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Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by NoIdeaWhy2, May 1, 2012.

  1. NoIdeaWhy2

    NoIdeaWhy2 New commenter

    I understand that it's common nature for some people to get on better than others but what about when it's favouritism in the workplace? For a while now it's become pretty clear that a colleague and their TA are the head's favourites. In quite a few cases the TA's word has been taken over several teachers version of things, teacher has not been pulled up for things other teachers have, etc. As I work in a small primary school there is no getting away from it and no SMT to discuss it with! As I'm typing this I know it sounds petty but after a while it just gets to you...
     
  2. NoIdeaWhy2

    NoIdeaWhy2 New commenter

    I understand that it's common nature for some people to get on better than others but what about when it's favouritism in the workplace? For a while now it's become pretty clear that a colleague and their TA are the head's favourites. In quite a few cases the TA's word has been taken over several teachers version of things, teacher has not been pulled up for things other teachers have, etc. As I work in a small primary school there is no getting away from it and no SMT to discuss it with! As I'm typing this I know it sounds petty but after a while it just gets to you...
     
  3. leadlearner

    leadlearner New commenter

    Good leaders shouldn't have favourites and should be fair and just. However I have observed this too and in one school I taught at the very obvious preferences of the Head who socialised with some Hods and not others out of school, and these people often got onto Smt and had other perks - which felt disheartening for those of us who thought we were working v hard and were not being appreciated. My only advice would be to state things factually - ie if another person hasn't done x or has gained an advantage. I would be factual and not use the word 'favourite'. So explaining that you find it odd tht the Head of English has six more frees than you. It might be there are reasons... In my case the very obvious favouritism lead to me moving to another better school. We do get on better with some people than others but now I try to be very fair myself and explain why if somebody seems to be getting a better deal. All best.
     
  4. It is not petty. I worked in a school that was all about this. The school went down hill rapiidly. At a time when schools are subject to constant objective scrutiny, it caused very weak leadership and poor discipline. The new government proposal to reward better teachers with more pay does not take into account the petty politics of favouritism that goes on in some schools. I had to show my exam results to SMT and regularly beg them to see that they were not the results they wished to blame me for. The person responsible was not held accountable. They were too busy becoming great friends with everybody important. That was good enough for them, they did not need to work on improving their tedious exam results. But it is not good enough to work with in the end. If you find yourself in this position, get out in a hurry.
     
  5. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    Misinterpretation.
    It is to give "poorer" teachers less pay.
     
  6. Diddysan

    Diddysan New commenter

    Po-TAY-to/Po-TAH-to
     
  7. Po-to -you- too. -but, can we talk about favouritism pleease!!
     
  8. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    Not in the least. One implies an enhanced pay structure for better performing teachers. The other implies a reduced pay structure for underperforming teachers.
    Bearing in mind that we are discussing a government making proposals in a time of financial hardship, which route do you think they will take?

     
  9. But didn't the education select committee today recommend more pay for outstanding teachers? The media reported it as less pay for bad teachers.
    In terms of bringing the discussion back to favouritism then yes giving more discretion to HTs (for pay say) will be a disaster where they ahve favourites, but then again such HTs seem to have a relatively free hand as it is, so maybe it will not make much real difference. These loose canonball HTs usually get their bad karma later.
     

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