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Head of Department - Salary expectations

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by jackhold, May 4, 2012.

  1. Hi all
    I have a question about the salary one can expect as a HoD in MFL.
    I am approaching the end of my third year in teaching and have just been offered HoD following restructuring in the school. MFL has had no leadership/direction since I took up the post and there is nothing in place with regards to SoW or departmental policies. Although this is a big school, the MFL department is small, comprising two full time members of staff and a part time colleague who is currently under-utilised, teaching only 7 hours of MFL per week.
    The school lost A Level before I started and KS4 languages was offered only to the very able students. As such numbers have been low at GCSE. However, the demands on staff have been huge with year groups of 250 being divided between 2.5 staff. Last year alone I was teaching 13 different groups. Since my arrival, French has been phased out in favour of Spanish even though ALL colleagues offer French, two are French-specialists and only one has any formal qualification in Spanish.
    Anyway, due to EBacc etc. there are plans to develop the department (including new staff) and introduce a second language. With few resources in terms of course books etc. and little recent experience teaching anyting other then Spanish, this seems quite an exciting/daunting task.
    Well, with Ofsted looming and a department in need of leadership, I have been offered the position and was initially very excited. However, I do not want to become a scapegoat for departmental issues when Ofsted arrive and nor do I want the responsibility of resurrectinng a marginalised subject area without a reasonable pay rise.
    My question quite simply is how much should I expect to receive in terms of TLR points? I know schools can make their own decisions and I realise that Heads of small departments cannot expect the same money as those leading 'bigger' subjects. However, I do feel this position represents a big challenge and the plan is to develop the department significantly. Nothing has been mentioned about money as yet but I feel I will be offered the minimum and I wonder if I do not have a case to request more. Can HoDs access TLR1 or should I expect TLR2. Obviously the experience alone is incentive enough to accept the post (money is an added bonus) but I wonder if I should expect more than £2,500 (the lower payment threshold in TLR2).
    Thanks in advance for your feedback
    p.s. I hope this query is not one that has been answered elsewere - I did search the forum but found nothing!
     
  2. Hi all
    I have a question about the salary one can expect as a HoD in MFL.
    I am approaching the end of my third year in teaching and have just been offered HoD following restructuring in the school. MFL has had no leadership/direction since I took up the post and there is nothing in place with regards to SoW or departmental policies. Although this is a big school, the MFL department is small, comprising two full time members of staff and a part time colleague who is currently under-utilised, teaching only 7 hours of MFL per week.
    The school lost A Level before I started and KS4 languages was offered only to the very able students. As such numbers have been low at GCSE. However, the demands on staff have been huge with year groups of 250 being divided between 2.5 staff. Last year alone I was teaching 13 different groups. Since my arrival, French has been phased out in favour of Spanish even though ALL colleagues offer French, two are French-specialists and only one has any formal qualification in Spanish.
    Anyway, due to EBacc etc. there are plans to develop the department (including new staff) and introduce a second language. With few resources in terms of course books etc. and little recent experience teaching anyting other then Spanish, this seems quite an exciting/daunting task.
    Well, with Ofsted looming and a department in need of leadership, I have been offered the position and was initially very excited. However, I do not want to become a scapegoat for departmental issues when Ofsted arrive and nor do I want the responsibility of resurrectinng a marginalised subject area without a reasonable pay rise.
    My question quite simply is how much should I expect to receive in terms of TLR points? I know schools can make their own decisions and I realise that Heads of small departments cannot expect the same money as those leading 'bigger' subjects. However, I do feel this position represents a big challenge and the plan is to develop the department significantly. Nothing has been mentioned about money as yet but I feel I will be offered the minimum and I wonder if I do not have a case to request more. Can HoDs access TLR1 or should I expect TLR2. Obviously the experience alone is incentive enough to accept the post (money is an added bonus) but I wonder if I should expect more than £2,500 (the lower payment threshold in TLR2).
    Thanks in advance for your feedback
    p.s. I hope this query is not one that has been answered elsewere - I did search the forum but found nothing!
     
  3. henriette

    henriette New commenter

    mid 2 (£4950)
     
  4. sam enerve

    sam enerve New commenter

    Depends on the size of the dept and the number of students. TLR2b or 2c is probably about right for a 4 person department. It also depends on how much the school is willing to pay for a HoD and how important they think MFL is. It's down to the governors' decision at the end of the day.
     
  5. yasf

    yasf Occasional commenter

    There are very specific definitions that give the differences between TLR1 and TLR2 and which should be awarded to which kind of post. I would ensure that you have a conversation with your Head before accepting, as to exactly what their expectations are from the postholder. There are certain things that a TLR1 postholder should do, and a TLR2 therefore wouldn't.
    To be honest, your school management sound awful. Changing languages without consulting the MFL teachers? Sounds like they have little idea about the concerns of language teachers and don't care much either. As Head of MFL you will be the person that has to deal with and explain the issues that arise due to this, and will be held responsible for them.
    I was HoD in a department of 4 (with some part-timers) in a large comprehensive and was on M4, which then became TL1c (which is now worth 9000). I had a fantastic SLT, but I can assure you that I earned every penny.
     

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