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How to extricate oneself from HoD role ADAP?

Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by TheGentleman, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. TheGentleman

    TheGentleman Occasional commenter


    Asking for a friend (). My ‘friend’ became Head of a core subject in an independent school by default. She was an NQT and no one else wanted it and each time the current HoD asked if someone would take it on, it would be a running joke that the ‘NQT’ should do it. So said friend spoke to her NQT mentor about whether they should show willing and put themselves forward. Mentor thought it would be a good idea. So said friend did and after a month or so was told that the Governors had approved the appointment.

    Said friend bricked it, but took it on and has been doing it for past 2.5 years and doing it quite well. However, said friend feels slightly out of her depth and lacking the experience required to deal with certain matters, including managing individuals who are clashing over the subject delivery in their year group. Friend thinks if she had 5/6 years just teaching under her belt before stepping into HoD role, she would be able to do a better job WBD have the experience in the issues that are now cropping up (mainly due to the pressure cooker environment that COVID19 has created).

    This is having a detrimental affect on their mental health (for which she has been in medication for over 5 years). Sleepless nights, becoming very curt with the children (her biggest concern) and feeling a constant sense of ‘injustice (which is draining). On top of this, said friend feels that they are missing out on developing as a teacher as she is spread thinly between HoD (no one extra time given for this) and form teacher. She has never had time just to focus on teaching, which is why she became a teacher. She has no aspirations for becoming SLT.

    Question is - how does friend extricate herself from the role ASAP before her mental health deteriorates further?

    How does she resign from the HoD role (it is a paid role - about £100 a month after tax - so about £5 an hour if broken down into an hourly rate)? She was thinking of telling Head this week (using the explanation you have just read) and saying she would continue up to Christmas to all Head to find a new person to take on the role.

    Do you think her job will become untenable by asking to do this?

    any help would be much appreciated (by my ‘friend’
  2. JJ83

    JJ83 Occasional commenter

    I would hope that if the 'friend' has felt this way for so long they have been able to seek advice from somewhere (GP, SLT, colleagues, unions friends etc)
    I can only say approach the head and explain and see if anything can be done to support and if not offer a resignation and see what happens?
  3. TheGentleman

    TheGentleman Occasional commenter

    she does have friends amongst the staff and the advice is to pack it in. Life is too short to do something that is making her deeply unhappy. The fear is the poor reference that might be provided should it come to finding a new job.
  4. Corvuscorax20

    Corvuscorax20 Star commenter

    This is a very common situation, its only really NQTs that are naive enough to accept these roles in the first place, in many cases. She may be best looking for another job.
  5. TheGentleman

    TheGentleman Occasional commenter

    canon fodder
    Corvuscorax20 likes this.
  6. JJ83

    JJ83 Occasional commenter

    Surely if those above feel she is doing a poor job she would know about by now?
    Try not to fear a poor reference
  7. TheGentleman

    TheGentleman Occasional commenter

    She has done a very good job, but fears Head might be annoyed that she has made his job more difficult in having to find another member of staff to take on the role so might allude in a ref that she wasn’t ‘quite up to the job’. There are staff that always think they could do a better job and knock any new initiative she puts in place. However, she suspects these people are happy making trouble from the back benches but would never put their head above the parapet to join the front benches (excuse the parliament analogy).

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