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Classroom changed without consent.

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by rebeccaQPR, Oct 25, 2017.

  1. rebeccaQPR

    rebeccaQPR New commenter

    I've just received word that the headteacher has moved my classroom around during half term and gone through all my cupboards and filing.

    Is this normal practice?
  2. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    'Normal', no...'Unheard of'...I doubt it!
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  3. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Not sure it's normal but hang on a moment!

    You "received word"? From whom? Who has been sheet-stirring?

    Maybe something has gone missing. Maybe there are mice. Maybe it just didn't happen. Maybe there was a water leak. Don't panic, Mr Mainwaring!
  4. rebeccaQPR

    rebeccaQPR New commenter

    No sheet stiring it was from the horses mouth.
  5. Tinycat1234

    Tinycat1234 Established commenter

    So the Head contacted you in half term to tell you she’s moved your classroom around and has been through your filing system?
  6. rebeccaQPR

    rebeccaQPR New commenter

  7. smurphy6

    smurphy6 Occasional commenter

    What reason did she give? In 20+ years of teaching I've never known a HT do this. Just your room or others as well. More context needed please.
    thekillers and Tinycat1234 like this.
  8. rebeccaQPR

    rebeccaQPR New commenter

    No reason given. She was putting one table back at the back of my room and it then turned into an email about how my cupboards and filing is being used. My main question was whether it was normal for a head to go in and more tables to how they want and also go through cupboards that aren't used by the children and only by myself.
  9. smurphy6

    smurphy6 Occasional commenter

    If my HT did this I would be annoyed. At the very least if she has a query she should have waited to see you face to face. It does nothing for employer/employee relations.

    It's your workspace, set out in a way that works for you not her. Other staff have their rooms set up in a way I wouldn't use e.g. Horseshoe shape tables, if it works for them that's fine but I prefer another set up.

    Going in cupboards is not a good sign either. Is she controlling and a micromanager? That's the thought that comes to my mind.

    Plus the email coming in the holidays. That is very bad form in my opinion.
    alexanderosman, thekillers and CWadd like this.
  10. CWadd

    CWadd Senior commenter

    She clearly must have too much time on her hands if she goes in during half term and faffs with someone else's space.
  11. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Putting a table back in your classroom sounds like doing you a favour.
    Moving furniture to make it fit easily also sounds like a good thing.
    If your cupboards and filing were noticeably in need of attention, they could well have thought they were helping you out by having a sort.

    Not sure I'd be pleased about it, but I probably wouldn't freak out either.
    Nip in tomorrow and see what's what and then decide what to do.

    And stop reading work emails in the holidays!
    nomad, digoryvenn, wanet and 2 others like this.
  12. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    Obviously not normal, but if your room/cupboard/whatever was a mess, I can understand her having a bit of a tidy...

    (But then, it has been remarked upon that I'm a bit obsessive about tidiness.)

    Look on the bright side, it might look better...
  13. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Established commenter

    Think yourself lucky that you are not a victim of the 5s regime which was applied to an industry I worked at. Managers opened personal lockers and turfed out anything not related to work. My cupboards were emptied into a skip by workers under orders from a different department. Anything not used in the last 3 months was quarantined, then binned, including essential spares that had a two week lead time. Everything left was cleaned, catalogued, labelled and given a designated home. Whoa betide anyone not putting things back where they belonged. Desk drawers were inspected for conformity after we went home.
    thekillers, asdangel and emerald52 like this.
  14. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    Sounds like my kind of place...!
  15. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Would they come and sort out various cupboards and drawers in my house do you think? :)

    I KNEW working for/with you wouldn't be as perfect as it often seems! :p
    digoryvenn, emerald52 and Pomz like this.
  16. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    Lol. Nothing wrong with a good tidy-up...!
  17. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    I wonder if this HT would come round and have a look at my garage.

    To be honest, I'm scared to go out there...
  18. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    I'm conflicted here!
    galerider123 likes this.
  19. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I thought that when I typed it, but...

    The OP has read this email, so now needs to deal with the stress it has caused. Easiest way is to nip in and see what's what and move things back again if they want. Job done.
    The OP needs to stop reading emails in the holidays to prevent possible further worry and stress.

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  20. Tinycat1234

    Tinycat1234 Established commenter

    So she’s not necessarily criticising you? Seems odd and certainly not usual but then I don’t know how your class room and filing system were... I’ve never heard of anyone going through somebody else’s cupboards, Head or not.

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