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South of Spain, bullying at work ?

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by volvere, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. volvere

    volvere New commenter

    if there is a fire breathing dragon involved unfortunately at the moment you will find yourself burnt and compromised; morally, economically and professionally. If passing that threshold holds no fears you maybe the long awaited saviour of this downcast and benighted realm !!
     
  2. vayacohones

    vayacohones New commenter

    I have just heard that the three teachers who parted ways (how lucky they were !!) from the saintly school have set up their own enterprise with matriculation to their school already open. The word from within the school is that some of the brightest parents have already signed up and that many more will be joining them.

    If true, it couldn´t happen to a nicer bunch of business sharks. Has anyone any experience of this sort of thing happening in other parts of the world as I imagine it might be a first for Spain.
     
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  3. ejclibrarian

    ejclibrarian Established commenter Community helper

    Does it have a cryptic name so we can search for it?
     
  4. vayacohones

    vayacohones New commenter

    something to do with a mythical avian which is given to regeneration
     
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  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    This new college even has a FB page . . . Good luck to them!

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  6. vayacohones

    vayacohones New commenter

    the longest journey begins with a FB page
     
  7. WelshMags

    WelshMags New commenter

    Any updates on what's happening at this school?
     
  8. volvere

    volvere New commenter

    New management have been hired to paper over the cracks and to issue the standard platitudes about the school looking to continue to improve blahabla. It beggars belief that anyone with an ounce of self respect would apply for a job at one of these outfits unless of course they had no other options.

    At present the working environment could most kindly be termed dysfunctional although there are still some professional and hard working staff they are rapidly becoming the minority as cheaper and cheaper replacements are being sought. If you are still not put off you will always find a job with this group.

    Until they find someone cheaper that is.
     
  9. WelshMags

    WelshMags New commenter

    Will definitely steer clear! Thanks for the update.
     
  10. volvere

    volvere New commenter

  11. vayacohones

    vayacohones New commenter

    So the change the owners denied was going to happen has happened. The sacked teachers who won their court cases can now point to the latest developments and be vindicated once again. Leopards and spots. The latest incumbents had asked to have the ground cleared before they arrived. More culling to come. The taller poppies will be cut down.

    Accountants algorithms and projections with their rates of change affecting rates of change spit out the idea that reforming the packaging/marketing for the majority of consumers has a greater impact on sales than changing the quality of the internal product.

    Many parents don´t care about the education of their kids so long as the marketing is right. The ill wind that blows no good has come to town.
     
  12. nollaig

    nollaig New commenter

    know what you mean, bring in cheap inexperienced/retired/non-uk nationals and pull the wool over everyones eyes. Then make it all sound too good to be true all over again :) which of course it will be
     
  13. volvere

    volvere New commenter

    what does one do though ? a member of staff mentioned that they were going to leave and were told by the latest director (gone in a few months of course, just like the rest (though none of them seem to have been aware that it was they with the mark on their back all the while)) that they would not be entitled to any pay during the summer months. Ufff long sentence, the english department will tear me apart with their clauses.

    This from someone who knows zilch about spanish labour law still feels cocky enough to come out with such c*rp does not bode well for the new set-up whose philosophy, inverted commas, she will of course have been privy to. The new head was quite trenchant when challenged about the legality of her stance so the teacher withdrew the resignation.

    The cynic in me suspected as much and so now feels wholly justified in not giving notice and simply disappearing into the international schools ether when September comes.
     
  14. blue451

    blue451 Occasional commenter

    Thing is, the bottom line for this group is profit.
    When this all kicked off last year, angry parents were threatening to remove their children from the school in protest.
    Management must believe that, whatever money they've lost through losing students has been more than compensated by the cheaper wage bill they achieved .
    That doesn't make it right, of course, but without enough parental backing, in deeds not words, I think you're fighting a losing battle.
     
  15. nollaig

    nollaig New commenter

    too true,

    the new owners are based in London or some other offshore ghetto :) and are now sinking to the level of the other schools on the costa with new teachers being given 10 month contracts. One can only imagine the quality of candidate whose cv lands on the table of our new head. And what does it say about a head who has to walk past a loong line of heads stuck on the stakes of the school railings each day on the way into work. The latest candidates to join us are what you would expect when taking into account the conditions they have been offered and so it goes. The students suffer so that shareholders pick up the profits in Regents park.

    On a brighter note our former colleagues who set up a 6th form college have taken our best students (weeps) and are going from strength to strength as word of mouth in these parts is everything.

    Is there room in this town for a for profit only school and an alternative ? Are there any other stories of teachers standing up to **** standards, setting up a new school and slaying the dragon.. or is it all just fairy tales and big finance wins out every time :)
     
  16. blue451

    blue451 Occasional commenter

    Out of interest, how does the new 6th form college manage A-level Science teaching? Does it have labs?
     

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