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Dear Clare - Should I inform governors?

Discussion in 'Governors' started by cocoabrown, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. I have resigned from a school where bullying and harassment are absolutely imbedded. The school is run by fear and constant threats of disciplinaries. Every term there is an exodus of staff, it is a four form entry and this term alone 10 members of staff have resigned, six of whom are teachers. My quandary is that the union claim that telling governors will mean that the head will conjure up a misconduct claim against me which although won't stick will be very damaging to my health and prospects. The head has even gone so far as to lie on a reference she provided an employer about me having child protection disciplinary sanctions against me (later claiming she was tired when she wrote the reference and it was an admin error). Whilst I really want governors to know about all this, I wonder if there is a point me contacting them as the sheer number of staff leaving every term, many of whom resign before securing work, should be enough to set alarm bells ringing. Surely they should be themselves investigating what is going on. I hope this is coherent as I feel it is very jumbled in my head. Regards.
     
  2. I have resigned from a school where bullying and harassment are absolutely imbedded. The school is run by fear and constant threats of disciplinaries. Every term there is an exodus of staff, it is a four form entry and this term alone 10 members of staff have resigned, six of whom are teachers. My quandary is that the union claim that telling governors will mean that the head will conjure up a misconduct claim against me which although won't stick will be very damaging to my health and prospects. The head has even gone so far as to lie on a reference she provided an employer about me having child protection disciplinary sanctions against me (later claiming she was tired when she wrote the reference and it was an admin error). Whilst I really want governors to know about all this, I wonder if there is a point me contacting them as the sheer number of staff leaving every term, many of whom resign before securing work, should be enough to set alarm bells ringing. Surely they should be themselves investigating what is going on. I hope this is coherent as I feel it is very jumbled in my head. Regards.
     
  3. The govs should be questioning the HT very closely as to why so many staff are leaving.

    If your HT is a bully and you need them as a reference, then you do still need to be careful.

    If you knew any of the govs, maybe you could tell them some stuff informally, so that they're not fooled by the HTs glib answers......
     
  4. You say 10 members of staff have resigned this term. Is that more or less than last term?
    Whats the termly average over the last 2 years?
    How many staff does the school employ in total?

    How long has the head been in post?

    Do the Staff Governors agree with you about the school being run by fear?
     
  5. Your school must have a whistleblowing policy. Might be worth considering once you have resigned, references have been sent and you have a new job.
     
  6. Thank you all for responding, the number of teachers to have left since July 2010 is 36 (9 retired). Have tried looking for the whistleblowing policy...it's as allusive as the governors details! surely tough the numbers speak for themselves and I shouldn't have to blow any whistles!!!
     
  7. If 36 staff left out of a total of 37, that would be very significant.

    If 36 left out of a total of 236 that would not be significant.

    How many people are employed at the school?
    What is the FTE (full time equivalency)?
    What is the FTE for those that left?
     
  8. If those numbers are correct - and I have no reason to doubt you - then it will be pretty obvious to anyone around the school that something is not right.

    Financially, there must be a lot of money being spent on recruitment and induction training.

    Presumably Head of Year and Subject Specialists have been changing regularly. Governors should be meeting some of these people on a cyclical basis.

    And parents will know about 3 teachers in one year.

    So I'd say the GB are aware of a problem. If they are not aware of it already, then they are not a very good GB.

    Not sure what else to say
     
  9. Parents are horrified and have complained regularly, they were told they had a right to A teacher in the class they did not have a right to say which one!!!

    Anyone in senior management has been there for years it is only teachers and support staff that change so regularly. COST is a nightmare as a lot end up going off with stress for weeks, due to the bullying, before leaving. It is a joke; which is why I am reluctant to write to governors. If they were going to act they don't need to wait for evidence from me! The numbers speak for themselves.
     
  10. The HT could explain away a lot of the absences. For instance if staff have moved for 'personal reasons' or for promotion (we provided excellent professional development...). Spin, but a lot of bad governors will fall for it hook line and sinker
     
  11. There is nothing to stop you writing to the governing body now that you have left, but the governors may question why you did not submit an official grievance when you were still employed at the school - although I accept that if staff feel intimidated they do not always feel able to raise grievances because they think this will make their personal circumstances worse. If the situation is as bad as you say I am curious as to why the official trade union representatives have not raised the matter with the governors. I also agree that if large numbers of staff are leaving then the governors ought to be aware and investigating without requiring a letter from you. An alternative form of action (depending on what type of school i.e. LA Maintained or Academy) could be to write to the local authority and/or diocese and set out your concerns - LAs can intervene in schools if they feel that leadership and management have broken down.
    Clare Collins
     
  12. As VC of Governors at a large comprehensive, I'd be interested to hear such issues from any member of staff. Might be best to have approached a Governor informally to sound out their feeling of the current situation re staffing in your school, and then take it to the Chair, if you felt you'd get a positive response. Most schools/governing bodies should have a whistleblowing policy. Better luck in your new school!
     

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