Sorry if this sounds like a moaning post, but need to get some things off my chest I'm a part-time NQT (.5) and get one day off a week due to the sporadic timetable I have been given. Not a huge problem, but on my one day off, (which was confirmed in May last year) I have commitments on that day, be that either family/personal or study related. Anyway, it turns out that parents/open evenings are on my day off. When I approached the subject with (one) of my line managers, I was told that I could request that I don't attend, and it would either be granted or not. Before anyone cracks the whip I totally undertsand the obligations of a teacher, my day does not just end when the bell goes (example is I start at 11am on Wednesday's but am always about from 8am in the school for either pupils/staff or do complete lessons etc.) What I find difficult is that I was given this day off (to suit their timetable) and therefore arranged my other responsibilities on this day, and am being told that I can request not to attend, but it's not a given. This has resulted in me having to bring my to yound children into school while I attended parents evening (they are two and four) and they had to sit in a room, having a rubbish tea watching CBeebies). I then also missed a parents even myself. I just wonder how they would feel if parents/open evenings were moved to a Saturday, would they think it was fair to have to come in on their day off? There is also a bone of contention in relation to one of the subjects I teach. It is a brand new subject (A level) which I have set up, created SOW's, plans, resources etc, contacted exam boards, made contacts with other schools etc, attended open evening to introduce the subject to new prospective pupils, assessments the lot (which I don't mind, been hard going in addition to the other subject I teach) but have relished the oportunity, only to be told that someone how doesn't teach the subject is actually my line manager (have two now ) and that they are going to be HOD for this subject, despite giving me no assistance or even knowing what is going on. God, I sound like a right whinger!! When it's written down, it just looks like I'm moaning about nothing! I love having the responsibilty of the subject, having to find things out for myself etc. Not that I would expect to be a HOD in my NQT year, but to do all this work and not receive any recognition stings. Moan over, soon be Christmas and all that, plus it's wine night.