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Should I get an office for being a head of humanities at a primary school?

Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by teachingking123, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. teachingking123

    teachingking123 Established commenter

    Question is the title.;)
  2. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Never heard of a Head of Humanities at a primary school
    Never heard of a Head of anything at a primary school
    Never heard of anyone having an office in a primary school ( apart from the actual Head-who often shares with the admin staff, I know of one Head who shared his office with the photocopier)

    Delusions of grandeur spring to mind!
  3. teachingking123

    teachingking123 Established commenter

    Sorry @CarrieV. I meant coordinator.
  4. guinnesspuss

    guinnesspuss Star commenter

    Why should you?
  5. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    Can you demonstrate an absolute practical need?
    If so, is there a spare room available, and can you explain why this room's other potential uses are less valuable than as an office for you?
    If no spare room, then can you justify the budget to build one, and explain why the money shouldn't be spent on other needs of the school?
  6. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    If you're going to start these made-up problem threads, at least have the decency to think them out and get it right in your thread title.
  7. teachingking123

    teachingking123 Established commenter

    Yes. Oh yes. I am now quitting the TES. Well done ever so well done!
  8. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

  9. jago123

    jago123 Established commenter

    Head of Humanities at primary school? My My My.....
    I just can't see the need for that role, possibly a 'Co-ordinator' but that's a bit excessive for such a small environment.
    Do the Head of Maths, English and Science have offices? If not, then the answer would probably be no... You could just use your classroom desk. Secondary School HOD's don't have offices neither so can't see why it would be necessary.
    After all, you are just a standard teacher with managerial responsibilities!
  10. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    What exactly are you planning to do in your office ?
  11. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    sabrinakat likes this.
  12. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    I don't think they will hear us Lizzie as apparently they have quit!
  13. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    Like he did last time eh?
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  14. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

  15. dookiedaveuk

    dookiedaveuk New commenter

  16. teachingking123

    teachingking123 Established commenter

  17. teachingking123

    teachingking123 Established commenter

  18. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    @teachingking123 I'm sorry you felt the need to threaten quitting TES because you didn't get the answer you really wanted.

    If there is a space available and it makes your ability to do your role more effective then there is no reason why you could not request it as an 'office'.

    In my first HoD role my 'office' was actually a former toilet with the actual loo removed but the sink and rather ancient sanitary towel incinerator remaining. It was a place to store files with a desk squeezed in though I spent little time there. The biggest ego enhancer was getting the job done well.
  19. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    There's little point in using space on an office that will only be used for an hour a week. If you need somewhere to store resources, that's perhaps a different question, and there might be sense in having somewhere that is where humanities resources are located. On the other hand, if topics are allocated to particular years, it may make more sense for most resources to be stored by the year group concerned, and you may only need a few shelves for more general resources.
  20. BrightonEarly

    BrightonEarly Occasional commenter

    In the rebuild/refurb of our school, all office space for non-core heads of department were taken away. We do have subject based work rooms to share though - the advantage being that you are with your team when free.

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