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GCSE Certificate Evening unitill 9pm

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by socialisthero, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. socialisthero

    socialisthero New commenter

    Help needed

    Certificate evening for former Year 11 students has always been voluntary in the past. They (the people above) have now decided that it comes under teachers directed hours. We have never had a copy of our guided hours budget and the event goes on untill 9pm. This does not seem right to me.

    The even starts at 6pm so I believe the time 3.10pm (school closing) until 6.00pm (event start) should also count as it takes nearly an hour to get home so would not be worthwhile. Really do not want to attend this event, any advice welcome.
     
  2. socialisthero

    socialisthero New commenter

    Help needed

    Certificate evening for former Year 11 students has always been voluntary in the past. They (the people above) have now decided that it comes under teachers directed hours. We have never had a copy of our guided hours budget and the event goes on untill 9pm. This does not seem right to me.

    The even starts at 6pm so I believe the time 3.10pm (school closing) until 6.00pm (event start) should also count as it takes nearly an hour to get home so would not be worthwhile. Really do not want to attend this event, any advice welcome.
     
  3. Go home and then be stuck in traffic and be unable to attend!
     
  4. 2r2e

    2r2e New commenter

    Does seem a shame to have to make it compulsory. Be much better if the staff felt is was a worthwhile event celebrating the hard work of staff and students. What would make it so and an event you would want to attend? Can your ideas be put forwards to 'Them'? Or does your reluctance reflect your own attitude to your current post or the profession as a whole?
     
  5. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    Arguably as it does not involve reporting to parents, or enhancing the teaching and learning of the students under your teaching care, then you cannot be directed to attend it - unless you are leadership. But to be frank, if it is a calendared celebratory event for past students and one of very few evenings that involve working 'late' why wouldn't you want to support the school and show a united staff front?
     
  6. socialisthero

    socialisthero New commenter

    Working late is generally not an issue. The problem is that it was on the calender yet no times were mentioned, we are not allowed in the theatre for the presentations due to space constraints and we have not had our directed hours budget. Also want to ensure still working within 'work to rule' constraints.
     
  7. we are not allowed in the theatre for the presentations due to space constraints
    So why do you have to be there?
     
  8. socialisthero

    socialisthero New commenter

    To be in our rooms for when parents do a tour (new building) incase they have any questions, pointless.
     
  9. Tigger1962

    Tigger1962 New commenter

    Sorry! am I understanding this correctly?
    You are being told to stay at school for 6 hours for an awards ceremony
    BUT you are not actually invited to the awards ceremony as there is no room for the teachers in the school's theatre - instead the idea is that you hang about in your classroom alone for these hours on the off-chance that parents think of a question when touring the building!!
    If this is the case it sounds totally bonkers!!
     
  10. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    I had to attend ours this year despite not knowing any of the students, nor they me (only started the post in september!) I suggested I stay in school but use the time to mark all the year 11 mock papers - but no, I had to be there! Crazy! x
     
  11. Morninglover

    Morninglover Lead commenter

    Do they do their 'tour' before the awards ceremony? If so, I'd do a runner once the ceremony you can't attend starts...if afterwards I bet very few bother. I'd keep a note of the numbers (and get as many other staff to do so as well and use the figures to argue with your SLT against anything they ask for over the next few terms...
    You know 'You're asking us to do x, but I remember that time at the GCSE ceremony when I stayed behind for 3 (?) hours and only 7 parents came round...now I don't think was a very good use of a paraprofessional's time and I'm worried that x may be the same...'etc. etc.
     
  12. socialisthero

    socialisthero New commenter

    Thanks for the advice, the problem is because we have merged with another school they are doing the certificate evenings seperately. So one cohort have a presentation at 6.30pm followed by a walk about and the next cohort have a presentation at 7.30pm followed by a tour.

    I fully appreciate joining in the celebrations but surely results day & prom are enough. Has anybody else not recieved their directed hours budget?
     
  13. AdmiralNelson

    AdmiralNelson New commenter

    I'd get your Union rep onto that ASAP...
     
  14. 2r2e

    2r2e New commenter

    Certainly sounds more and more pointless if you're not actually part of the ceremony. If the reason for you staying is to answer potential questions then perhaps it's more reasonable that the HoDs or SLT grit their teeth and do it. (And I'm SLT, so this isn't a anti-management thing, just seems more inline with our role...)
     
  15. socialisthero

    socialisthero New commenter

    Am sat here now tidying up my E Mail inbox now, pointless.
     
  16. Georgia99

    Georgia99 New commenter

    I am part time and so far in the last two months I have received emails calling me into two different parents evening, plus transfer evenings for Year 9 and Year 11. All four events were on my day off and never mind if I have a job elsewhere on my day off, I was just emailed with the details and not even asked to attend but told.
    Apparantly I am not required to attend on my day off or if I do I am meant to receive overtime pay but despite my enquiries I have been told 'no way'.
    Just thought it might make you feel better!
     
  17. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    So I assume that you don't attend? If so then you shouldn't.
     

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