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Unfair workload?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by stlb11, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. stlb11

    stlb11 New commenter

    I'd be most interested to hear comments on my dilemma please. There are four Learning Leaders in our school, each responsible for a different age group. One looks after year seven, one years eight and nine, one years ten and eleven and I look after the sixth form. We all get paid the same. The others have an essentially pastoral role, and they also have full time administrative support. I am expected to physically police a substantial area of the school which is at the opposite end to my teaching base, provide academic and pastoral support, careers advice, single handedly manage the whole UCAS process, deal with admissions and loads of other stuff too. We were recently inspected and were found, quite rightly, to be in need of improvement across the board. Whilst I might agree with the report, it has resulted in even more work for me in attending SLT meetings, challenging teaching in sixth form lessons etc etc. Obviously I will do whatever needs doing in the short term, but I'd like to know if I've got this wrong, or if others think that this is a little unfair. I would have thought that most 'proper' heads of sixth forms were full members of SLT, with the pay and opportunity for progression that this might offer. I seem to be expected to offer all of the commitment for none of the benefits, whilst my supposedly equal colleagues have picked up no extra work and were not publicly criticised in the inspection report. Any thoughts? At the moment I am inclined to tell them to find someone else to do it all.....
  2. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    In my independent school, the head of 6th form is NOT a member of SLT, nor in my previous schools either. They were classroom teachers with additional, specialised skills. As were heads of year as well.

    I'd suggest focusing on what the inspection report stated was lacking and perhaps liaise with similar colleagues in other schools to get advice and information, but suggesting that your responsibilities are 'more' important is pretty unprofessional, e.g. a Y9 tutor has to deal with GCSE options while a Y10 or Y11 tutor has pastoral and academic concerns. Sorry but as I teach across the various KS 3, 4 and 5, I really don't like your idea that 6th form is what matters.....
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2016
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  3. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Head of 6th Form isn't on SLT in my school (LA school with large 6th Form).
  4. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    I don't see why a Head of Sixth Form should be on SLT. I presume that "learning leader" means Head of Year/Sixth Form?

    Maybe relinquish the role and return to teaching. I know my teaching duties are tiring enough, and I wouldn't be able to carry them out to my personal satisfaction were I doing other jobs on top
  5. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    It depends on how big your sixth form is. On top of that it also depends how much management time you get in comparison with the other heads of year.

    I will hazard a guess here. Number one I bet the sixth form is smaller than the number of kids in the year groups your colleagues have. I also wonder whether or not you get more free periods anyway.

    As a pastoral leader myself I would also assume that your assumption that all the HoY are doing is 'pastoral' is incorrect. I do data trawls, organisation of PSHE, mentoring of students etc. on top of my HoY responsibilities.

    I do think you can expect a degree of admin support though, in particular with your UCAS applications and applications for sixth form. I wonder whether you are being totally honest here in saying you have none.

    I don't see how it should be an SLT role, any more than being head of Y11 (what in all honesty is probably more of a responsibility in my eyes)
  6. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    I personally don't see why you should be SLT if I'm being honest. However, if 'policing' an area of the school opposite to your teaching base (assuming this is not the sixth form common area) is a big issue, could you not swap with one of the other HoYs?

    If you are still not happy, as they say, if you can't beat em, join em and try and get promoted to SLT.
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  7. pixiewixiepixie

    pixiewixiepixie Occasional commenter

    Stop moaning or leave. Your school has been rated poorly for a reason and you need to up your game and put a few more hours in each day to turn things around. You are letting the side down by moaning. You have options - leave.
  8. applecrumble09

    applecrumble09 New commenter

    In my current and previous school Head of sixth form was also a member of SLT. Assistant Heads with responsibility for the sixth form. In my current school there are also Heads of year for both 12 and 13.
  9. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    as education is now through to 18, you are just another head of year. And consider yourself lucky that you have not been replaced with an admin bod on half the money as is happening around here. But the list of tasks does seem excessive. Being expected to police part of the school far from where you teach is typically bonkers in some schools.
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  10. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    likewise in mine. Difference is though that we are a far larger than average sixth form, and a larger than average school on the whole. From what I imagine from the post I bet that the sixth form is small. Similarly the school role as a whole in order to have HoY with multiple years.
  11. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Who is your line manager on. SLT? I wonder if you could talk about how to manage your workload?

    Because the issue surely is how to ensure that the work is carried out effectively for the benefit of the students and for your sake too.

    It's not a question of what work other people do, not of what status other people have. If you bring up either of those two points it could sound like It's not fair, Miss!

    Best wishes

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  12. purplecarrot

    purplecarrot Senior commenter

    Ive not heard of heads of 6th form being on SLT. But ive known them have reduced teaching loads and an assistant as well as some flexibility around key times eg u as etc.
  13. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    I have known at least 2 schools do this!
  14. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Do you all have the same non-contact time? That could account for the fact that you appear to have more to do.

    None of us really knows what our colleagues have to do. But if your workload is too onerous then just ask for more clerical help. Plus swap your crowd-control with someone else.

    SLT? I think my last manager (Head of Post 6) was on the extended team but not SLT.
  15. stlb11

    stlb11 New commenter

    Thanks for all the comments on this. I wondered if I was being unreasonable and it looks like that might well be the case. I do have the same number of non contact periods as my colleagues, and I can't swap policing duties because none of them are responsible for actual physical areas of the school. I also have more kids in my year groups. However, I fully accept that maybe the best thing to do is to stop whinging and get on with it! Thanks again!
  16. stlb11

    stlb11 New commenter

    Thanks for this. I'd just like to clarify that my sixth form is bigger than the other year groups, we all have the same amount or in some cases I have fewer free periods, and none of my colleagues are responsible for PSHE or anything similar. We all do assemblies though, two each week. I am responsible for D of E and EPQ, as well as my own subject commitment. I can assure you that I am being truthful when I say I have no administrative support. It really is just me. None of my colleagues are expected to 'police' areas of the school apart from their regular break time duties, but as the sixth form block is in seperate accommodation, I am deemed to be responsible for it, so every non contact period, break and lunch time! My question about it being an SLT role really stems from the fact that a lot of the decisions I have to make could either be made quicker, or things could just be managed more effectively if I didn't have to constantly have to refer things on. I work closely with the other heads of years, so I do know what they do in school. Having said all that, we are still a small school and I think I am guilty of too much whinging, so I do appreciate your comments. I wanted some different viewpoints and it's certainly made me put things in perspective a bit. Here's to recharged batteries after Easter!
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