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No TLR - asked to plan for other teachers

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by international_muso, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. international_muso

    international_muso New commenter

    Due to a restructure of classes and an increase in student numbers there is a surplus of teaching hours in my subject. I am the only teacher of the subject and do not get a TLR.

    The solution to this has been to role in other teachers of other subjects to teach a few hours of key stage 3 per week. My head of faculty has asked me to do all of their planning, for the entire academic year with all resources as they are not subject specialists; the subject (which is practical) will also be taught in non-specialist rooms and will be written-based.

    I’m apprehensive to do this as I don’t have a TLR, I have requested one several times but have been told it’s not possible.

    Can I be forced to do the planning for the other teachers when I am not officially responsible for the subject? My contract states that I am a “teacher” responsible for my own planning, and not the subject.
  2. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    In a large department, planning is sometimes shared around; if the year 7 scheme of work is being rewritten, for instance, each teacher might take on one unit and do the bulk of the planning. I realise you're not getting the payback of someone else planning other units for you, but it does show that people often plan for lessons other than their own.

    Who would be able to do it if you don't? And given that presumably you will be the one who teaches those who take GCSE, would you rather have some influence over what they are taught at KS3 - both so they are adequately prepared, and so that they are encouraged to take the subject.

    The idea that they might be taught an entirely non-practical/written curriculum is a bit alarming. Could you not work it so that they swap into your specialist room for some lessons? It might be better for all classes in a year group to do half-and-half than some all and some none.

    If there's going to be a lot of new planning to be done, you might reasonably ask for some time off timetable to do this, and perhaps also for some inset time to talk with your colleagues about what they're delivering. I'm guessing that because you're asking now, this was landed on you too late to use gained time last term.

    My daughter's school have solved this problem a different way: year 9s choose between music/drama/dance - and I suspect that this is because otherwise they'd have too many lessons for the drama and music teachers to be able to deliver.
    JohnJCazorla likes this.
  3. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    If they won’t give a TLR for being essentially a teacher I/c of music, then vote with your feet and look for a new role...

    Can you refuse? Don’t know, but the knock on effect is going to be inter faculty tension and pupils being badly taught that will affect your take up rate.
    JohnJCazorla likes this.
  4. meggyd

    meggyd Lead commenter

    Are you teaching these year groups too? Then I think it is reasonable to ask you to share planning and resources. If not no. No way.
  5. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Time off timetable to do this might be a sensible alternative, although whether this is possible is another matter. According to STPCD, you cannot be held responsible for results if you do not have a TLR, but I suspect that you can be asked to plan.
  6. mrandmrsscience

    mrandmrsscience New commenter

    I don’t see how you can be asked to plan for other people? Share and suggest yes, but otherwise your doing half a role on top
    Of yours and that should be done by a learning director or similar

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