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DT Teachers....Subject Specialist TLR??

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by DTTextiles88, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. DTTextiles88

    DTTextiles88 New commenter

    I am the only Textiles teacher in a DT department. I was an NQT last year, and am now in my second year of teaching. (The textiles lessons and GCSE course was previously being run/taught by 4 part timers, and to be honest, was in quite a mess). I have redesigned all of the schemes of work, improved the classroom, and the improvement in skills is evident.

    The head and second in department both teach RM and Graphics as their first/second subjects. It is a very RM heavy department, but they say they are keen to have Textiles in the department.

    My first appraisal is approaching, and I feel like I should push for a TLR for subject leader. Is this the norm in other DT departments, or am I asking a lot?
    Thanks in advance for your advice.
  2. Ex-teacher

    Ex-teacher New commenter

    There was a time when my department had a Hod, and 2nd in Dept, teacher-in-charge of textiles, and graphics, and then a ks3 co-ordinator (me) all with tlrs. The Hod and 2nd left, and weren't replaced. The textiles teacher had her point removed.

    That left little ol' me doing a job I didn't want, hadn't applied for, and hadn't even been offered.

    7 years later this, and the new gcse specs made me get out.

    Not sure how this would all work with the new specs in your case. If you do push for a tlr make sure you know where you want textiles to go and how you'd get there. If it's like my old place, they expect you to do the work for years before they recognise what you have been doing, and then offer you a tlr to do more...
  3. Lindy0070

    Lindy0070 New commenter

    Those days are long gone!!! It might be different for you but it is very unlikely you will get a tlr fir being head of a subject. I never did!!!
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    TLRs are generally paid to those who have responsibility for the performance of other members of staff and are set up in the pay/staffing structure of the school. The school would have to consult governors and the like on changing the pay structure to give you a TLR (it's not going to happen any day soon!) and you don't manage any other staff.

    From what you have posted, you have done your job very well and should most definitely be applauded in your appraisal, but there is nothing to suggest you should have a TLR. Sorry.

    You could ask about moving two points up the pay scale rather than one to recognise you have done more than could be reasonable expected of an NQT/RQT? And you could certainly ask about a TLR, but it is very, very, very unlikely.

    However, all you have posted demonstrates an excellent attitude to work and will look amazing on any application in the future, should you want to move to a school with more textile teachers and so the chance of a TLR as HOD.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  5. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I agree there's probably little chance of a TLR just to have responsibility for 'one section of a department and you're only just out of your NQT year. Plenty of time for extra responsibility 9and therefore workload) later. ;)
  6. gigaswitch1

    gigaswitch1 Occasional commenter

    God in my dreams. I am responsible for A- Level and GCSE and I have never even thought about a TLR for it. The way my school is, I am luck to go up the spine every year.
  7. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Sorry @shellscript , liked the post as it it made me chuckle, not that I actually like the situation!
    shellscript and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  8. gigaswitch1

    gigaswitch1 Occasional commenter

    Hey, I chuckle every year. If you didn't chuckle you would run off crying ha ha.

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