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Dodgy employment practice? What do you think

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by BrainJim, May 21, 2011.

  1. A friend of mine is a teacher in a nearby school. New head appointed (hasn't started yet). She asks SENCO if she thinks school needs 'more support'. SENCO says yes. Head just happens to know someone who is a special needs teaching assistant and can work three days a week. New head hasn't even sat down with bursar/old head to look at budget. TA coming to look round next week.
    What do you think?
  2. R13

    R13 Occasional commenter

    The Head might have read OFSTED or other reports / data / reviews which suggests that SEN support is an area of need. The may have perused the budget (These are public documents anyone can find on the LA website) and is surprised to find a smaller number of support staff than the budget indicates. . . . . in other words there may be a good educational reason for the assumption of need.
    The Head then asked the person best placed with a view about support levels and the person says 'yes' more is needed.
    Nextng you know a potentially very good person 'looks around' - which is rather than different from 'gets employed on a permanent basis without competitive interviews'
    Wind your neck in and give the new person a chance . . . someone might be joining the school who will greatly help the staff and children

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