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floating teacher

Discussion in 'Personal' started by mancminx, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. mancminx

    mancminx New commenter

    Would you become one of these? Advantages and disadvantages please. Thanks
  2. mancminx

    mancminx New commenter

    Would you become one of these? Advantages and disadvantages please. Thanks
  3. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    Lightweight! [​IMG]

    ROSIEGIRL Lead commenter

    Don't forget that what one teacher sees as an advantage, another will see as a disadvantage.
    Primary or Secondary?
    I can only speak for primary -not a floating teacher but a PPA coverer.
    • less responsibility for assessment than class teacher
    • less of a relationship with the children - you miss out on the 'bonding' and fun bits
    • you also miss out on a considerable amount of paperwork
    • maybe less choice in what you do (but maybe more!)
    • get to know lots of children across the school
    • great experience in different year groups
    • need to be able to think on your feet and respond to last minute change
    Those are my quick first thoughts. It depends on how it's set up and on what you like most and least about teaching. I've done the classteacher bit for years so I don't miss it much, but some people do.

  5. marymoocow

    marymoocow Star commenter

    don't have responsibility for a classroom and all that entails such as displays, assessments, resources etc. I did it for a term and found I was able to leave school a lot earlier
    if you have an awful class, you havent got them fulltime.
    Security- it will be the first job to go if redundancies occur.
    Depending on school, may feel a bit like a less important teacher.
    Behaviour can be harder and kids more likely to play you up.

  6. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    ROSIEGIRL & marymoocow pretty well summed it up. There are advantages & disadvantages in nearly equal measure and a lot depends on your own personality. One difficulty you may experience is trying to keep to the 'normal teacher's routines, as these will differ from classroom to classroom.
  7. mancminx

    mancminx New commenter

    Thanks for the replies.
    Due to a change in staffing, ive been informed that from January that will be my position-PPA and management time cover. I can see both the advantages and disadvantages, Im more concerned with job security.
    I can't say im looking forward to it, but the decision is out of my hands.
    Fingers crossed it works out ok.
    Thanks again for all the replies.

  8. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Like supply but in the same school. I could see some advantages in that, provided I was paid as a teacher. The variety might appeal if you've been doing the same basic job for a long time.

    ROSIEGIRL Lead commenter

    Make the most of the good stuff and be aware of the drawbacks.
    Don't get dumped on in terms of what subject areas you do - some teachers will try and off load the bits they don't want to do (RE and Music!). It's much better to have your own topic to plan and resource - with separate books so you don't get sucked into a situation where you <u>have</u> to mark 3 sets of books every day because the class teachers need them for the next morning!
    I've been doing it for a couple of years now and I'm quite happy with it, though I am towards the end of my career so not worried about promotion.
    (Feel free to inbox me if I can help)
    Good luck!
  10. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Id love to be able to float..just think can travel far without cost lol
    In a school you do need adapability and an ability to be able to change like a chemeleon? The danger comes when your expected to mark all the work you taught and you might be in several classes.It then becomnes a right pain in the rear...as I have done on supply.
    However it offers a wide scope of teaching and learning opportunities if you care to take it,and a good way to get a feel of teaching and learning going on in othe parts of the school.
  11. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    For a very brief period some schools actually used to advertise for 'floating' teachers in Secondary and I was waiting for schools in my area to follow suit. It never happened.
    It would be my ideal as I'd have a regular income, regular pension input and less of the aspects of teaching that I dislike.
    There'd be more of a work/life balance than with a set teaching role.
    The downside in Secondary is that a teacher could go off on long-term sick leave/maternity leave and you end up being slotted into all the demands of their subject, irrespective of your specialism.
    I don't think job security would be such an issue if you've been at the school for longer than some other staff. Making a longer-serving teacher redundant costs more.
    I have a theory that pupils see certain (even unqualified) staff around school all the time and assume that they must all be senior staff. They come to that conclusion because they know that Heads and Deputies have nil or very small teaching loads. As a floating teacher, you could masquerade as a promoted teacher with extra status in pupils' eyes and less hassle from them when you cover for their usual teacher.
  12. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    You'll get to know all / many of the children in the school and this is great. Children are really impressed that you know / can tell off so many children by name. Behaviour management is harder than with your "own" class but you learn a fantastic amount about the school / your colleagues and can fill in gaps in your experience in a very useful way. Sorry for all the /.
  13. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    So what happens when you are fully staffed and you don't have a class? Do you support, are you given the job of putting up displays?

    ROSIEGIRL Lead commenter

    I think it's timetabled PPA and Leadership cover, not absence.

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