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Manipulating work allocations

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Tobasa, Jul 16, 2020.

  1. Tobasa

    Tobasa New commenter

    How and what appropriate actions can be taken when a manager begins to “dump and undo timetables” of specialist practitioners? Thank you
  2. Cantwaittogo

    Cantwaittogo New commenter

    Can you give a bit more detail?
  3. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    Is this manager trying to 'cherry pick', giving themselves and their chums to the 'good' groups, and dumping the less desirable ones on the rest of you?
  4. meggyd

    meggyd Lead commenter

    Oh yes. Happens all the time. Give the plebs their timetables on the last day when its "too late" to change anything. Or the one where the Hod is given a paper copy of dept timetable and then cuts it up so that you only get your column and can't see what everyone else has got.
  5. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    @meggyd: Exactly so! Two tried and trusted techniques used my timetable dumpers!

    More skilful operators will try and hide their activities by putting themselves down on the timetable for some 'dump' groups, which are being taught at the same times as other teachers are taking 'good' groups. A couple of weeks into the term, the HoD will give some 'plausible' reason for swapping over these groups, leaving themselves with the easier timetable they really wanted.
    agathamorse likes this.
  6. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    Poorly managed schools, which only produce 'interim timetables' at the beginning of the Autumn term, giving the excuses such as 'We don't know student numbers and/or staffing yet', play into the hands of the 'dump group dumpers'.
    agathamorse likes this.
  7. meggyd

    meggyd Lead commenter

    I once spoke to the Hod about ratios explaining that teachers should broadly have the same ratio of exam classes to KS3 etc. Hod told me he didn't understand ratios. I was never sure about that. I did find out later that he had some problems passing the skills tests as an NQT so maybe he wasn't having me on.
  8. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    Time table dumpers flourish in schools that consider HoDs to be 'management', rather than teaching staff. In the former, HoDs can be remote from the teachers in their departments, and little concerned with their wellbeeing.
  9. tenpast7

    tenpast7 Occasional commenter

    It is one of the more sickening aspects of Teaching that I am glad to be away from. I guess that it is a part of human nature to be selfish whilst maintaining the "false front" of open and honest, upfront discussion that is portrayed.
    Reminds me of the politician's who advertise public consultations, when decisions have already been made. Makes you puke.
    Summerhols6 likes this.
  10. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    HoD: "You don't seem very happy with your teaching groups."
    NQT: "No, I'm not. I have got all KS 3 low ability groups, with most of the nutters in the lower school."
    HoD: "I've given you the opportunity to gain such valuable and varied experience so early in your career. You should be thanking me!"
  11. ACOYEAR8

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    Lower ability should have highly skilled and experienced staff so they can progress to another level...
  12. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    How many times has some smug sod told us that!
    Ohwell and agathamorse like this.
  13. ACOYEAR8

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    "You've recently passed your driving test. Congratulations. Here's a F1 car to begin with."

    There should be a mix of levels and age groups for an NQT -I get why exam classes might be an area for discussion but we all have to start somewhere...
  14. meggyd

    meggyd Lead commenter

    There should be a mixture. Exactly. In some ways high ability groups are the easiest to teach because the kids are so motivated they will do the necessary without a teacher at all
    I always advocated a mix, proportionality etc but sadly worked with a number of hods and even heads and deputies who just did their own thing and dumped the rest on us. I am amazed in the post above there is even a conversation. In my experience any discussion was swiftly shut down.
  15. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    Sorry, why should they? Says who?
    madcatlady likes this.
  16. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    As a head of department, I am lucky as we don't set.... BUT

    I make no apology at all for giving a higher proportion of KS4 and 5 teaching to myself and other experienced teachers. I make no apology for giving more KS3 to younger staff.

    We're judged on results. I also see it as my role to take

    1) Difficult behaviour classes- where possible
    2) But also lead on exam classes..... It is what I am paid for. And that may mean that my less experienced staff have to learn the ropes with KS3 dominated timetable.

    It isn't about dumping anything.
  17. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    I took the view when it was my responsibility that groups should be shared.
    We all loved the lady who asked for KS3 and didn't want A level.
    Exam success depends on good KS3 teaching (and good primary teaching).
  18. ACOYEAR8

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    Very true indeed.
  19. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    One aspect of this that has not been mentioned before is 'interdepartmental group dumping', such as that between science and maths departments, for example. A science NQT could find themselves lumped with not only all the nutters and headbangers in their own department but some of those in the maths department, a subject they had not been trained to teach.
    maggie m, agathamorse and tenpast7 like this.
  20. meggyd

    meggyd Lead commenter

    Well I am pleased I don't work for you. You are not paid to get good results. You are paid to lead a team that gets good results. Be a team player, not a diva!

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