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Class taken off me - feel demoted

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Tala2357, Oct 4, 2020.

  1. Tala2357

    Tala2357 New commenter

    I am in shock as made the mistake of checking my work emails before bed to find that a GCSE class that had been observed last week has been taken off me (it was their first lesson with me after a two week isolation plus I am not their main teacher who has had them since year 7). Bearing in mind, it is only 3rd October, it looks like the observer really did not like the lack of work in their books. I am really upset as I spent most of last week, phoning parents after work just to talk to them about how we could work together and I put a lot of extra effort into this group. I am really worried about what is going on in my school as the person I was sharing classes with only lasted a week and was told to go because they were too soft for the students (apparently!). I have been told that once a week, I can act as a TA and support an NQT instead. I am really upset. Any tips or advice?
  2. SCAW12

    SCAW12 Occasional commenter

    1 Don't read your emails before bed or even in the evenings, if you want downtime/to sleep well.
    2 Ask for a meeting to discuss the details.
    3 Look for another job, the place sounds toxic.
  3. Corvuscorax20

    Corvuscorax20 Star commenter

    leave. Why put up with being treated like that? How could it possibly be in the children's best interests to disrupt their timetable and their relationships with teachers? Either you are truly unteaching them ( and you would know) or that is a manager with no children and no understanding of children. We have one of those, and I am leaving.

    We have a management who has decided that autumn 2020 is the best time for all tutor groups to be shaken up, swap tutors and rejig the class composition. Presumably because with the whole world so stable and predictable currently, and school so stress free for everybody, that this is the time students are best placed to meet such disruption with resilience.

    Needless to say, these managers are not parents, and have no real idea of what the school experience is like from the child's point of view.
  4. madcatlady

    madcatlady Occasional commenter

    Agree with other poster, that sounds toxic. No idea why you would be told that sort of thing by email. Wow, aren't people rude?

    Personally I would try to leave them to it and not waste my energy arguing. But how annoying. Try not to worry. Put your energy into the rest of your classes.
  5. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    Good advice!
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  6. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Agree with all above posters. I don't think I'd waste my time fighting it. Put your energy into doing your very best with your other classes while job hunting at the same time. There are far more supportive schools out there. Good luck.
    agathamorse, phlogiston and steely1 like this.
  7. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    There's not much comfort to give, because you know how hard you have worked, how much you care, and how rigorously you have been trained.
    I don't need to repeat those things, but I will anyway, because you are in danger of forgetting-you are the expert.
    You have the bad luck to work under a management who use irrelevant and self aggrandising criteria to judge what you are doing. They certainly are not looking at your abilities, are they? Rather than consult you about what on the face of things is unacceptable to them, they have swapped you for a lesser expert, who is far more likely to run a hamster wheel in order to get stuff into their books regardless of how well they know those kids. Bullies. Cowards. Suited Fools.

    If I were simmering about it, I'd take twenty minutes out of my Sunday and I'd make a grid of parental contact-who you phoned, when,summary of what you discussed. and then a final column-"Expected follow up call"
    And in that column I would pepper the grid with parental needs for calling back-what time they are home, when they are too busy, precise day they need to be phoned. If they did not stipulate a day to you, put one in anyway. O, and ooops, I would fail to put their phone numbers on the grid.
    Give this grid to your managers, and tell them "Here. These parents are expecting a call back from the school. Regarding Year 11 performance . And future results. I am sure you will be happy to make these calls. I am not sure if "name the NQT" is best placed to do these calls as the parents have lots of questions about "name something you are good at" .

    And thereafter, every time I passed this manager, I would say to them "have you phoned such and such yet?" Or "Mrs bla bla was quite annoyed, no?".
    Do your job well according to what you are now given.
    But also haunt them.
    This is not petty mindedness-it is a real reminder to yourself that you are in many things better than them when it comes to knowing your classes. Your post reveals this as your most pressing need at the moment.
    Well done for caring.
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  8. 1cherries

    1cherries New commenter

    Spineless, undermining, condescending...............(add your epithet).
    VeronicAmb and agathamorse like this.
  9. catslovelycats

    catslovelycats New commenter

    Happens to me nearly every year. And I always lose the top set, get promised one the next year and it’s taken off me again. Happened all 4 years I’ve been timetabled with one - have been at my school for 6 years.angered and upset me first time. Now I’m used to my timetable ‘changing’ and have decided it at least reduces the pressure to get top grades. If it had bothered me I would have left by now because of it.
  10. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    So a class that is shared between two staff (one who has been with them since year 7 and is the main teacher and one new) will now have just the one main teacher. Seems a sensible timetable move to be honest, though sending an email on a Saturday is a bit of an odd way to go about it.

    But then again the person you share classes (plural) with has been told to go as they were too soft (appalling that this is common knowledge in the school) which implies that the teacher who has had the class since year 7 has now gone. It also means that there will be lots of timetable changes.

    Moving classes around is fairly normal and with all the remote learning, in school learning, blended learning going on, it isn't that surprising that things will change.

    Tips and advice
    Find out what is really happening, don't rely on your panic based thoughts.
    Speak to your HOD/mentor and get their take on it all.
    Remember things may not be as sinister as they seem.
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  11. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    It's a bit rough. I would be more than somewhat annoyed if it happened to me.
    There is lots of good advice above. I would start planning a dignified move to a more supportive school. Do not though do anything too precipitate or let your short term emotions lead you down an unproductive career path. There may be worse schools to work in!
    Think about what your ideal job would look like. Match it up to what you have at the moment. When you look at other jobs, try to asses whether it will be a better fit or not.
    In the short term, remember that you're going there to teach the classes you are assigned and in return for that they pay you to enjoy the rest of life.
    Another day, another dollar.
  12. Newidentity

    Newidentity Occasional commenter

    Work on your escape plan. It won't get any better where you are.
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  13. thejudgesscoresarein

    thejudgesscoresarein Established commenter

    Do you know why the group was taken from you? Have you asked for feedback from the observation? Might not be anything negative on your part... your HoD might have just re-allocated the class to another teacher who doesn’t have that many contact periods..... I would certainly ask though.
  14. fartyowls

    fartyowls New commenter

    Over the past few years I have realised that teachers are terrible communicators.

    You are rightfully upset and it is partly because it was done without you being told properly. Regardless of any reason the school should seriously look at how it communicates.
    Alice K and phlogiston like this.
  15. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Absolutely. There might be a very good reason for it, and you need to find out. They should not have told you in an email at that time, though.
  16. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    Don't. Check. Work. Emails. At. Weekends!
  17. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Few managers are teachers. Or if they were it was a stepping stone to a nice quiet office via two reluctant years in the classroom.
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  18. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I had the GCSE course I was in charge of cancelled by the HT. I wasn't the only one, but I was the only one who had no other GCSE courses running. I was told this in a brief meeting in the HT's office with no advance agenda, a couple of days before we broke up for Christmas. A friendly deputy had tipped me off beforehand, so I wasn't completely unprepared. My course was to be replaced by The Diploma (remember that short-lived tripe?) which I wanted nothing to do with.

    I returned in September as the head of the school's specialist subject with no KS4 GCSE course running, sitting in head of subject meetings with nothing to say. I put up with this silliness for a month then handed my notice in. Best career move I ever made.
  19. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    In the mid-Nineties, I worked in a school, which taught GNVQ Health and Social Care, in the 6th form. I got involved in this, which took up about a third of my timetable. We ran Intermediate (GCSE level) and Advanced level courses for three years quite successfully, with students going off to Universities and into nurse training. Suddenly, a couple of weeks into the Autumn term of what would have been our fourth year, the Head decided she no longer wanted the school to do GNVQ courses, and closed us down, all on one Thursday afternoon. The Head delegated to us the task of telling the students in both groups not to come to school the next day, and that they had been effectively expelled! We did a lot of phoning around to other schools and colleges, trying to find places for our students. The students, and their parents, made a stink over this, which the poor Head of Sixth Form studies had to weather. Those of us who had taught GNVQ had the holes in our timetables filled up with odd and sods for the rest of the year.

    Not long afterward, it was announced that the school would become a Language College, so we assumed that we had been dumped to make room for this.
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  20. install

    install Star commenter

    Ignore it. You have done nothing wrong. These are unprecedented times and no one knows which way this will go. Many schools are not doing Yr11 Performance Management Targets this year either. For all you know the group might complain about the new teacher and in losing you. But stay well away.

    So don’t offer to support the group and do not accept a TA or NQT role. Simply accept the handover. You have done nothing wrong. And don’t let the group think less of you by taking on those type of roles.

    If they end up doing well claim credit for it as you had them for so long. If they do badly make it known they shouldn’t have been take off you.

    In the meantime go for it with your other groups. Get them to give you feedback on your lessons . Eg Three things they like and one thing they would like help with. Keep the student voice feedback - especially the good stuff and have it handy in bundles. So should anyone suggest you are not good enough you can then produce evidence to the contrary.

    Keep positive.And don’t let bullies get you down or take away your love of teaching .
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