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Is it ok to ring parents in front of other students in class?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by bethebestyoucanbe, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. bethebestyoucanbe

    bethebestyoucanbe New commenter

    I have a school landline installed in my classroom. The school have no policy in place against usage in lesson. So I would assume it could be used anyways. I am wondering if it's ok to ring parents within lesson for students who have been consistently misbehaving, probably pull the student to speak to his/her parent in the class; as a way of managing to keep every student in class and keep the other ones in check.
  2. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Star commenter

    Absolutely not.

    You will put yourself in a very difficult position if you do this.

    To be honest I am shocked that you are asking, safeguarding!
  3. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Do give it a go and come back in a few weeks and let us know how its going.
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  4. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Very tempting at times.
    I believe a deputy at a former school did it.
    Even if there were not safeguarding issues, too many things could go wrong.
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  5. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Star commenter


    This is such a bad idea that I half think the op is a troll.
  6. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    Surely this is a wind-up. :rolleyes:
  7. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Star commenter

    I reckon gardentrees set up an account 6 years ago for just this moment.

    Please OP do not do this if you value your career, not job, career.
  8. bethebestyoucanbe

    bethebestyoucanbe New commenter

    Well, it's not, it's a genuine question
  9. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Star commenter

    Don't just don't.
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  10. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    As above poster said, apparently used to happen-the DH would presumably only tell the parents how X was behaving, so the other pupils were well aware-so he wasn't saying anything they didn't know...I would never be on the phone/computer when I was teaching though-I'd do it in a private office-for many reasons!
  11. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Star commenter

    No, no, no.

    If a DH did this they were wrong, very wrong.

    Humiliating a child in front of a class is s no no.

    Just because what is said in the phone call is true does not stop it being a deliberate act if humiliation.
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  12. bethebestyoucanbe

    bethebestyoucanbe New commenter

  13. HolyMahogany

    HolyMahogany Senior commenter

    And to finish - Now unplug the phone and put it in the staff room.
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  14. starlightexpress

    starlightexpress Occasional commenter

    As above.
    Avoid this approach at all costs:
    Phone likely in room solely for internal important comms in lesson time;
    Lesson time needs to focus on learning for all;
    GDPR issues including breach of privacy for parent;
    Public humiliation concerns- deliberate/ considered act;
    Risk of others chipping in on call/ background noise;
    Risk of parental reaction on the phone and how you respond to this / prevent overhear;
    Risk of what child might say to parent in front of you and class and you’d have provided that audience.

    I could go on.
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  15. install

    install Star commenter

    If a teacher rang me about my child whilst they were teaching a class, I would complain immediately to the Headteacher as a parent. I also wouldn't want my child in your class any further.

    1 The class are not being taught or watched carefully

    2 My child and I shouldn't be questioned within ear shot of a class

    3 I shouldn't be able to hear the potential din and chaos going on in the background

  16. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Absolutely not. On so many grounds. Don't even consider doing it. You would lay yourself right open to all sorts of justifiable accusations from parents and SLT.
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  17. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    If you really are thinking of doing this I'd start looking for another job this half term.

    I'd also think about contacting my Union to prepare myself for the complaints made against me of breaching parental privacy, breaching contract by not actually teaching, and also the fact that I clearly have no common sense regarding the use of a phone during lessons.

    My place has no policy on staff smoking. That doesn't mean I can light up in front of a class.

    You say this is a genuine question. If the behaviour in lessons is so bad you're really thinking of doing this, either get support for the behaviour, or if there is none, look for another job in a better school.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2020
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  18. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    They don't need one as it was made illegal to smoke in schools in 2007.
  19. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    Thanks for the heads up.

    I worked in a school which had a smokers balcony in the Staff Room...and this was after 2007.
  20. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Star commenter

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