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Probation fail

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by SMurray15, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. SMurray15

    SMurray15 New commenter

    I started a new role as HOD last year in a department that was on its knees, no SOW, no assessment strategy, no intervention strategy etc etc.
    I managed to pick the department up and developed a motivated, organised team.
    I was told that SLT was extending my probation in the summer and was given targets.
    I completed these and then goal posts suddenly changed in my final probation meeting and I was told that I was to have a dismissal meeting.
    No idea on the grounds and I have certainly not had any support over the past year to develop any weaknesses.
    Apparently schools can do whatever they like over the first 2 years and can dismiss with no grounds.
    Does anyone have any advice/similar experience?
  2. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Do you mean dismissal from school or from thr HoD role? Also are you in the UK as 'probation' is a term we have not used for a long timee
    install likes this.
  3. SMurray15

    SMurray15 New commenter

    Yes in theUK and probation is used at my academy. Could be either dismissal from role or school which would be decided at my hearing. Currently been given the option to go in and teach or not which is wired!
  4. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    Until an employee has two years' continuous service, an employer can dismiss for pretty much any reason they like, unless it's an automatically unfair reason e.g discrimination.
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  5. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    So it looks (from what we have heard) that the school got someone in to sort out a problem and now it is sorted just wants rid!

    I think if it was me a lot of files would 'disappear' just before I left.
  6. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Isn't it dreadful but that thought occurred to me? :eek: Unfortunately too many of us have seen similar happen to so many that we're becoming so sceptical.:(
  7. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Same thought from me too.

    You are possibly expensive, but can do what needed doing.
    They appointed you to get things in order and now want someone cheaper.

    OR you don't work in the way they would like and so want rid.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  8. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    Sorry to hear about that. Did they give the reason why they extended the probation? Usually the conditions to do this are usually limited and should be in your initial contract so it's possible in doing so they may have breached your contract. Other than that it doesn't look great I'm afraid.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  9. install

    install Star commenter

    See Union asap :cool:
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.

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