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Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by ipswichlatebus, Dec 2, 2019.
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.
How did the school make/get a library if there wasn't one before.
I persuaded the Head to convert the entrance atrium (about the size of 3 classrooms) into a library. Spent about 6,000 on furniture from IKEA and 3,000 on second hand books from charity shops. One of our part-time staff was more than happy to relocate to the library to act as librarian (part of her role is to administer social media, which she can do from any computer), and 6th formers act as volunteer librarians in their frees when she's teaching or not in.
OK the only thing I hate as head of department is when you have to arrange cover for people who need time off or who are sick.
I also hate how I need to change the timetable after Christmas for maths due to someone going on merternaty.
What do u hate as head of department?
The library sounds good and it sounds like u have a good team of people to run it also
Disorganised members of staff (either in my department or elsewhere) and department members ignoring my advice, then coming to me complaining about issues they are having.
How do I redo the timetable when most teacher have full timetables each week. The only reason why I need todo it is because someone is going on merternity
Planning lessons (which have to be pretty good as an example to the rest of the department), marking, meetings, long-term curriculum planning, organising trips, the occasional playground duty, data analysis, and drinking many cups of coffee.