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Been put on an Informal Support Plan...

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by CallMeJohn, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Excellent, as ever. More Irish coffees!
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  2. cornflake

    cornflake Established commenter

    Sadly, the thing both teachers had in common was that the children were getting a raw deal. And that is not fair.
    Would you be happy if your child was taught by someone who could not do the job? Would you want to be operated on by a surgeon that wasn't up to it? Get your car fixed by someone who didn't have the energy to check all the bits were put back properly?

    Many of the things on your list should result in time off work, or reasonable adjustments - not support plans.
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  3. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    I quite agree. I've sort of accepted now that the school system is badly broken and I think a lot of parents have too, payingvtutors to top up the many gaps and see schools more as free (ish) childcare services. Another sensational legacy from Gove...
  4. fudgeface

    fudgeface Occasional commenter

    I feel a bit sick now Mrs M. The image of Gove's grubby boxers is not one I wanted before breakfast...
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  5. Anonymouse4

    Anonymouse4 Occasional commenter

    Oh god... I'm 2, 3, 4, 6, 8! Not to mention non-EBacc. Why did I not see this coming? :(
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  6. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Sorry! Whereas the image of me boxing Gove's grubby face probably would be one to relish!
  7. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Because you are a nice and educated professional person in a highly demanding job which, when your back was turned in 2013 while you were making the coffee, degenerated into the mess we are all in now; undisciplined kids, stressed accusatory parents and inexperienced aggressive 'performance' managers who often play the blame game on teachers and scapegoat us for the festering mess that is UK education today. When inexperienced managers and HODs treat their professional experienced staff like criminal incompetents, it's pretty obvious that THEY are the criminally incompetent, not us. Schools have become privatised and driven by dodgy results, sound bites, media flannel and aggressive bullying. Within five years, at least five in my borough are so awful that nobody wants to send their kids there. We have weak MPs and a joke of a DFE. The more senior you are as a teacher in schools, the more likely you'll, be kicked out, whereas the more senior you are as a school manager, the more likely it is that you will be secure in post, overpaid, move to more promotions...and behave unprofessionally. Oh, and write pompous articles for TES online which get zero comments but heighten your school's all important media presence. I'm afraid all this happened while the hardworking teachers were just working flat out and waiting for the kettle to boil. It's a national betrayal.
  8. 7eleven

    7eleven Senior commenter

    One of the best posts I’ve read on here @Mrsmumbles.
  9. overjoyed

    overjoyed New commenter

    I’ve just contacted my union regarding being put on a support programme. He said I just need to get on with it. I have been told my marking is not regular enough (588) books a week. And my lessons lack pace. I am gutted. Been teaching 22 years. I KNOW I’m a good teacher. Union says it doesn’t matter what I think ! Life is too short. I’m devastated but I’m never going back. Off sick as of today
  10. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Lead commenter

    My sympathies.

    588 books marked in a week, really? How?
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  11. Happyregardless

    Happyregardless Occasional commenter

    "I've been teaching for twenty years, but..."

    Should be changed to "I've been teaching for twenty years, SO.."
    because THIS is basically the only reason? - Seen so many people on 'workplace dilemmas' over the years share very similar situations and usually just because you have a certain number of years experience/more experience therefore more expensive
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  12. Happyregardless

    Happyregardless Occasional commenter

    spot on!
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  13. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Suggest you go in on the weekend and grab anything of yours that is still there, plus photocopy up LOADS to use in your next job, create resources, etc etc. So the idiots return on Monday t your Scorched Earth Desk. Maybe a little quotation, casually left on an otherwise blank pile of A4, from Martin Niemöller, which goes like this:

    First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    Me, personally? What did I leave on my desk? A roll of (unused, was hard to maintain self-control but I did it!) bog roll. Apparently it really confused, shocked and baffled Team Bully. Ha!
  14. FredfromFrance

    FredfromFrance New commenter

    Scorched Earth Desk policy- I love it!

    When I went through this usual nonsense I never got the chance to vindicate myself, now it feels like I'm being haunted by a ghost every day. I really want to clear my name and get justice, but there's no way of doing so.

    Short of going all 'Kill Bill' /challenging my old HT to a duel, how do I gain satisfaction?
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  15. FredfromFrance

    FredfromFrance New commenter

    Also, in addition to advice on exorcising ghosts of the past, is there a general consensus here of how to go about making oneself bullet proof from being another victim? Sometimes keeping your head down just doesn't cut it...
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  16. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Well I warn off a lot of prospective parents. I’m just glad that I’m out of there as the staff who stay on there are the real losers; their miserable lives are utterly controlled and exploited by a bunch of thick and evil bells. I haven’t slept so well in years. But definitely head over when the school is empty and grab ALL your files, copy any of their files you’d find useful in your new job, photocopy, photocopy, photocopy.....
  17. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    You can’t, sadly. Which is why I am now happily self employed and will retrain to acquire all manner of new ICT skills to future proof me for a better career. Screw ‘em.
  18. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Good luck on changing careers. 588 books, say 30 seconds to mark a book and that's 5 hours a week. Many books will take much longer so it's 5 hours minimum. Get out of teaching and get your life and self-respect back.
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  19. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Perhaps like many of the other greasy pole climbers s/he was confused on which end of the gastro-intestinal tract to use it on because a load of sh *te comes out both ends.
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  20. julieerdmann15101971

    julieerdmann15101971 New commenter

    Resign straight away. Go and do supply. Dont let these idiots that have little management experience bully you. There are so many jobs out there. Dont waste your energy on this school.

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