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Deputy Head workload

Discussion in 'Primary' started by jellytots100, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. Hi, I was wondering if there is anyone out there who could post details of their responsibilities as a deputy, or of those of the deputy in their school?

    Just info such as; do you teach full time, and if so, in which year group?

    What subjects or areas are you responsible for and what other duties are you expected to perform?

    Thanks for your help.
  2. cleggy1611

    cleggy1611 New commenter

    Hi. I was dht for 7 years and taught y5 and 6 full time.

    Additionally, responsibilities were:

    Assembly rota and topics

    Data coordinator including summarising raise online report for governors, preparing for inspection, updating cohort files, updating sections of sef, etc

    Literacy coordinator

    Break duties (usually 3 a week)

    Lunchtime hall duty (usually for the full lunchtime)

    History coordinator

    Music coordinator

    Residential every other year

    Deputising for ht when off for a term

    Attending any lunchtime meetings re progress

    Performance management of selected staff

    Student mentor

    Assertive mentoring lead

    It finished me. I no longer teach. Not because I hated it but because I just didn't have time to do it and maintain some sort of family life. It got worse and worse. In the end, all teaching staff had to highlight every area of the curriculum for every child to show coverage and progress.

    This probably isn't what you want to hear. It might be better in other schools.
  3. Thanks. It's what I thought I might hear, and is almost identical to what I am experiencing right now. I don't want to give it up, but can't sustain it for much longer.

    Any tips on managing workload/time management?
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I think you'll find teaching full-time and being a DH, standing in for Head as required etc., fairly standard in Primary.

    Larger schools may have a little more leeway for 'management' time. Years ago I taught at a 3 form entry school and the DH had one day off a week, but it's more usual to just have an afternoon - if you're lucky.
  5. spmills

    spmills New commenter

    That amount of time out seems very harsh for such a key leadership position within a school. I am beginning my first Deputy Headship in September and am teaching every morning across Y5/6. I have every afternoon out to fulfil my leadership responsibilities which include curriculum, child protection, assessment, CPD, whole school literacy and, of course, stepping up to replace the head when they are working for the trust.
  6. clawthorpegirl

    clawthorpegirl New commenter

    I'm DHT for 2 form entry primary. I teach equivalent 1 day week but am also SENCo, safeguarding, designated teacher, assessment lead, attendance lead etc- couldn't even try to fit all in with a class too! Local schools to me all seem to have non class based DHT.
  7. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    We don't have a DH so I'm the AH but my role encompasses

    teaching year 4/5/6 for 4 days a week ( half a day AH role, half a day supposedly PPA time but never actually used as such!)

    Additionally, responsibilities include

    Assembly rota and topics, two assemblies a week for me

    Data coordinator including summarising raise online report for governors, preparing for inspection, updating cohort files, updating sections of sef, calculating of whole school data such as percentile score tracking,

    Maths coordinator.

    RE co-ordinator

    curriculum co-ordinator

    Community cohesion/international schools

    Break duties (usually 2 a week) plius if anyone is absent, I cover at break/lunchtime

    Residential every year

    Deputising for ht when off site

    Performance management of TAs

    Student/NQT mentor

    safeguarding officer

    and probably a few other things too!!
  8. titus4t

    titus4t New commenter

    This is really interesting as my HT is trying to rewrite my job description for the new year.

    She wants me to:

    Teach yr 2/3 with 0.05 AHT time (I.5 hrs a week)


    English co-ordinator

    Teaching, Learning and Assessment co-ordinator - monitor the effectiveness of planning and teaching; Monitor standards of achievement

    Manage staff development - identify appropriate development issues through book scrutiny, planning scrutiny and lesson observation

    Monitor the contribution and impact of other staff groups to school improvement (TAs?)

    Guide staff in the provision of and monitor Effective Learning Environments

    Formulate new School Improvement plans and associated budget requirements

    Monitor standards of behaviour and further develop positive attitudes to learning


    Share responsibility for pastoral care and welfare of staff

    Data analysis, identify school improvement issues key reports to governors, SEF

    Monitor and resource the whole curriculum

    Share PTA liaison with the HT

    Performance Management for teachers and support staff

    Rotas and timetables

    Deployment of staff

    Lead collective worship

    Enhance the school environment ensuring that it is clean and tidy

    Break duty and lunch duties as required

    and any other duties that could reasonable be delegated.

    I work in a smallish school and am on L5 (the top of my scale)

    I'm speaking to my union
  9. ShadowMan

    ShadowMan New commenter

    Ha! Just one and a half days left for me in my DH role!

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