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Timetable changes

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by maggie m, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. maggie m

    maggie m Senior commenter

    Need to sound off!!!!
    At present 2 members of the department I work in are on maternity leave, as a result our timetables were all changed at the start of this term so exam classes are taught by permanent staff rather than supply. At half term a 3rd member of the department injured his back and it is unlikely he will return for at least 3 months.

    On Friday afternoon we were all given new timetables, I now have two days when I am expected to teach A level starting at 8am ( period 1 starts at 9 am) and then do 5 x 1hour lessons . I have been told my morning registration at 8.45 will not be covered so I have to cut the A level lesson short . On one of the days in question I also teach through lunch and have break duty so will have no break from 8am until 2.20 pm which I am pretty sure is a breach of my contract. This has also happened to our Physics specialist. I am going to speak to my union rep on Monday but I know my colleague doesn't want to make a fuss. This is a p*** ***** and very unfair on the students and we are not even an academy
  2. kittylion

    kittylion Established commenter

    I would have thought that as they are depending on your good will to start an hour early and have (I presume) more class contact time, the very least they could do would be to excuse you from break duty that day and get someone to cover your register that day too.

    I have often found that SLT can be amazingly oblivious to the conditions of an ordinary teacher on a full timetable because although of course they have lots of extra duties, they do not have the same teaching commitment so can always squeeze ten minutes for a coffee or to go to the loo - which we can't.

    I would also ask if on the day you work through your lunch, if you can have cover even if for 20 minutes to have a drink, something to eat and to go to the loo - I think you must be right in that you should be entitled to a break at some time. I am sure that SLT would not be happy to have continuous class contact time from 8-2.20.

    I think you should just draw up a little list in your head of things like break duty, reg cover etc which would make your life slightly less hectic and ask for them. Then they are in the position of having to say no - which is when I would contact my regional union rep - I am sure your school rep will agree with you.

    You don't have to come across as angry or unwilling to help, just as a reasonable person with a reasonable request. If you and your colleague just accept this, then the same thing will just keep happening.
  3. maggie m

    maggie m Senior commenter

    We work a 2 week timetable so 50 x 1 hour lessons. I already have 44 lessons and hour non contact as I am a form tutor and my 5 hours PPA. The rejigged timetable will give me 46 contact hours although I keep the PPA time but have lost the non contact every other form tutor in school gets.
  4. kittylion

    kittylion Established commenter

    Perhaps you now have the minimum allowed and you used to have one extra, I don't know - but even so a day where you cannot have a break from 8 until 2 needs some rejigging - I don't see how that can be denied.
  5. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    If you are working 6 hours, you are entitled to a break - however that legality would be satisfied by merely switching your break duty to another day.
    Although they may argue that you have your PPA within the timetable, teaching time outside normal timetable time ought to give you a lesson back in lieu somewhere as well. I'm not sure of the legality of insisting you teach before the school day - usually when this happens it is with the consent of the teacher involved and some time back in lieu elsewhere in the timetable. Some staff would be unable to start at 8am - plenty of nurseries don't open that early.
    It can be difficult to cover everything in this sort of situation, but the school ought to, at the very least, recognise that you are going the extra mile, and do what they can: relieve you of your break duties, and your form or a lower school group. Presumably they have maternity cover contracts/supply cover, who, even if they can't cover the exam groups, could relieve you of other work.
  6. greta444

    greta444 New commenter

    I sympathise with you Maggie and can see that you're being put upon. However, try working in primary. We don't have any frees or non-contact apart from PPA. I often don't get a break or get to go to the loo all day.

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