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Extra free to do Role?

Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by mrandmrsscience, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. mrandmrsscience

    mrandmrsscience New commenter

    I recently became a HOD at a new school (September) and suddenly realised I only get one extra free so to this role. And I’m really finding it hard. I never expected so little time and I have been told this is normal. At my old school HoDs has a much lighter timetable. To top it off my one extra ‘free’ is a fixed meeting and I lose another free for another meeting so I’m actually on less non contact time than a normal teacher. Is this typical?!
  2. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    I don't think this is normal - there's another thread about this on the forum. I used to get two extra frees when I was Second in Department!

    By the way, if one of those 'frees' on your timetable is designated as PPA then they can't schedule a meeting in it; speak to your union rep about it, but I'm 99% sure that your school cannot direct what you do in your PPA time and therefore cannot direct you to attend a meeting. [I'm assuming you're in a state school - if not then ignore that...]
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  3. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    You're probably already impaled on the hook but...…

    Can you use the social and networking skills, that were part of the reason you got the job, to make the job more bearable?

    I can make supply bearable by hustling with as many organ grinders as I can (also ignoring the monkeys). You're way ahead of me in that you already know these in your school. All political skills and nothing to do with teaching but vital for your work/life balance.
  4. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Check out what HoDs in similar departments get. Perhaps ask how they manage.

    One possibility might be to ask for some occasional one-off non-contact time, perhaps when there's something particular needs doing.
  5. ipswichlatebus

    ipswichlatebus New commenter

    I get no extra time todo my hod role
  6. install

    install Star commenter

    Is it consistent with other hods at the school? Do you have access to their timetables so you can see what they do?
  7. MissGeorgi

    MissGeorgi Occasional commenter

    My first HOD role had one hour extra to do HOD stuff. The HT apologised at interview that she “couldn’t give us any more”- so I assume that wasn’t standard. That was a truly dire straits school.
  8. 576

    576 Established commenter

    I don't understand why people will ask about money prior to taking on a position yet so many don't clarify the time allocated to it.
  9. mrandmrsscience

    mrandmrsscience New commenter

    I didn’t ask about money or time as if you do that most places will just discount you as being rude and lazy!
  10. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    No they won't. It's a perfectly normal and rational thing to ask.
    JohnJCazorla likes this.
  11. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Star commenter

    No, you are a professional. As such you cannot be expected to accept a position before you know the terms and conditions.

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