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Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by teachingking123, Nov 16, 2015.
How many HODs in a secondary school have their own office? (That is not a cupboard!)
OP, if you're still reading TES; ignore these people.
They obviously have no experience of working in a large primary school. I used to teach at a school which had a Primary HoD for Music, Primary HoD for Art, Primary HoD for PE, and a Primary HoD for MFL. Each Primary specialist subject had at least 4 or more specialist teachers in it. 1 Campus. Several form entry for each Year Group in Primary.
And yes, each Primary Head of Department had an office.
Please don't let these people with limited experiences of primary schools put you down.
You deserve your office, if there is enough space for one and you can justify it.
OP, you can, of course 'ignore these people'. However, most of them are well-respected posters, with many years experience of primary education.
To add my own two-pennoth, I have over 30 years experience of primary teaching. In my time, I have been head of music, head of PE, head of Literacy and head of ICT in various posts. In none of these have I had, or needed, an office. The nearest I got was the PE cupboard (useful for hiding at lunchtimes), the music room (ditto) and the ICT suite, where I was usually mending something.
I have never known a primary school with HoD offices - staff who work in any such establishment should consider themselves extremely fortunate!
Many years experience of primary education, yet they have never seen a big primary school that has offices for Specialist HoD.... They don't sound very well travelled.
I have taught at 3 primary schools, and 2 had offices for Specialist HoDs. Granted, it's not common. But OP should ignore the negative posters in this thread.
As an experienced HT in a large primary school we do not have HoDs. In fact I have never come across them. After the a eastern holidays I shall ask my subject leaders if they want to be known as HoDs with a staff of 1!
So in answer to the original question why do you need an office?
Like others on here I'm Primary trained though spent most of my career in Middle Schools and even in those most HoDs didn't have offices- filing and cupboard space yes. Even many DHs had little more.
To be honest when would you have time to use an office? Even many DHs have pretty nearly a full-timetable and would only use it before or after school and then can use their ordinary classrooms.
The OP was a wind up!
Yeah, you are an experienced HT in 1 school. Obviously you wouldn't call your particular subject leaders "HoD". However, there are some schools that actually have 4 or more primary teachers of PE, Music, Languages etc.