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Cliques in the Primary School (staff, not pupils!)

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Franjapani, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Just a geniune question, if you are a teacher/support teacher/non-teaching member of staff at a school, please feel free to give your perspective on these questions.
    Q. Have you ever worked in a situation whereby cliques ('friendship/work groups') have formed? What is your experience of this?
    Q. Why do you think that these cliques form? Do you think it is slightly ironic when as school staff we should ideally be taking a 'whole-school-approach' to promote equality and friendship accross differing groups of pupils, when in some situations, many find it difficult to achieve a similar effect accross differing work roles, such as TAs and teachers?
    Thoughts please, and thank-you for your time in reading this post :D

     
  2. Just a geniune question, if you are a teacher/support teacher/non-teaching member of staff at a school, please feel free to give your perspective on these questions.
    Q. Have you ever worked in a situation whereby cliques ('friendship/work groups') have formed? What is your experience of this?
    Q. Why do you think that these cliques form? Do you think it is slightly ironic when as school staff we should ideally be taking a 'whole-school-approach' to promote equality and friendship accross differing groups of pupils, when in some situations, many find it difficult to achieve a similar effect accross differing work roles, such as TAs and teachers?
    Thoughts please, and thank-you for your time in reading this post :D

     
  3. I think there are cliques at every school. Sometimes I resent them a bit - like when certain people can be sloppy and they're untouchable because they're friendly with SMT - but it's nice to be in a clique yourself. I'm in the clique of young 'uns who go for a few too many Chardonnays on a Friday and am pretty sure this is the best clique going [​IMG]
     
  4. SAM1CH

    SAM1CH New commenter

    There will be cliques in all walks of life but especially in the staffroom. I'm in the best one of all with all the best people... just me by myself. I can't get into any bother that way, but somehow bother tags along anyway.
     
  5. lardylegs

    lardylegs Occasional commenter


    <u>Bible Bashers</u>
     
  6. Yes there are cliques in my school and probably in every workplace in the country. What I see strange is how the membership of these cliques changes.
    We aren't divided by SMT, TA or teacher though. Some staff are friendly with SMT including Head and socialise accordingly on weekend; others are not.
    Membership of some cliques in my place of work are reliant on what you can do for the other members, rather than for who you are.
    For me, I don't care. It is my place of work and there are people there I love dearly and would walk on hot coals for. There are others who I just work with and have no actual feelings for. There is no one I can say I wouldn't be civil with, help or work with.
     
  7. On the PGCE, I was perturbed how many Christians there were! Not that there's anything wrong with Christians (unless they're in the Santorum set) but it just seemed that there were LOOOADS of them doing it!
    My school's cliques are also not divided SMT/teachers/TAs, which I think is pretty nice. [​IMG]
     
  8. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Hmmm you sound like you are me!
     
  9. In my previous school their was a clique that used to whisper in corners and hide the fact that they would be going out and doing things and although I would not have wanted to be in that clique it really bothered me that they hid it! A friend and I at the school used to talk about what we would be doing openly and this really seemed to bother the little clique! It used to make me smile when I then saw these staff trying to teach children about friendship, as they had a lot to learn themselves!

    At my current school their are no cliques and people seem to chat openly and give open invitations to things outside of school. Although I like to keep myself to myself at school it's nice to be invited and openly chat to others and have a laugh in the staff room with everyone!
     
  10. clear_air

    clear_air New commenter

    I know it's not part of the OP, but why one earth would this peturb you??
    And no, I've never been really aware of cliques at work. Maybe this is because I see it as my place of work, am busy most of the day, and expect people to be as friendly and professional towards me as I am to them. I have no time for playground behaviour in aults.
     
  11. Well, cos I knew none as an undergraduate. Then there were LOADS on the PGCE. Thought it was weird.
     
  12. clear_air

    clear_air New commenter

    But why would it be weird? Am curious.
     
  13. ...Cos I knew none. Then I knew loads. Apparently they love sport, too: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/andrewbrown/2012/mar/19/fabrice-muamba-football-prayer-natural
     
  14. clear_air

    clear_air New commenter

    Heh heh! I can confirm that we love chocolate too.
     
  15. There is a clique at the school I work in. I felt quite hurt when I was excluded from their social activities after being "in" with them at first. Then I was invited out with them again, it was all very "oh don't invite so and so" and I've removed myself from their clutches! I would like to add that I was already miserable about some other things when they excluded me, and I might not have invited me at the time!
     
  16. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    I honestly think that in a fairly large school, we have about 70 staff all told, there are bound to be some people you get on with more than others. And of course some people who like you and some who think you are a total nuisance. This isn't a bad thing, but totally normal.

    People going out to the pub or similar as a group of friends, shouldn't really upset those not invited.
     
  17. taj

    taj

    Our SLT are a clique by themselves.
     
  18. That is sort of what I was getting at in the question. It's blatant irony having adults display this 'playground behaviour' when we should be the ones helping children to develop secure relationships with all of their peers (in an ideal world, she says to herself)
     
  19. I found that in primary schools where KS1 and KS2 have seperate breaks, assembly's etc. then there is a natural tendency for those two groups of staff to virtually, ignore each other. I try my hardest not to get drawn into the moaning, bitching, whinging etc. (usually about SLT or other KS) because it makes me miserable just listening to it!

     

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