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No prior work/records/planning left..

Discussion in 'Personal' started by nerak77, Sep 13, 2015.

  1. nerak77

    nerak77 New commenter

    Hi all, I am cant believe the situation I have found myself in and wondered if anyone has been in similar. I recently took a contract at a school who told me they had resources/sow in place at least for me to start teaching the term with (I am the only teacher in my subject area) however since starting I have discovered there are no SOW, teaching resources or prior work for any of the year groups and I have been largely left to sort it out. The previous teacher took everything and deleted everything useful. It is only the second week of term, but already I feel burnt out and tempted to move on. I am really questioning my resolve/sanity in this..
  2. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    yes, first job as an NQT, the previous teacher removed EVERYTHING planning related ( this was before planning as stored on a shared drive, paper copies were all the school had!) I had no idea what had been taught-I started in January so the children had already covered a third of the curriculum but I had no idea which third! I had to resort to trawling through books ( and in Reception there are fewthings in books to trawl through!) to get some idea of what they had covered.) No other Reception teachers and no one else in the school seemed to have any idea what I was meant to do!

    I feel your pain!
  3. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    Ask the IT team if they have a backup of the network from June last year. They might be able to rescue some documents from that.
  4. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    You, nerak, have been sold a pup.

    Next time insist on seeing these alleged SoWs.

    In the old days though you made it up as you went along anyway. Think of it as a liberation. Do as you please.
  5. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Its quite common for teachers to delete planning.seems some think they own it and and so can take it..maybe even to sell it as a resource.

    Sometimes it removed because maybe they were not good and didn't want to be judged by others, or other remove it because they want you to do your own planning..I had a school remove my planning the day after i left(maybe i was rubbish?)

    Either way you should have had paper copies but if the school failed to collect these then its hard look.Now on supply I often get teachers go off for the day.tell me to teach subjects with no indication of whats been covered or needs covering.....even worse they go off with the englis/maths books to mark..and the children will tell you anything.
  6. doomzebra

    doomzebra Occasional commenter

    Do you not have any resources/SoWs from your previous employment that you can use/adapt?
  7. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    A couple of ideas:

    Flag up to your line manager the situation you have been left in, and explain that as you had been told the planning was there, you have an unexpectedly high workload. Ask whether there is any chance of a day off timetable to enable you to get an outline SoW in place and gather some resources for this half-term.

    Contact other schools and see whether they have a SoW they would be willing to share. Asking in the relevant subject forum on here may get some help.

    To find out what has been covered in previous years, there may at least be a summary somewhere around - some schools have a summary of topics covered which goes out with reports, or maybe there are end-of-unit assessments or something. You could try appealing to all staff - you might discover that Mr Bloggs taught one group a couple of years ago and still has the SoW from then.

    Bombaysapphire's suggestion sounds a good one: hope it works!

    It sounds like the previous teacher did not part on good terms with the school...
  8. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    We old-timers would just make it up on the hoof.

    But that's not very helpful, is it?

    I still could though. And would.
  9. nerak77

    nerak77 New commenter

    dear all,

    it is so nice to know I am not alone...I have been adapting previous SOWs and told SLT but the climb is still so very steep. Thanks for all your support xxx
  10. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    It can be just as hard work, sometimes harder, to follow another teacher's plans although yes, the canny teachers would just adjust a few dates and hand it in to take care of admin nonsense, then teach as they felt fit.

    I'd certainly make the position clear without attacking the last teacher - this is a management issue, they did not check this for you so they can and should give you extra time to make it up.
  11. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I have always been used to doing my own thing but everybody else is right.

    In 2015 you will expect there to be SsoW. You were told this would be the case. Demand extra time/leeway/support. As dumpty says though. No need to criticise your predecessor.
  12. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    I never look at last year's planning. I find it takes too much time to sort through, adapt, change, find resources. I might as well just start from scratch, much quicker. Not very nice of previous teachers to delete everything, though. I see nothing wrong with leaving or giving things to others. I left lots of display things for the next teacher in my year group in July, all nicely laminated and labelled, for the topics for that year. I may not teach that year group again, I may not teach those particular topics again and it saves on paper/laminating/time/energy that can be used for other things.
  13. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    When we 'wrinklies' started it was the expected that you ‘did your own thing’ with minimal input from anyone else, unless you asked for it. Nowadays, for a teacher to show any individuality or creativity can get you card marked very rapidly, as, in many schools, conformity is rigidly enforced. To come into a school at short notice, especially in a one-person department, to find no resources or SoWs would make me very wary of being set up to fail. The erasure of the previous teachers resources and records might suggest a less than amicable departure, so more grounds for watching your back.
  14. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    nerak77: Are you supply or NQT? If NQT presumably you have a professional mentor. Even if you're the only teacher in your subject you should have a line manager.

    Who told you that the SoW was available? Ask them to provide it. Wouldn't a paper record be kept by someone to show to OFSTED?

    My first option (if I decided to stay) would be bombaysapphire's suggestion - ask about ICT network backups from last June.

    Another option is for the school to contact the outgoing teacher and remind them that the school has creative copyright on all work, planning etc created as part of their previous contract and its removal is a breach of something or other. A bit of a long shot I know, but whatever their gripes with management they had no right to s**t on an incoming colleague like that.
  15. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    What subject do you teach?

    Most exam boards produce SoWs you can download, then use TES Resources as well.

    It's not unusual to find this but you have a blank canvas to put your own stamp on things.
  16. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    Assuming the OP is in Secondary, I would suggest looking for support groups/forums specialising in that subject (if it happens to be History, then message me and I may be able to suggest some avenues), if it includes KS4 contact exam boards/use their suggested SoWs on their websites. At a pinch could you contact the previous teacher directly?

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