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What if your HeadTeacher is rarely on school premises?

Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by morrisseyritual, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. morrisseyritual

    morrisseyritual Occasional commenter

    Our new headteacher joined us about a year ago. Almost since day one she has been out if school, roughly twice to three full days per fortnight, attending this conference, that meeting and another conference. Rumour is that she even attended the English NUT conference - and this from someone who in the past year wants every teacher to provide 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Level documents on how you related you might be to someone whose wedding or funeral you want to attend.
    If we're talking about an HT in school less than three quarters of the year, do we as a staff have recourse to complain about her?
  2. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    How does being out of school two or three days out of ten equate to being there less than three quarters of the year?
    And if we're judging competence by time in the building I assume teachers are giving up the right to work at a time and place of their choosing?
  3. morrisseyritual

    morrisseyritual Occasional commenter

    MCCrone - for secondary teachers - contains the biggest inherent selling of a dog there has been in recent years. A cheeky last period off here, a mischevious lie-in for forty minutes there.
    Most secondary teachers I know are bodily in the school - physically there - 35 hours per week. Being there for classes or imminent classes they have to be. A non-teaching HT (and most are) must have the endorphine levels of a lottery winner, time rich as they are salaried.
    Most "figurehead" work - which I believe the lady in our establishment passes her galavant ing off as "forging links with the local community" is specious to say the least.
    We have to seriously look at the hypocrisies at play. This is not born of professional jealousy - I frankly believe going for promotion in the current climate of the public sector is naive and paints a target on your back - but rather a growing distaste for the increasingly decadent "executive level" culture our thirty-forty something Thatcher's children are forging in schools; blaming indiscipline on the teachers they purport to manage.
    I've even heard David Mamet style pronouncements from deputes to ambitious younger colleagues that they choose between either more time with their family or pursue masters level CPD to aid their career.
    Our new wave of bosses may imagine themselves to be high level private sector, corporate executives but their bottom lip may begin to tremble when reminded that they are not. No amount of TED talks thrown into slide show presentations can match the shoe leather and time old style Heads used to devote to one building, one school. Dictatorial they may have been but they were true captains of their ship.
    Vince_Ulam, Alice K and guinnesspuss like this.
  4. phil-osophy

    phil-osophy New commenter

    Your lucky - less than 50% of time in school in our case.
    We are limited to one cpd out of school a year because 'classes need teaching'. And this throughout all the introduction of N5 and H courses.
    But head of on numerous courses to develop themselves not to mention every authority meeting , ES meeting and special interest meetings.
    But we breath a sigh of relief when they are out because at least then we can get on with the job without being questioned about why we are not implementing the latest udea they have picked up on their cpd course ;-)
    Will the last teacher in the building please switch of the lights....
  5. Effinbankers

    Effinbankers Lead commenter

    Our heedie goes on more courses than Tiger Woods.

    Rumours abound that some of these courses involve Jenners and Debenhams, those bastions of curriculum development. And most happen on a Friday.

    But we never get any stuff "cascaded" downwards (another truly horrible work used in education). We're truly glad when we see there's no car in the heedie space.
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  6. Dominie

    Dominie New commenter

    All local authorities have "whistle blowing" procedures. You should be able to find them on the corporate website. Maybe under HR policies? Another possibility is to ask your Union reps to include a questionnaire for staff about school environment etc when discussing the annual working time agreement. Such a questionnaire should allow staff to comment on matters such as this which clearly affect the school as a whole. Maybe try that first and then become a whistle blower when she refuses!
  7. cochrane1964

    cochrane1964 New commenter

    I'm assuming there are some Renfrewshire teachers on this thread.....
  8. morrisseyritual

    morrisseyritual Occasional commenter

    I don't teach in Renfrewshire, this must be endemic to the country. The SQH has fast made the HT tier a wholly administrative role.
  9. cochrane1964

    cochrane1964 New commenter

    Think it's more than SQH - the role itself has moved from one of real leadership to 'approved leadership' where leadership is all about following advice and policy.

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