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Help! I am a New senco and have been asked to teach a problem year 1 class

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by scabbers88, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. scabbers88

    scabbers88 New commenter

    Hi all!

    looking for some advice and quickly. Please help.

    I am a new senco (as of last year)I am about to finish my course, I work in a trust across multiple schools. But!
    1. I am pregnant, due in July and
    2. I’ve been asked to cover a year 1 class from Easter holidays until I leave for maternity, with the view I will then return as a senco.

    currently I am a senco with another lady who is leaving because of family commitments, the trust have a lot of staff leaving and the jobs no longer for her. She is awesome! Best senco in our area. But this move has resulted in a big shuffle. The ceo says the heads of school will each pick up the sen role for now and I will cover in year 1 in a school I have never really liked where the class teacher is leaving. There are a number of children not blending etc and high need. They think I can fix that. However, I moved schools to be a senco NOT a class teacher. My contract is a teaching contract though so I don’t have much to go on.

    my options
    1. Hand my notice in and go at Easter with no maternity package and feeling unclear about how I get another Senco role after my maternity leave
    2. Teach until I can take early maternity in May but still not clear on whether I will be going back to a sen role
    3. Just do what they say
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Well I think that you have to do as you are directed. I can see why they would want you to lead by example( you are the expert / specialist in name if not experience ) by taking on a difficult complex needs class - it makes sense to me - so that in a concentrated period of time you can establish/ implement some key strategies which someone else can continue to implement , though given the nature of the class consistency and good practice are non negociable I would have thought. That said your wider brief is to lead and manage provision so you will need to establish when you will be guaranteed the time to address ? You suggest after your maternity leave ? What does your line manager have to say ?

    To be honest the way you have described the set up does not sound great but it matters not how you feel about the setting where you have been asked to teach, you are a professional and have a responsibilty to the children. Resilience and objectivity are key.

    I suggest not a good time to bail but rather aim to be effective in the classroom ( you can't expect others to deliver if you can't ! ) whilst considering a) the bigger picture and b) a longer game plan.
    bonxie and phlogiston like this.
  3. scabbers88

    scabbers88 New commenter

    Thank you for your honest feedback.

    I totally understand these points and can see why I have been put forward. I’m not long out of the classroom and have always been valued as a skilled teacher in previous settings.

    however, there is a bigger picture. Lots of staff are leaving, or very very unhappy. Expectations are huge (which I also understand they should be, we are talking education! We only get one shot at it) but learning walks are carried out regularly, book scrutiny’s are every other week, official observations are half termly. It is a very stressful place to work in.

    do not get me wrong, I love teaching, I love seeing progress and being part of all those small wins. And I loved having my own class. But, this environment is not where I feel I will flourish as a classroom teacher like I have done previously. So will I actually do much good!?

    In the mean time as this is going on, Heads will pick up sen. But there approach is not consistent as well as them being unapproachable for staff if they have issues and need support.

    My line manager is my CEO and they need to streamline because of finances.
  4. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    This reads like one of those threads when the OP keeps replying "yeah, but ….." until someone says what they want to hear.
    No one practical is going to advise you to leave without maternity benefits for the sake of a term's work, with an uncertain future and a hole in your pension contributions.
    CWadd and bonxie like this.
  5. scabbers88

    scabbers88 New commenter

    yep! Very true on maternity etc! Although a little blunt.

    Not looking for someone to say what I want to hear. I’m not really sure what that even is! Because I’m yo yo ing at the moment anyway!

    I am trying to work out what I do / how to negotiate a way that works for me too. I don’t want to be dealing with loads of added stressed while pregnant.
  6. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    At the risk of sounding insensitive, no one wants lots of stress. I'm with @lindenlea , I'm afraid.

    It reads to me as though you're not happy and are looking for a get out, due to the information supplied in your second post. If you want to leave, resign. But no maternity pay and no job will likely be just as - if not more- stressful than staying.

    Easter until July. Three months, at most. And if you have a guarantee you'll be back moving between schools when you return, you know this is temporary.
    agathamorse likes this.

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