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Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by ipswichlatebus, Dec 2, 2019 at 8:36 PM.
How many lessons per week do u teach
OId thread on this: https://community.tes.com/threads/how-many-periods-do-hods-teach.763383/
Personally, I teach 25 out of a possible 30 lessons. I'm also not a tutor, which means I effectively get an extra free (split into 5 x 15 min slots). 2 lunch duties on top of that.
So do u have enough time to do HOD duties
22/30 50-minute sessions, and I have tutor time for 40 minutes a day.
Yes, I have enough time to do my duties as Head of Department.
Sort of.... I've got a couple of teachers I would like to be able to support more than I can (as I'm always teaching when they are). Other than that, yes I have enough time.
How do you spend your time
How do u spend your time
Well, when I'm not teaching, I'm: marking; planning; dropping into lessons when I can (especially those classes where there are behaviour issues); messaging parents; occassionally sorting out cover if a department member isn't in; meeting with colleagues to co-plan new units; doing a bit of coursework intervention with Year 11; moderating; keeping an eye on the library on the days when our part-time librarian isn't in; organsing mock exams; touching base with the head about various issues; stock orders.
That's the normal stuff.
This term, I've been running a Philosophy club in one of my lunchtimes, and I've an exchange trip coming up next term, so planning both is taking up a bit of time. Additionally, I'm doing some teacher training at another school in the group and that's taking up quite a lot of time, not least in setting cover for my own classes while I'm away.
So what's the best part of your role?
What's your role, ipswichlatebus?
Acting head of the maths and IT department why you ask.
Honestly? The teaching is what I enjoy most. However, as HoD (and particularly because my Head trusts me completely) I get to teach the syllabi I want, the texts I want, etc, etc. This both reduces my planning workload and increases my enjoyment of teaching (naturally, I extend this freedom to my department as much as possible, though most chose to just do what I do so that they can use my lesson plans). However, I also ensure I get the toughest group in each Year that I teach.
Of the other things, I am really enjoying the teacher-training (especially as the teachers are so grateful and up for it: it would be a different matter if they were resentful and saw it as an unnecessary waste of their time). I also get a warm glow everytime I sit in the library supervising and check out a load of books, seeing as there was no library when I joined the school less than 3 years ago, and now it is a central part of the school, both literally and metaphorically.