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Resigning from TLR?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by shellary, Jul 3, 2017.

  1. shellary

    shellary New commenter

    I'm after some advice about whether it is possible to resign from a TLR responsibility (Year group leader) but remain as a class teacher? Would I have to resign from my whole post? Or is it up to individual headteachers? Thanks in advance :)
  2. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    I know that in my own school (an independent) that a previous HOY did step down, but it depends on your contract and HT, I would think.
  3. Trendy Art

    Trendy Art Star commenter

    Would you know if there is a natural successor within your school? That would make it easy for the head to swap your post and to a teaching timetable. Otherwise, as we end the academic year, the head would have to reshuffle and that may not be possible because of the disruption it could cause. I don't think you would have to resign outright - otherwise the school would be a teacher short (on the assumption you're in primary).

    Talk to the head and be prepared to express the reasons to them as positively as you can (as you've not mentioned them here). You lose nothing from opening the conversation - if that is sincerely what you want.
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  4. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    As said above - best advice is to talk to your HT and explain you no longer wish to undertake the additional duties that the TLR is paid for.

    They will, most likely, either be pleased or try to talk you out of it, dependent on your circumstances.
    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  5. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    You can resign a TLR but I'd guess that you'd need to give the same notice as for the day job (ie. you can be stuck there until Christmas).

    Also is there a worst case scenario? The HT lets you step down with immediate effect, stops paying you the TLR, and then all staff and pupils treat you like you're doing it anyway as there is no replacement. This depends on who wants to step up and how kind and thoughtful the head is.
    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  6. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    You can't technically resign the TLR without resigning the post. In practice, provided they can find someone else on the current staff to take on the TLR, most heads will allow it.
    If there is nobody suitable already on the staff, they'd need to look externally, and so then they would need your whole post to advertise, and you'd also have to stick with it until Christmas. (That's more likely in secondary, where the pool of suitable people for any given responsibility is smaller. In primary, it's easier as there's probably someone on the staff ready for promotion - although you've left it rather late if they would need to switch year groups and classes have already been allocated.)
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  7. lulu57

    lulu57 Lead commenter

    It's completely up to the Head and the governing body - if they can find somebody on the staff to do it instead of you (-who is good enough to do it -) they might agree. All you can do is ask - in writing. I did it.
    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  8. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide


    Yes, this. [The missing thumbs up symbol]

    You cannot unilaterally resign just the your TLR. People cannot resign bits of their job and go off and do a different job in school without the head's agreement. Your only right under your contract is to resign your whole job.

    But if the head agrees then any changes to your job are possible. It needs both sides to agree it though. In practice heads are usually willing to consider this rather than force an unwilling TLR postholder to continue doing it. The key to getting the head's agreement isn't your needs but who can take over the role.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2017
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  9. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Ah, yes. The scenario whereby nobody is paid to perform the tasks. But guess what? The tasks will have to be done anyway!

    Just ask. And watch out for the following:
    "That's a shame but I think we can accommodate you. I shall probably have to ask Norman/Norma to take it on. But you're SOOOO good at the thingummabobbets that I simply must ask you to carry on with THAT particular task. I'm sure you'll want to. You know. A bit of good will goes a long way, eh?"
  10. cheesypop

    cheesypop Senior commenter

    Also, consider how many non-contact periods you get for the role and how your timetable may be filled if you no longer do it...
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  11. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    This isn't true. You can't resign part of your job unilaterally
  12. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    Hadn't read the whole thread. Of course, the advice from @Rott Weiler is spot on.

    Another case on this thread of people offering *advice* without having a clue of what they are on about, sadly.
    wanet and Piranha like this.
  13. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    Yes, everyone has said it. It's up to the HT/ governing body. Usually though the Head will say ok if there's someone to take on the role. When I resigned my TLR I put the feelers out in the department and knew there would be at least 2 candidates before I asked the HT.

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