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Gathering information

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by radiowaves, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. I recently attended the last day of a programme organised by the EDT for Y12 students.
    http://www.etrust.org.uk/
    As part of the day the students were given feedback forms which I assumed to be about the programme. However, one of the points of feedback asked the students to rate their teacher. I feel that I am "rated" enough in the workplace without educational charities gathering such information.
    So, to the questions: is gathering information of this sort, legal, ethical or necessary? Should I be contacting them to ask what it is being used for?
    The programme in question requires me to give up significant amounts of my time and I did find the idea of being "rated" rather distateful in this context.
    Radiowaves



     
  2. I recently attended the last day of a programme organised by the EDT for Y12 students.
    http://www.etrust.org.uk/
    As part of the day the students were given feedback forms which I assumed to be about the programme. However, one of the points of feedback asked the students to rate their teacher. I feel that I am "rated" enough in the workplace without educational charities gathering such information.
    So, to the questions: is gathering information of this sort, legal, ethical or necessary? Should I be contacting them to ask what it is being used for?
    The programme in question requires me to give up significant amounts of my time and I did find the idea of being "rated" rather distateful in this context.
    Radiowaves



     
  3. frustum

    frustum Lead commenter

    Did they definitely mean you rather than the person leading the programme? I can imagine such a question being a bit ambiguous.
     
  4. Teachers have long recognised that the only people who should be assessing their professional capabilities are other teachers who have been trained / who hold middle/senior management positions. Asking students to make judgements about teachers is an absolute no-no. I suggest bring this to the attention of your regional union office and ask them to do the necessary.
     
  5. I queried it with the organisation that asked the question. They agreed that the question was inappropriate and unnecessary - and agreed to remove it from all future feedback forms. Result!
     

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