails, especially with regards to communications with parents and pupils.

    Hopefully they will reply soon!

  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    From your other posts, hopefully your union is fully involved in this communication and should be able to advise you on the best way to make contact.

    They may well have written within three working days, but sent the letter second class. If they posted on Friday, there is every chance you won't receive it until tomorrow.

    On the other hand, as they will know you have a receipt from Royal Mail confirming they have received your letter, they may think that is sufficient.

    You chose to leave your post when the school wanted to extend your NQT induction by a term. This was a huge risk as, if your appeal fails, you will have to complete a term elsewhere, but currently do not have a job making it harder to get a new one. Unless you have evidence that your school are not being honest with their evidence you haven't yet met the standards, you are unlikely to succeed in your appeal. However, your union should be providing all this advice and you will most certainly need their support when appealing.
    mothorchid and Rott Weiler like this.
  5. DrYu

    DrYu New commenter

    "Good/Excellent" teaching is subjective and the frustration here is that none-specialists can't see the merits in good mathematics teaching. So instead, SLTs would come to half of your lesson and comment on "no plenary"; Or when I did a lesson on exam skills like using calculators efficiently for iterative methods, SLT would say "learnt nothing new". Things like this is totally annoying and un-constructive. They would even make remarks like "Only ONE worksheet is used", when it is a fully differentiated sheet, where pupils are stretched, challenged appropriately.

    Honestly, tried to ask Union once, but this time I don't think I was noticed and taken care of at all. I had already sent the Notice and requested a hearing, so we will see.

    Lastly, so that I might have sounded a bit negative but I am sure you understand where it is coming from. I resigned the post not because I can't teach, but because I am a professional teacher. I can't work for a school where they don't see it the same way. I will not bring this negativity into my classroom because my pupils deserve the "free me", not the moody teacher who has no motivation at all that the school made me into.

    I am struggling to get the TEACHING post I deserve due to the stupidity of NQT, but I am not desperate for A job. I can easily get a non-academic job.

    BUT I AM LOOKING FOR A CLOSURE. The TRA should do a better job and be a model if they expect teacher to be same.
  6. DrYu

    DrYu New commenter

    Any to be honest, either way I am a loser. Even if I win my appeal, the TRUE winner are the Children that I teach. The sanctification and constant smile I get from my pupils is good enough for me.
  7. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    Is this really the word you mean? It gives an impression of someone who has a remarkably high opinion of themselves...;)
  8. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I agree with @mothorchid that surely sanctification isn't the right word? I was already thinking your longer post sounded remarkably arrogant, but sanctification was really impressive.

    I was a great secondary maths teacher, but definitely never managed 'constant smiles' from any classes let alone sanctification!

    And, actually, in my NQT year I was probably pretty naff, though I didn't realise it at the time.
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  9. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

  10. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

  11. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Oh I don't know...if secondary school pupils in a maths class, think of the OP as a saint, presumably colleagues would put him on a par with God? ;)
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