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Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Anon92181738, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Anon92181738

    Anon92181738 New commenter

    Hello
    I am starting in a new school in September as Assistant HOD. The HOD has been on long term sick leave and although the school do not know if she will be returning in September it has been suggested it will be unlikely. My line manager has given me numerours tasks to do over the summer ( KS3 sows for two languages, KS3 assessment calendar, medium term plans, standardisation folder - none of which are in place as the dep. is in a mess) which I will do as much of as I can but I can help feeling I am basically doing the work of HOD. Her subject specialism is different to mine which makes things less helpful and I do not find her very informative. I arranged to go into the school one afternoon which I thought would be a good opportunity to get to know the ropes a bit. However, I was basically given a speedy run through of things that need to be in place for September and was out within an hour. I When I then offered to go back in another afternoon it was suggested I come in for 30 minutes which ended up being ten. I haven't had a proper tour of the school or been given much other info. I have asked for policies and an induction pack but have been I will receive it on the first day. Basically I am getting the impression organisation is poor - I had to email HR and ask for my offer letter several weeks after accepting the post. I know things are never plain sailing but it doesn't set a great first impression!
     
  2. Anon92181738

    Anon92181738 New commenter

    Hello
    I am starting in a new school in September as Assistant HOD. The HOD has been on long term sick leave and although the school do not know if she will be returning in September it has been suggested it will be unlikely. My line manager has given me numerours tasks to do over the summer ( KS3 sows for two languages, KS3 assessment calendar, medium term plans, standardisation folder - none of which are in place as the dep. is in a mess) which I will do as much of as I can but I can help feeling I am basically doing the work of HOD. Her subject specialism is different to mine which makes things less helpful and I do not find her very informative. I arranged to go into the school one afternoon which I thought would be a good opportunity to get to know the ropes a bit. However, I was basically given a speedy run through of things that need to be in place for September and was out within an hour. I When I then offered to go back in another afternoon it was suggested I come in for 30 minutes which ended up being ten. I haven't had a proper tour of the school or been given much other info. I have asked for policies and an induction pack but have been I will receive it on the first day. Basically I am getting the impression organisation is poor - I had to email HR and ask for my offer letter several weeks after accepting the post. I know things are never plain sailing but it doesn't set a great first impression!
     
  3. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    Firstly - pace yourself and work steadily through the list of things you need to achieve to get this department on its feet - If that means that not everything is in place come September, so be it - You are not expected to slog all summer. As an assistant HoD, I am guessing the expectation is that you will deputise for the HoD in their absence, and effectively, while not an ideal induction, that is what you are being asked to do. I would use this to your advantage. If the HoD does not return there could be the opportunity to make an impressive and step up....
     
  4. Anon92181738

    Anon92181738 New commenter

    Thanks for your advice. I will not stress and do as you say - pace myself.
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  5. Doesn't your contract say you start on September 1st? I would help out with anything that's really key, get my own house in order and then respectfully suggest making a start on the other stuff once I was actually in post and knew the school a bit better.
     
  6. All of my new posts have involved the new school asking me to do work for them over the holiday before I start there, and one school had me writing a SOW. However, I was asked nicely and there was a recognition that I wasn't obligated. Your workload really does seem to be a lot given that presumably you are not yet employed by them / being paid by them.
    So, I'd look at everything they've given you to do, and work out what you are willing to do without feeling resentful. Perhaps focus on things that you can use yourself such as SOW you'll actually use, as opposed to writing SOW for somebody else. Then tell them that, alongside your very busy holiday plans, your current school (who are paying you until Sept) have asked you to do some 'finishing off' of schemes etc you had already started, and you simply cannot do both whilst trying to have a holiday, so you will not be able to complete x & y (insert names of crappy tasks that they have dumped on you).
    I'd leave the SOWS - teachers can do their own planning. There is not a single SOW at my new school - you cannot be reeasonably expected to plan entire units of work for other teachers at a school you don't even get paid by.
     
  7. I'd leave the OTHER sows, I meant to put (ones you won't use). Oh, and re the assessment timetable thing - have a meeting on the first day back and work as a dept to produce one. Tell them you need input to do this as you don't know the pace of work / dates of the exams/ events on the school calendar.
     
  8. Anon92181738

    Anon92181738 New commenter

    I know what you are saying as it is hard to do some of this stuff without properly knowing the school, children etc I think I'll just do the basics and it can be added to throughout the year. It's difficult as you want to make a good impression but not be taken advantage of.
    Thanks for all your comments
     

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