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Planning for colleagues

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by MrsArmitage, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. MrsArmitage

    MrsArmitage Occasional commenter

    I am going to have to be vague here to avoid identifying myself!
    I am the sole teacher of a subject at GCSE and have no TLR or other elevated position. Apparently I am line managed by another member of staff, but they have never darkened my door! I have been told that given the increase in uptake for my subject, another member of staff will be teaching it alongside me in September. As of yet, no one has told me who this person is, but I am guessing that like me, they are not going to be a subject specialist. My dilemma is this; as a classroom teacher with no TLR or reduced timetable, am I going to be expected to plan lessons for another teacher? I have a funny feeling that this person may well be a member of Da Management.
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Hopefully you will be able to work together to plan and deliver the subject.
  3. MrsArmitage

    MrsArmitage Occasional commenter

    I'd like to think so_ but as I have been told by rhwe timetabling manager that this member of staff is likely to come from a totally different subject area, there is an expectation I would spend an hour a week planning their lessons and going through them with them. Possibly marking their exams too.I already teach three subjects; two at GCSE and am drowning in my own work and a timetable already at the Max. What do I do? I am already stressed about Sept ember.
  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    You definitely shouldn't be planning for anyone else, nor going through a lesson with them, nor marking their exam work. Unless you are given time to do this.
    They are a professional, just the same as you, and have from now until Sept to get up to speed with their new subject. They cannot expect someone else to do their work for them.

    Speak to the person who is your line manager and to your union,
  5. MrsArmitage

    MrsArmitage Occasional commenter

    I am bricking it at the thought of talking to 'The Line Manager,' but you are right I need to voice my concerns.
  6. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    You had to blag it? So can they.

    If you have PPA time together you could plan jointly OR one could plan and the other could mark or whatever. But a fair division of labour. Not you doing more than your fair share.

    Don't go in all guns blazing. Just enquire innocently and take it from there.
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  7. thenorris

    thenorris New commenter

    I used to work with a lady who did not teach my subject, yet because it was PSHE we used to include Career, Citizenship etc.

    We always had a meeting and Careers took up a lot of the time.

    Whenever we taught the other two subjects, she was lost. I used to write on the SoW, "Please see me one week before you are to teach this lesson if you find this difficult".

    Every week, without fail, in the staff room I got "What are we doing this week?".

    My advise, show them your SoW, let then pick and choose and then, if there is a problem, have a chat in a department meeting. It seems only fair that this should happen.

    If they do not plan for their lessons, why should it come back on you?

    (PS, love the Will Riker avatar.)
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  8. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    "there is an expectation I would spend an hour a week planning their lessons and going through them with them"

    Perhaps this time will be timetabled, and come out of your current teaching time. Otherwise, just make sure you have your scheme of work in a form you can pass on to them.
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  9. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    OP, I'd start looking for another job. You can tell your HT that you are looking because you don't feel the expectations on you at present are reasonable. Make it clear you will continue to look for another post in the autumn if not successful this term - the fact you may leave at Christmas may well make them realise just how unsustainable their 'planning' for the curriculum (I use that word loosely) is.

    FWIW if you don't kick up a fuss, they'll assume you are fine with this. I would - if the situation you fear occurs - simply give the other teacher a copy of your SoW and a reading list and tell them you'll discuss it with them in September when they have informed themselves about the subject & course. Sink or swim....
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  10. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    I agree that if you don't kick up a fuss your managers will assume you are fine with the arrangements they have made. Also, I would seriously start looking for another job and put it to the head in the terms suggested above.
  11. MrsArmitage

    MrsArmitage Occasional commenter

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  12. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    If I was where you are, I would be hoping for some of these expectations to be recognised in time, or a relaxation of other responsibilities.
    I would draw the line at marking someone else's exams - quite apart from the unreasonable time demands, they will not know what the pupils found difficult - like everyone else I found marking exams tedious but important.

    I would be sharing the scheme of work, and resources already available. I would be open about letting the colleague cherry pick what they taught. I would be happy to spend some time with the colleague - but if they're management they should have all the skills to plan and teach the lessons. If they haven't they shouldn't be there or messing up your curriculum area.
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  13. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Refer them to your line manager.

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