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Capbility....again!

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by chocolateboxlife, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. chocolateboxlife

    chocolateboxlife New commenter

    My daughter - teacher for 10 years - received a letter informing her that she is to be placed on Stage 1 of the Capability Procedure . She is in shock. Apparently it is because of lower than expected A level results. Please can someone explain whether Stage 1 is the informal process or the start of the formal process.
     
  2. tonymars

    tonymars Established commenter

    Lower that expected A level results!:mad: Can they do this?
     
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  3. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Star commenter

    No idea which stage, look at her schools capability policy.

    However gobsmacked if that is the reason. Expected by who? Expectations based on what?
     
  4. chocolateboxlife

    chocolateboxlife New commenter

    Obviously they can do this for lower results as that was the stated reason in the letter. Presumably based on predicted grades and expected by SLT. But the letter did not mention "informal" and for obvious reasons she needs to know this before the meeting next week.
     
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  5. shevington

    shevington Occasional commenter

    Tell her to speak to her Union at the Regional Centre on Monday.
     
  6. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    I am sorry to hear that your daughter has been put in this situation, @chocolateboxlife. I think poor A level results is the excuse that the school is using; that she has been teaching for ten years, and is becoming expensive to employ, is more likely the reason.
     
  7. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    As said above, she needs to speak to her Union ASAP and get expert advice from them.

    If this were me, I'd spend a while thinking of all the reasons why they results might have been 'lower than expected'. Some of these might be (I'm sure this list isn't complete) and have them ready to counter the HT's "case" for Capability:

    • Incorrect 'expectations' created by...(whatever system was used?)
    • Timetable issues with the scheduling of lessons for this course;
    • Specific issues with any students who 'under-performed' (e.g. illness, family problems etc)
    • Course changes;
    • Lack of suitable resources...(Did the department get all the funding they identified as necessary?)
    • Lack of appropriate CPD for staff?

    And, on edit, has the school made any requests for remarking etc? If not, why not...
     
  8. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

    Read through the school’s policy regarding this matter.
     
  9. BioEm

    BioEm Occasional commenter

    Definitely tell her to get in contact with her union ASAP. They'll be the best place to advise her.
     
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  10. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Last edited: Sep 16, 2018
  11. chocolateboxlife

    chocolateboxlife New commenter

     
  12. chocolateboxlife

    chocolateboxlife New commenter

    Thank you for your helpful replies. She has been in contact with her Union . The school's policy appears to present Stage 1 as the start of the formal process but she has not had any informal process and observations last year were all good. There are and have been lots of issues at the school which I do not want to go into here and there are others (UPS) there in the same position as her! I spent my whole career in teaching and I despair at what is happening in Education. What more can be said.
     
  13. chocolateboxlife

    chocolateboxlife New commenter

    Yes - I read this but this is a union model and I also read that School's don't have to adhere to this model. I have been reading everything I can but it is not clear cut at all. I read on this thread that the Capability Process is only on your record for a year but I have found nothing that refers to this either.
     
  14. chocolateboxlife

    chocolateboxlife New commenter

    Thank you for your thoughtful response. She did spend yesterday doing this as there were Departmental issues last year which did impact on her teaching load. In retrospect she was under some stress but kept on working really hard and only had 2/3 days off. Ironically, if she had more time off with WRS(as others did) she would not have not have been targeted.
     
  15. Progressnerd

    Progressnerd Occasional commenter

    I have been involved in this process a couple of times and both times it started with a meeting with SLT then a letter detailing a 'support' plan of some sort which is otherwise known as informal capability.

    However schools can jump straight to formal and make out that they offered informal support at some stage - likely to be some spurious stuff like SLT popped their head in one time to a lesson but that will say 'a member of the SLT team supported with this group' or if you ever went to see someone teach it will say 'high quality teaching was shown to act as a support' you get the jist.

    I'd be surprised if results alone are what triggered this. In my experience it's you didn't jump through every single SLT hoop or you didn't mark a set of books for a month or something. Alternatively a few pupils who own the school have complained you picked on them.

    As others have said union at regional level.
     
  16. install

    install Star commenter

    These are the type of questions that might be worth considering:

    1 Were the targets missed?
    2 How did the same students perform.in other subjects? Did they hit their targets there?
    3 Does the school have 'Estimated' or 'Predicted Data' and 'Tracking data' they ask staff to fill in? Were these too high?
    4 Were the targets accurate? What gcse grades did the students get?.
    5 Has something dramatic changed? New Spec? Less Cwk?
    6 Was A Level support and direction provided by the Leader of the Course?.
    7 Were the students well below their targets? Were they a few mks away? Was there an Exam Mark Enquiry made?
    8 Were there other issues? Staff or student absence? Limited teaching time? Group size too big compared to other subjects in the school?
    9 Is this process 'normal' for the school?
    10 How is the current yr12 and yr13 group performing?

    I would look to leave asap if there is no support and just a blame culture developing. I would bring a Union rep to meetings -or a supportive colleague :cool:
     
  17. FollyFairy

    FollyFairy Occasional commenter

    Some of this resonates with me - I have just had to complete an exam analysis for my results, which were less than predicted, though not less than I had expected as for one year (before I started) students were taught by non-specialist T.A's and for two years, the students only had 2 lessons a week for a full GCSE... so there was no way they were going to achieve their predicted as they only were able to cover less than 50% of the course!

    So, yes, totally agree with all the advice given so far... I think they may want you out so maybe start considering a settlement agreement??
     
  18. install

    install Star commenter

    I wouldn't consider a settlement agreement just yet. I would start looking for an escape route though
     
  19. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    Union. Plus as others have said, prepare for the exam result debrief. Individual students outcome versus expected, any extraneous issues beyond your control.
    Look at the breakdown of answers on the exam board data breakdown, where did they not do very well and what strategies you have or plan to put in place to improve this outcome next year.
    10 years a teacher, still very young, probably enthusiastic and this is what happens I despair.
     
  20. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    There you have the real reason: money!
     

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