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Expectations as a secondary inner city school Head of Year

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by BuryFCA1, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. BuryFCA1

    BuryFCA1 New commenter

    I have been covering as a head of year recently due to an illness and the original head of year's return is due anytime. The pupils in the year are moaning about the return of the new HoY and saying that they all prefer me and like me and that they want to start a petition and keep me. In an inner city school I cant quite work out if this is a good or bad thing.
    On one hand it is good that the kids like me and feel safe with me if you interpret it this way or can it be interpreted as a bad thing in the fact that maybe they dont see me as a strict disciplinarian possibly like the returning HoY. Some people might say I let them get away with things when clearly this is not true. I cant work out how to take it! Help please?
     
  2. BuryFCA1

    BuryFCA1 New commenter

    I have been covering as a head of year recently due to an illness and the original head of year's return is due anytime. The pupils in the year are moaning about the return of the new HoY and saying that they all prefer me and like me and that they want to start a petition and keep me. In an inner city school I cant quite work out if this is a good or bad thing.
    On one hand it is good that the kids like me and feel safe with me if you interpret it this way or can it be interpreted as a bad thing in the fact that maybe they dont see me as a strict disciplinarian possibly like the returning HoY. Some people might say I let them get away with things when clearly this is not true. I cant work out how to take it! Help please?
     
  3. Firstly, well done on what has clearly been a successful temporary position. How long have you been covering?
    However, be very careful to do nothing and to be seen to do nothing to encourage the sense 'that they all prefer me and like me' as that could be constituted as unprofessional.
    Without knowing you and your colleague personally, it could be a range of things influencing the childrens' POV:
    -maybe they have had the HOY for a long term and so s/he has needed to discipline them, refer to social services, involve EWO and generally been a bad cop - have they seen more of the fun side to you?
    -maybe as a first time HOY (am assuming) you've been more leniant?
    -maybe the other HoY is just an old bag and they hate her/him!
    Only you know how strict and consistent you've been and in the long term, it is these two qualities that inner city children tend to thrive on, in my experience.
    Hope that helps and doesn't sound too critical - can only talk from my experience

     

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