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TLR's, Timetable writing and time.

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by seethestar, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. seethestar

    seethestar New commenter

    I'm a teacher at a pretty normal secondary school who currently holds a TLR for pastoral responsibility...
    I have been asked by my head if I am willing/able to take on the role of "timetabler" (something i have some experience in) for the whole school from September. The timetable is currently written by an assistant head as part of her role, however I I'll be doing it without being part of the SLG.
    However since this job does not have a direct impact on teaching and learning I cannot be offered an increase in my TLR for doing it. Therefore the only option I can see is to reduce my teaching load (which is already reduced due to my pastoral responsibilities) to match the best estimate of the amount of time I will need to spend in planning, constructing and maintaining the timetable across the year. I am keen that since there is no extra renumeration offered that the time "off" is at least equal to the time I will be spending in this new role.
    I would appreciate anyones views on the validity this arrangement, along with anyone's experiences of simular situations in the past. (eg is it the "norm" that a timetabling position is not considered valid for a TLR?)
  2. In our school, the person taking over the timetabling this year didn't receive a TLR for it, but he did receive a one-off payment instead. He also has a reduced timetable - 1-2 periods a week.
  3. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    I think it's not unusual for classes to be reallocated to give the timetabler a very light timetable once year 11 go.
  4. DM

    DM New commenter

    I receive TLR1 for timetabling/curriculum management - of course you can argue that it has a "direct impact on teaching and learning" as presumably you will play a major part in deciding which courses will run, where staff are recruited and much more besides.
  5. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    What are members of SLT doing in these schools where timetabling is being dumped on TLR holders instead?

  6. Crowbob

    Crowbob Senior commenter

    Mastering the art of delegation, it would seem...
  7. ICTGuy2

    ICTGuy2 New commenter

    Is it just the timetabling process that needs to be done or -
    • The curriculum planning
    • The options process
    • The liasing with all of your responsibility holders
    • etc etc etc
    How big is your school? Timetabling can be quite a big job and require lots of meetings with the Head / other members of SLT etc etc
    You could have a spot point on the Leadership spine instead of your TLR
  8. trinity0097

    trinity0097 New commenter

    At my last school, a middle school the Head of Science did the timetable. he was taken off timetable for a week, plus then any other time he needed on top fo this in the summer term after half-term. I do not think that he got paid extra, but they do get a specialist science in to cover his lessons so he doesn't have to prepare and mark the work that is done when he is doing the timetable.
    I do the timetable in my current school, a prep school. I tend to do it evenings and weekends/holidays, but I have managed to secure myself an office this term because of this role and that of beings the exams officer and data type person!
  9. DM

    DM New commenter

    In my school (1650 students, 90 teachers, two sites) none of the members of SLT have the necessary skills or experience. That doesn't mean they are useless or that they have nothing else to do.
  10. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Neither did I, as a young AHT - so I went on a course to learn timetabling, did it alongside the bloke who had done it thus far (and was retiring) and then took over from him. This was the days when using software to do it was in its infancy, so most of the work was done on paper.
    I think it should be a member of SLT's job to do the timetabling, though any other staff who might wish to learn should be encouraged to work with them on it.

  11. seethestar

    seethestar New commenter

    The school is about 1000 students and 70-80 staff along with a consortium across 3 local schools at sixthform level. It's not a small job....

    It looks as if I'll be working closely with a member of the slg who will be doing a lot of the negotiation with departments however it will be up to me to decide option block possibilities etc and logistics as I will probably be the only one with complete oversight of the timetable and all knock on consequences of a decision. The job is currently done by a member of the SLG who is retiring and I have been asked to do the job because I have worked with her in a "I'll volunteer there to get experience" role for the past few years.

    I'ts a role I want to do and am able to do - I just want to make sure I can take the job on a "fair" basis, hence my original question as to arrangements in other schools.
  12. DM

    DM New commenter

    I'll pm you Middle.
  13. If you have a copy of "The Timetabler's CookBook" then Appendix 3 has a discussion of some relevant points.

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