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Do other Music Teachers feel undervalued and under appreciated?

Discussion in 'Music' started by Rockmeamadeus, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. I'm 6.4 and my timetable is spread over four days, however one of the days I only teach the last lesson so can hav half a day off and one full day off as well. So not so bad there. In the state sector here schools are required to group part time teachers hours into sessions - there is a little give and take but broadly speaking my school manages this.
    They have also paid me for the hours I don't teach between a sceduled lunchtime activity and a teaching period, giving me some paid time to prepare the extra curricular. However, I only do three activities, two choirs and an orchestra and have refused to do more sessions - I teach .64 and so they get .64 extra -curricular. If i was full time (and had proportionally more prep time) I might do more.
    In the UK extra curricular activities are not currently contractual (no mater what a particular school puts in its contract - national terms and conditions prohibit teachers to be forced to additional activites that are effectively teaching). However, the new accadamies do not have to adopt pay and conditions, so watch out!
  2. Thanks everyone. I had a meeting with my boss yesterday, suggested some timetable changes and have managed to condense my timetable to give myself a day off.
    Next year from January, my hours will still be reduced to 0.5. I've had an assurance that this will be over three days, which means I can take on casual work if I want to.
    I'll just have to (nicely) point out the the Head, that there will obviously be a limit on what I can achieve in terms of concerts etc, in that time.
    Thanks again!

  3. FGD


    I do feel undervalued as a music teacher as my timetable this year has more Maths than music. We went through a redundancy process last academic year and they wanted to cut one of the two music teachers there. However, as we both said we could teach other subjects they kept us both on but I did not think my timetable would be as it is.

    I was taken off my A Level Music Tech course without any explanation why, I don't mind helping out other departments but of a 30 period timetable, only 9 of them are music. This does not fill me with confidence.

    Good to know that it's not just me that feels this way.
  4. Well, it is really saddening cause music is really necessary in schools but there are not enough budget for it. There are times I am thinking of just free lancing and look for students who would want to have private music classes. Oh well.
  5. I teach 6 hours of music as they only music specialist, I haven't had a GCSE group in 4 years but I have got one next year! Woo! Presure is on now though! I totally understand how everyone is feeling. I currently teach more Art, ICT and OSHE than Music, very depressing :-(
  6. casper

    casper New commenter

    Sad when the only communication is about end of term assembly. We are not plug ins.

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