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Lack of TLRs within Faculty

Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by CreativeADT, May 4, 2017.

  1. CreativeADT

    CreativeADT New commenter

    im HoF for ADT in a faculty where, next year, there will be no other TLR roles, such as head of department or head of ks3. I will be managing 6 teachers and a technician. We'll have 13 gcse groups across art, dt, catering, textiles and Graphics plus 2 A level groups and a full time btec that I know nothing about.

    Is this common?
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Six teachers????? Good heavens!
    My first HOD role had me leading 10 and it was a core subject. Never occurred to me there would be any one else with a TLR besides me. (not that they were called TLRs in those days.)

    With just six staff and a non-core subject, I really wouldn't expect there to be any other TLRs.
  3. CreativeADT

    CreativeADT New commenter

    Thanks caterpillartobutterfly. I am going to interpret that as a really supportive reply and be comforted that I'm not the only one in such a position :)
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  4. paulasews

    paulasews New commenter

    I am HOF for technology and I have a head of KS3. I don't see why being non-core is relevant. Our HoF for maths, for example, only oversees 4 different specs, all in the same subject whereas I am responsible for 7 over 5 distinct subjects. I know my workload is higher than hers because I am friends with her so I am painfully aware of all of the private tutoring she is able to find time to do and it boggles my mind because I am run ragged.
  5. thistledoo

    thistledoo Senior commenter

    @CreativeADT this is indeed a growing concern in a faculty where subjects used to be their own discipline and each have their own HOD. I understand your concern because of the specialisms within your faculty. You will have to rely on your team a great deal to share their expertise. Problems can occur in situations such as these e.g. A member of staff absent and as HOF you are expected to set work but you do not have a detailed knowledge of the subject area.
    You need to establish if there are SOW, ppts and other resources stored and available. You will be relying on main scale teachers to run individual areas/ their subject/ exams. You will need to check the exam boards and courses registered. There will also be the day to day money/ food ordering and all the planning of the DT resources. It is supposedly ok to have admin to complete end of school year resources but usually ends up with the HOF arranging/ assimilating it all - your staff may not see it as their job.

    I don't know how your faculty has arrived to be in this situation but it is/ could be fraught with problems - I know I was part of such a faculty!
    Unions advise a TLR for setting up/ in charge of/ oversight of an examination subject and this can cause ill feeling if staff are and have been in charge of exams for their specialism. On top of the exam situation you will have the new curriculum at KS3 in DT and Food?

    Er, I don't envy you... it is not usual for no TLR support across these specialisms/ areas/ disciplines. I just hope your team are keen, decent and experienced colleagues but in fairness to them... why be in charge of exams for no monetary reward? Yes, your situation could be stressful.
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  6. Eflmeister

    Eflmeister Occasional commenter

    This doesn't surprise me. At one point in my old department there was the HoD and everyone else. No support for her officially in terms of TLR holders but we all chipped in.
  7. Evertonian

    Evertonian New commenter

    My worry wouldn't be so much if it was all GCSE and your staff know what they're doing but with vocational courses appearing in tech that could be a huge amount of work and requires a lot of coordination potentially for moderation and submission of work. Hard to know these days what is feasible or reasonable though! I would say that I'd want to be very careful about H&S responsibilities and how they're worded. Sounds like a big job whatever the rights and wrongs.
  8. muso2

    muso2 Occasional commenter Community helper

    The difficulty here isn't the number of staff you're managing, but the number of different subjects. I was a HoF for creative arts, and each subject leader still had a TLR. In my previous school, it was the same. It's difficult to ensure high quality across a number of diverse subjects when the person responsible for them is working outside their specialism. Are there other faculties in your school that are made up of different subjects, e.g.art/music, etc? Or just your faculty?

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