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New job - asked to write schemes of work during holidays and teach subjects not qualified for.

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Lafredo, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. A current colleague of mine who is leaving for another school (temp contract due to maternity cover) has been asked to write several schemes of work over the summer for her new school as well as teach subjects which she feels she is not experienced in enough to teach.She is a biology specialist (biology Bsc) and has been asked to teach chemistry and physics at AS level. She didn't even study physics as an A level herself. She will need to plan and prepare over the summer as the school do not have any schemes of work or student resources such as text books to support teaching in these subjects.She has also been asked to write schemes of work for some Y7, 8 and 9 topics (at least 1 of each). <font size="2">She has signed a contract as an AST and it seems like they are preparing to throw a lot more at her in September after she has had a "couple of weeks" to settle in (they have said as much).</font>
    Please comment on:
    1) How reasonable you think these requests are;
    2) What actions you think she should take based on 1;
    3) How she can make sure that both herself and her students are adequately supported in the subjects she is not confident about teaching (assuming that she will be teaching them).
  2. Mrs_Frog

    Mrs_Frog New commenter

    Is the new post a permanent post? Sorry, that bit was not quite clear.
    If she is going on a maternity cover, then yes, maybe it is a lot to ask and perhaps a bit unreasonable.
    However, if she is going on a permanent post, well, I would expect to be writing SoW etc, or at least modifiying the ones that are already there....
    Many teachers find that they will be teaching out of their specialism, myself included (throughout my entire career)
    At my current post, when I interviewed the head told me, if you can teach, then you can teach....I was being interviewed for a post outside my subject specialism.
    Also, AST? Personally, I would expect an AST to cope with this, otherwise they should not have accepted the job on the terms that have been described.
    A very good friend of mine is a biology specialist, and she teaches pretty much all the sciences, as well as the odd extra thing thrown in.
    Is it a new sixth form, otherwise they should have supporting materials.....
    She may find it useful to visit the school and get the lay of the land so to speak before the new term, and see what exactly needs to be done. In addition, she would probably find it useful to try to obtain contacts in other schools in the area to obtain advice.
    Being an AST she should already be aware of this.
    MF x
    Sorry to sound harsh....
  3. chriszwinter1

    chriszwinter1 New commenter

    I think it is completely unreasonable. If she is paid with effect from 1st September, then that's the day she should start working for them, and not a minute before.
  4. Xericist

    Xericist New commenter

    It's even more unrealistic to start a new post without being prepared. And not to be unhelpful, but would it not be more helpful for the teacher to post their concern in their right, rather than second-hand?
  5. grrrlatrix

    grrrlatrix New commenter

    I wish this were practically possible! I can't be the only person starting a new job in September and already working. I've written a departmental long term plan and will start the medium term plans soon too. I'm not saying it's right, just that it's difficult to actually begin your work the day you officially start.

  6. I've never planned during the summer when starting somewhere in the sept. Holidays are sacred; no wonder so many heads and their sycophantic minions expect us all to work 24/7; when so many of us cave and work in the hols.
    It's a HOD's job to sort SoWs if they want the rest of us to work on them or write them they can ask us to do it in directed time.
    And I assure you five minutes with a physics book will make your friend appear an expert to the kids.
    Tell your friend to stand up for themselves.
    And btw who needs SOW and long term plans? Especially for AS just look at the exam spec and teach that. It's not rocket science (not at AS anyway).
  7. chriszwinter1

    chriszwinter1 New commenter

    Being prepared for the first lessons is one thing; the other things in the OP go beyond that.
  8. scienceteacha

    scienceteacha New commenter

    Initially I thought that the requests were totally unreasonable until I saw the 'AST' bit.

    If you can't stand the heat..............
  9. grrrlatrix

    grrrlatrix New commenter

    Haha! This is so true. I am probably adding to the problem, but I just couldn't walk in on day one with nothing prepared. I'd be a wreck in a week!
    Also true. Although I'm at a school with no HOD, so I guess it's down to me... Hmmm. Wish I was getting HOD wages though!

    In reply to the OP, I guess it will just be a case of grabbing a text book and going from that. Good luck to them.

  10. Agree totally.It's also pretty much impossible to plan effectively for teaching a specific cohort of children in a specific setting if you're unfamiliar with school ethos, pupil 'culture', the size & layout of teaching spaces and the equipment available in the cupboard, and whether the IT will usually work...
  11. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    I tend to agree with you there.
    Thats why they get the extra money.

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