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Form group

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by brianrice, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. brianrice

    brianrice New commenter

    First time poster. I've had a year 7 form group for the last five years, but with a whole heap of family issues going and with health and wellbeing of my wider family, I find myself getting quite shirty and worn out with my form, not good for them. I would really like to not pick up a form group in September so that I can manage my stress levels. Can anyone tell me if I am obliged to take on a form or could I take time out from form time?

    Thanks for your help.
  2. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Hi Brian, I would post this in workplace dilemmas for a more expert range of opinion.
  3. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    Ditto F-I. "Workplace dilemmas" has TheoGriff on permanent duty to advise specifically on matters like this.
    Best wishes and good luck in sorting out your probs.
  4. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    You are obliged to be a form tutor if your headteacher instructs you to do so. You can go and ask if you might be released from this for a year (say), explaining that you are under stress, etc. But you've no right to expect to be released.
    DYNAMO67, wanet and grumpydogwoman like this.
  5. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    It's part of your duties and, sorry to have to say this, you have to be professional at work and not let your problems affect the pupils. Sounds as if you need some time off if things are that bad.

    We've all snapped the odd time when it hasn't really been the fault of that particular kid but if you're aware that you're doing this a lot then ....... Well, you know it's not good. But I can't be encouraging about your chances of not having a form next year.

    Everyone else at your grade will be expected to and I dare say they have sheet going on too.
    ilovepoppies, DYNAMO67 and wanet like this.
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    It is difficult, isn't it, when you have these things going on in the background. Pulled in different ways. I am very sympathetic here of your situation.

    If you think of it logically, just suppose that you - and all the other teachers - WEREN'T obliged to be form tutors . . . what might happen?

    It is part of the duties that may be assigned to you by the Headteacher, so, Yes, you may well be asked to take a form next year.

    However, have you thought of asking for a move? For example, if you moved to Year 8, and had your current form, you would not have to learn all about them. In fact any year 8 form might be a welcome change, as you wouldn't need to do the induction and mothering that year 7 always need.

    Best wishes

    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  7. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    Being a y7 form tutor isn't easy. A number of issues. My school rotate tutors 7-11. I personally think being a y7 tutor ought to be a specialist role, comprising of people who want to do it.

    Agree with Theo- a move to another year perhaps?

    If it is in your contract you're obligated. Is going part time an option? I am really sympathetic to your situation, but long term it isn't fair to expect to be paid the same as tutor colleagues with less work...
    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  8. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Oh, yes. YR7 are the worst. Good ideas in posts 6 and 7.
    sabrinakat likes this.
  9. Am_done

    Am_done New commenter

    Put a positive spin on it - you have lots of experience as a FT. You could suggest you mentor and NQT as a co-FT - you would have an extra pair of hands and helping develop a new member of staff. Or is there a part time colleague who could join your form?
    grumpydogwoman and jarndyce like this.
  10. jarndyce

    jarndyce Occasional commenter

    Year 7 is hard work. Ask for a change in year group - might be what you need.

    Of course, older groups have their own challenges, and it all depends on the school - but you might find you can have a more relaxed and grown-up session with them, and that might be less demanding. You seem to be focusing on form time, rather than individual pastoral care. In the meantime, do you have to cover certain things in these sessions, or do you have a free rein? If the latter, choose activities that are quiet and easy on you - the children might even welcome the calm.
    sabrinakat and grumpydogwoman like this.
  11. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    Good idea. In our school though there is simply not the capacity to do this. We do not pair up NQTs. If there is an availability I am afraid to say that there are probably more deserving cases. In one of my schools HoD were paired up with TAs in tutor groups, allowing them to get out now and again.

    If you are well enough to be at school then I do not see a reason why you can't be a tutor. Getting 'shirty' at Y7 is something you will have to deal with. It is not really an excuse to let you do less work... If your job is too stressful, or you are being impacted on from outside issues, then that is one thing. I find it hard to believe if that was the case though that the form tutor role would be the biggest issue.... sounds to me like you just don't want to do it...
    Am_done likes this.

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