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Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by cj3, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. cj3

    cj3

    Our department has been told that we have to move out of our rooms, to accommodate new courses which will benefit pupils in future. Our school is a split site so we are having to move to the other site, where we think we may have to teach in mobile classrooms - this is an ICT department, so we have concerns about space, network infrastructure, working conditions (classrooms can get very hot in summer with 30 pcs and 30 kids). We are also concerned about the move given all the other changes that are due to take place in the subject from September - meaning lots of SOW rewrites and new courses being introduced. And an impending OFSTED inspection (date tba). But we are trying to see the bigger picture...
    The decision to move the dept was made without consulting us, which we thought was poor management - so we requested a meeting with the Head to ask questions that we had about the proposed move. After giving us the 'headline' reasons for the move (greater choice of subjects for KS5 etc), the head, when pressed, suddenly announced that we were at best only a satisfactory department and he wanted us to move because he wanted to keep an eye on us, or words to that effect. We were taken aback! This is in the context of having achieved 97% A-C with KS4 results (OCR Nationals), though disappointing AS results this year. The judgement that we are only satisfactory is made on the basis that only 2/5 of us achieved 'good' grading in recent lesson observations.I made the point that this was a separate issue to the present meeting about the move - and that we needed another formal opportunity to discuss performance - there has been no formal appraisal of our department's performance as yet (that comes next week) - he said it was all part of the same thing. We were all crestfallen to hear the head say that by any measure, we were at best only satisfactory - it is demotivating and was done in a very clumsy way.
    How do we best respond in this situation?
     
  2. cj3

    cj3

    Our department has been told that we have to move out of our rooms, to accommodate new courses which will benefit pupils in future. Our school is a split site so we are having to move to the other site, where we think we may have to teach in mobile classrooms - this is an ICT department, so we have concerns about space, network infrastructure, working conditions (classrooms can get very hot in summer with 30 pcs and 30 kids). We are also concerned about the move given all the other changes that are due to take place in the subject from September - meaning lots of SOW rewrites and new courses being introduced. And an impending OFSTED inspection (date tba). But we are trying to see the bigger picture...
    The decision to move the dept was made without consulting us, which we thought was poor management - so we requested a meeting with the Head to ask questions that we had about the proposed move. After giving us the 'headline' reasons for the move (greater choice of subjects for KS5 etc), the head, when pressed, suddenly announced that we were at best only a satisfactory department and he wanted us to move because he wanted to keep an eye on us, or words to that effect. We were taken aback! This is in the context of having achieved 97% A-C with KS4 results (OCR Nationals), though disappointing AS results this year. The judgement that we are only satisfactory is made on the basis that only 2/5 of us achieved 'good' grading in recent lesson observations.I made the point that this was a separate issue to the present meeting about the move - and that we needed another formal opportunity to discuss performance - there has been no formal appraisal of our department's performance as yet (that comes next week) - he said it was all part of the same thing. We were all crestfallen to hear the head say that by any measure, we were at best only satisfactory - it is demotivating and was done in a very clumsy way.
    How do we best respond in this situation?
     

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