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Not a one trick pony

Discussion in 'Education news' started by David Getling, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. David Getling

    David Getling Senior commenter

    Well, I thought I'd seen all the evil, despicable schemes that headteachers come up with to screw their staff, but I've just seen a new one.

    One of my students has had to reschedule her lessons with me to a later time. Instead of employing the right number of teachers to cover all the lessons, it appears that this headteacher has scheduled quite a few 6th form lessons for after school. So he/she can now provide enough lessons by making the teachers work extra hours, rather than having the appropriate number of them.

    Not sure whether this trick takes the biscuit. Last year one headteacher moved the Easter holidays so he wouldn't have to pay some of the school staff for a bank holiday.

    I'm starting to wonder whether politicians and lawyers are going to lose their position as the most hated and despised.
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  2. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Sounds familiar... we had the announcement recently that year 11 classes in a certain subject will take place after school.

    Doubt anyone is getting paid more.
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  3. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Simply appalling but this type of thing will only increase as more and more students need to be taught by fewer teachers.
  4. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    This had started for some (minority) A level courses before I retired 4 years ago.
  5. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    We had some A level chemistry and physics classes scheduled for after school, from 3:30 to 5:30. None of us got a penny piece for doing so, or compensated for these extra periods in our normal timetables. Is was counterproductive as far as the students were concerned, as some did not turn up and so fell behind. Most annoying and time wasting was the lack of technician cover for these twilight sessions, which meant we had to prepare are own equipment
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017
  6. David Getling

    David Getling Senior commenter

    Jolly Roger, I take my hat off to that headteacher! Give the man a leading role in Despicable ME 4. He really knows how to screw his teachers. Without technician support, if there's practical work involved then science teachers could be hit for twice as long as those stolen 2 hours.
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  7. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

  8. happilyconfused2

    happilyconfused2 New commenter

    There is a thread about A Level contact hours being cut in some schools.

    These days schools are all about cost savings whilst still trying to do well in performance tables.
  9. install

    install Star commenter

    Get advice from someone you trust. You should be allowed to come in later or go home earlier on other days to pay back the time. Do not allow this to go unchallenged - otherwise it may go on year after year.:cool:
  10. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

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  11. David Getling

    David Getling Senior commenter

    Unlike every other school, whose holidays didn't include Easter Monday, this charming head moved his schools holidays by one week, so they did. So I'm told, this head loves money more than his own mother.
  12. turkith

    turkith New commenter

    It almost sounds like you're talking about the school I work at...after school lessons are now common in at least five subjects, with Year 11 English after school and Year 10 Maths after school. We've had so called 'Period 7' lessons in my subject for four years now, but have been given TOIL for the last three; not sure about the other subjects though. And Easter was a week off from all other schools in the area last year which was great for all teachers trying to arrange childcare when they were teaching...

    Sadly, at my school at least, this seems to the way forward :(
  13. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Errrrr How do you think teacher salaries are calculated?
    It would be utterly irrelevant to the budget and to teacher pay whether they had Easter weekend in their Easter holiday or not.
  14. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    This might be true of teachers but many of the ancillary staff are only paid for the days they work.
  15. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    But Easter Monday is a Bank Holiday. Regardless of when the 'Easter 'holidays take place, no school is open on Easter Monday or Good Friday. In this LA, the 'Easter' holidays for the few LA schools left are always the first two weeks of April. If Easter falls outside of that, then Good Friday & Easter Monday are still holidays - schools lose the extra days off some other holiday (probably summer). So it makes no odds to ancillary staff's salaries.

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