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I want to leave my school but my HT is making it very difficult

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Nsadler1234, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. Nsadler1234

    Nsadler1234 New commenter

    It is most definitely true, there is also another instructor here who is head of another department.
  2. Nsadler1234

    Nsadler1234 New commenter

    Let me be clearer:

    1. I've only been working in my current school for 1 year and 4 months.
    2. I moved to a house in the same village I've lived in for the past 3 years
    3. I took the job as HOD because I (naively) thought that it would be a great career move for me
    4. I am not moving house closer to the school as I have a son who is settled in his primary school and I do not want to upset that (especially as he has ASD)
    5. Headteachers hire instructors all the time. At my current school there is two of us, but at my previous school there were five of us
    6. The letting agency confirming with the HT about my pay is normal, even the bank did it before when I had to take a small loan a couple of years ago
    7. I don't understand the scepticism - why would I lie?
    8. Even if he did increase the pay now, I am still adamant on leaving after the way he has treated, not only myself, but many other members of staff - who, the majority, have left now because of this.

    This is my first post here and I just wanted advice as I am an instructor, not a teacher, and most of the advice I've found/been told is regarding qualified teachers.
  3. Nsadler1234

    Nsadler1234 New commenter

    I'm on UQT4 and they don't call it a TLR they call it a responsibility allowance.
    We are an Academy.
  4. Nsadler1234

    Nsadler1234 New commenter

    To be honest I initially just took on being head of Psychology, however upon interview was told about three other departments where initially it would just be me teaching (which I thought would be fine), however they had to get other teachers (non-specialists who teach other subjects in the school already) to teach three of the other departments I run. I took the job because I thought it would be a great career move for me.
  5. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Sadly this seems to be the case increasingly often.
    Running several subjects will improve the quality of the CV.
    How easy will it be to get QTS?
    This will expedite getting enough money to live on,
    agathamorse likes this.
  6. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    The best career move for an unqualified teacher might be to get qualified.

    (I'd like to see some obligation on schools to facilitate this when they employ an unqualified teacher.)
    chelsea2, agathamorse and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  7. binaryhex

    binaryhex Lead commenter

    Slaves have no rights. Either put up with it or resign and leave at Easter.
  8. Nsadler1234

    Nsadler1234 New commenter

    I was promised on interview that they would pay for me get my QTS through the Assessment Only route as I've been teaching for four years. However this didn't/hasn't happened yet. However they are not obliged to pay for teacher training.
    agathamorse likes this.
  9. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Have you got any written evidence of that? I'm just wondering if it could be seen as them breaching the contract...

    (Far too easy for schools to promise that sort of thing, then realise that if they do, they'll have to pay you more, and you'll be better able to get a new post elsewhere.)
    Mrsmumbles and agathamorse like this.
  10. banjouk

    banjouk Occasional commenter

    Have you checked you contract to see if you have to give a terms notice? If your not being paid as a 'teacher' then why should you be bound by a teaching contract.
    agathamorse likes this.
  11. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Because unqualified teachers are still teachers for the purposes of STPCD and the Burgundy Book - indeed, the OP has referred to the scale for unqualified teachers.
  12. banjouk

    banjouk Occasional commenter

    I saw this section and the Academy stood out. Does the school follow STPCD or does it just mirror some of its nomenclature from the Book and deviate in other HR practices?

    "I'm on UQT4 and they don't call it a TLR they call it a responsibility allowance. We are an Academy"
  13. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    I think it is in line with STPCD:

    From 20.1: Unqualified teachers may not be awarded TLRs.


    22.1. The relevant body may determine that such additional allowance as it considers appropriate is to be paid to an unqualified teacher where it considers, in the context of its staffing structure and pay policy, that the teacher has:
    a) taken on a sustained additional responsibility which:
    i. is focused on teaching and learning; and
    ii. requires the exercise of a teacher’s professional skills and judgment; or
    b) qualifications or experience which bring added value to the role being undertaken.

    'Responsibility allowance' seems a sensible name for it.
    Rott Weiler and agathamorse like this.
  14. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Why is there no demand for Psychology in Norfolk? ? What about online tutoring?

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