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Threat of capability...

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Devondumpling369, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. Devondumpling369

    Devondumpling369 New commenter

    I was wondering if anyone could give some advice? I have been told that my teaching is inadequate and I have been given a date for a 'transition meeting' which could result in capability proceedings. I am a bit shell-shocked to say the least. I've been teaching for twenty years and have never had any indication prior to this that I was anything but a good teacher.
    I contacted my union who say this is far from uncommon. New management, UPS and early 50's. There seems to be a pattern. Surely this cannot be fair?
    I would really appreciate any thoughts or previous experience of this sort of thing. Not quite sure what to do next :(
     
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  2. Am_done

    Am_done New commenter

    You have my sympathy and understanding. I was told exactly the same thing just before Oct resignation date.....new management, my age, UPS3, 20yrs experience, all observations and work reviews good. One bad set of results, a bad obs and "support package" was offered)

    Good that you have contacted the union. I did too after I resigned. I know I am not alone. It is totally unfair. It was not just my results that were poor - it didn't just happen to me. I didn't feel I had the strength or the confidence in the system to pass. I resigned in frustration as I was fed up box ticking so others could meet their targets - someone had been told to do something about our department's results.......past competencies disregarded. That upset me most.

    I would clarify (or get union to) is this meeting the start of actual capability process or an "informal" version/package of support (long and short lesson obs, weekly meetings, review meetings at mid/end point)

    I haven't posted before today but have found this forum a source of comfort and a goldmine of info. Sadly, you're not alone.
     
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  3. Brunettegirl

    Brunettegirl Occasional commenter

    I'm really sorry to hear that this has happened to you. Many of us are in the same boat I'm afraid. Feel free to PM me. I'll happily chat.
     
  4. Am_done

    Am_done New commenter

    How do I PM? Couldn't see how to.....
     
  5. Brunettegirl

    Brunettegirl Occasional commenter

    Flippin' eck! So sorry to hear that this happened to you too. There are some people that deny that this does happen and that somehow those of us that have been subjected to this, either deserve it or have almost imagined things such as harassment and bullying. IMHO it's more than a co-incidence that there are so many posters here in the same boat as you have said which is age, UPS and TLR, new management etc.
     
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  6. Brunettegirl

    Brunettegirl Occasional commenter

    Click on your name on the top of the page and find 'conversation'
     
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  7. Am_done

    Am_done New commenter

  8. Devondumpling369

    Devondumpling369 New commenter

    Thank you both for replying. It really is a massively unfair system isn't it. I've been trying to find out as much as I can online, and the general consensus seems to be 'get out.' That's basically what my union have said too. The next step seems to be that they negotiate my leaving. That seems to be safer than staying and risking being dismissed on capability. So basically you can't win. Wow.... I never dreamt I would be in a situation like this. I just want to get on with my teaching and be left alone! I'm not a political person, but I suspect this is all about cost cutting. Dreadful. Perhaps it's best not to be involved in education anymore, it's becoming such a sad place.
     
  9. Am_done

    Am_done New commenter

    I know from my own workplace it's not just me. When I rang my union (just to say this had happened, evidence/testimony for those who it will happen to) they told me it was increasingly common.
    Until that day, I can honestly say I was not bullied. Afterwards I was most certainly not harassed - more ignored! I hadn't seen it coming. Am offended they would rather a series of unknown staff, perhaps not specialists, teach my class! They deemed me good for years then suddenly not - mistakes in their judgement?! No one being held to account for those! Am still angry and betrayed!
     
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  10. Devondumpling369

    Devondumpling369 New commenter

     
  11. Brunettegirl

    Brunettegirl Occasional commenter

    It's a bad business. Ignoring you is a form of bullying and harassment. Imagine if a child that we taught was deliberately and systematically ignored...
     
  12. Am_done

    Am_done New commenter

    Advised to get out - suspect that's what I would have been told. I can see money is tight and a NQT could be full time on my part time salary, but they don't yet have our 20yrs experience. I suspect they will not last until they have that length of experience! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be in this position. When I have told people the sorry tale, they are horrified. Those that do this really do not care. They need to be seen do something and this is the current trend.
     
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  13. izzywhizzal

    izzywhizzal Occasional commenter

    You are exactly right about budget/age/new management. In exactly the same boat. PM me if you wish. Can't divulge too much here for fear of identification. We all need to support each other through such horrendous circumstances.
     
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  14. Am_done

    Am_done New commenter

    Capability won't be on your reference. Start looking for new jobs now - if you want to stay in teaching. My trust has gone.
     
  15. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    If you have previously been OK then how can you suddenly be inadequate. Oh I see you are in your 50s and UPS3 (sounds familiar).

    Yes this is bullying and of course they will tell you that they are 'supporting' you. That will mean you're observed and observed which is pressure and stress in itself.
     
  16. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    In terms of less on observations and subsequent judgements on your teaching see this:
    http://www.cem.org/blog/414/
     
  17. Devondumpling369

    Devondumpling369 New commenter

    I feel we should start a revolution! The UPS 50's band of brothers (or sisters in my case!) What a sorry state of affairs. I guess my next thread should be - 'what does a 50+ ex teacher do to earn a living these days?! Sorry if I sound flippant... but if you don't laugh, you cry :(
     
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  18. Devondumpling369

    Devondumpling369 New commenter

    Totally agree... it's so unfair.
     
  19. Devondumpling369

    Devondumpling369 New commenter

    That makes for interesting reading. Lesson obs are so subjective... what worries me is that the observer can put pretty much what they want - and if you're already feeling beaten down, it's really hard to argue your case.
     
  20. Devondumpling369

    Devondumpling369 New commenter

    And there you have it in a nutshell. And when I'm gone - a new, cheap replacement comes in. Schools are now businesses. What happened to caring about the children as individuals? It seems it's all about the money - though the quote I keep hearing is 'it's all about the children.' Really?!
     

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