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Subject Leaders allocation.

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Elsie Teacher, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. Elsie Teacher

    Elsie Teacher New commenter

    Hello I've been teaching for 20 years across the primary age range and in the same (very small) school for 10. Our Literacy leader left unexpectedly and a colleague stepped in, although she is soon to go on maternity leave. I said to the head that I would have liked to have taken on this role, as it is my subject specialism etc. It would make sense for me to pass Science on to another teacher, who recently taught secondary Science. However, today I discovered that one of our new teachers, an NQT last year, wants to 'shadow' the Literacy leader, with a view to taking on Literacy when she is on maternity leave. Being Literacy leader is a big role. It doesn't seem fair that a new and inexperienced teacher should have that responsibility handed to them on a plate. It is a huge career boost. She has no EYFS or KS1 experience, no Phonics training etc. She has only just begun to lead DT.
    Our Maths lead has only been teaching for 4 years, but she is great. Am i just feeling old and jealous? My husband asks why I would want the extra work. I suppose it is a status thing ( and I have a passion for language and literacy.)
    It will be hard having these newbies observing me for Maths and Literacy, when they have no idea what to look for in Reception. I have been graded outstanding by my head and Ofsted, but I'm feeling a bit shunted out. I feel that they will now be the SLT. I'm only 43 and not ready to retire yet, but as an expensive teacher, it will be hard to move on.
    Shall I say something tomorrow, or let it go?
  2. whitestag

    whitestag Senior commenter

    Others may advise differently but personally, I'd let it go. It's a lot of extra work to take on and unless you were looking at management roles soon, I'd let the newbies take on the extra burden, if that's what they want. If they offer you 'feedback' then smile sweetly and then forget all about it. However, they should not be 'judging' you as a teacher, that is not the role of a subject leader.

    I've been trying to get rid of my subject for ages and it's only PE! I just want to concentrate on my class :D
  3. Elsie Teacher

    Elsie Teacher New commenter

    Thanks Whitestag. I think you're right. I just needed to offload.
  4. JoyceClarke

    JoyceClarke New commenter

    I am totally agree with Whitestag, you will be overloaded with new more things and responsibilities if you accept this.
  5. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    I can see why you would be interested in taking on the role. Sometimes extra responsibility sounds appealing when you have been working for a while in one place. Take your time to consider the extra workload and whether it would be worth it for the interest and status.

    How did you hear about the new teacher's interest in shadowing the current leader? You wrote that she "wants" to do this; does this necessarily mean that it is a done deal, or is it simply that she has expressed an interest in taking on the role? Is the head aware that the new teacher is interested?

    If you feel you would like the role then it is certainly worth making it known to the relevant people (head, maybe current leader) that you are interested. They may not decide in your favour, but that is the point at which you should let it go, not now. Otherwise you may end up feeling resentful, undervalued, and/or dissatisfied with your work life - which is not the way to end a long stint in a school.
    wanet likes this.
  6. teacup71

    teacup71 Occasional commenter

    During performance management have you expressed a desire to move into SLT?

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