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When You Just Want to Sceam!!

Discussion in 'Independent' started by Ro13, May 9, 2020.

  1. Ro13

    Ro13 Occasional commenter

    After all the hard work of Zoom teaching, the long hours setting it up, the time spent marking, the fact it has been running smoothly & only 4 teachers teaching, we are covering every lesson across the school (except P.E). After all this and the initial praise and happiness from parents, two weeks on and we get an email from the junior parents who have been in 'Their WhatsApp Group' & have concerns & suggestions!! They completely contradict themselves in their email. In one sentence they state that the homework set for science is asking children to research on the internet & they don't want their children exposed to anymore screen time than needed. Fine I understand that, but then they go on to ask if there is a possibility of teaching online in line with the normal school day!!
    They want us to sit there while the children complete the work set so that they know they are fully engaged from 9am to 3.30pm!!!
    Sorry but am I being thick here, but doesn't that involve more screen time.

    I want to add that the ring leaders of this email tried to incite parents to refuse to pay fees and also one is a Pilates instructor who sent her child (an only child) into school trying to state she was a keyworker, working from home teaching her lessons!!! Not wanting to cast aspersions on every parent, as I know this will be two specific year groups in the juniors, but this reeks of those parents that are lazy parents, those who don't want to sit their child down, after the Zoom lesson, and just keep them on task. These are children who love learning, we aren't talking lazy children here, the homework I am receiving proves that!!

    It makes me want to scream and beg to be put on furlough because the teachers that are on furlough have full wage as my head is making the 20% up.
  2. CabbageWhite20

    CabbageWhite20 Occasional commenter

    We are doing the full day with live online lessons and recordings so those who can’t join in live (overseas etc.) can do the work at another time. I see it from both sides, as teacher and parent, and it is pretty full on.
    It sounds like your school would need to reduce the number of staff on furlough to offer a full live timetable, so if reducing costs as far as possible is top of their agenda that might mean you stay as you are.
    one thing I do know though is that in terms of ‘feeling they are getting their money’s worth’ (not saying what you do isn’t valuable) parents seem to like the live provision. Schools near us who are not offering live teaching are getting far more complaints and parent complaints about fees. We also have the heftiest fee reduction around too though.
    Good luck. There’s no easy route at the moment and lots of stressed people looking for something to rail against.
  3. Ro13

    Ro13 Occasional commenter

    My head did give parents a reduction in fees for summer term. She definitely would need extra staff because each of the four of us have a full work load. I think the parents feel that when the children haven't got a lesson, neither have we! I'm teaching 7 half hour sessions from 9 to 1.30, Mon to Fri. I'm teaching all the English, Humanities, PSHE & Art across the whole school Year 1 to 6. Then I have marking & prep. I normally teach Tues to Friday (Mon off) in school so 28 hours, but almost full time now and no extra money for it.
    I just wish parents could see how hard we are working at the moment.
  4. CabbageWhite20

    CabbageWhite20 Occasional commenter

    Well, it doesn’t sound as if you can do any more but your Head is going to need to think about this carefully. From a parent perspective, they’re still paying a lot of money and they’ve a right to want full days I suppose (though not necessarily a right to have them). It sounds like your Head might have cut costs a bit too far (maybe out if necessity - was the school struggling financially before all of this?).
    Out of interest, are you now teaching pupils you weren’t teaching before? Although I’m sure you’re doing a great job, if I was a parent that wouldn’t cheer me up. I’d want continuity.
  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Your head teacher could think about rotating staff on furlough to give everyone a break.
    If the announcement comes that we won't be back until September, then swapping the staff working and those on furlough for next half term could be an option.
  6. Ro13

    Ro13 Occasional commenter

    We are a small independent school, 92 pupils in total. I have my own form class, but all teachers teach specialist subjects across the school. In a normal school week I teach Creative Writing to year 3 (my form) & 6, humanities to year 5, art to year 4 & 6, PSHE to year 6 but I have fair bit of specialist training in this. I teach comprehension to year 3. Drama to 5 & 6, vocabulary to 3 & 4, English Lit to 3 & 6. In general parents know we are very qualified to teach across school. EYFS & KS1 I teach vocab to but used to teach in KS1 in state school, though this was 7 years ago!!

    Our numbers went down last year, not sure if Brexit caused this as we are a, very, multicultural school.

    I don't think the email is reflecting all classes, just two & we have had issues with these two parents, stirring others up, before. My parents from my form group have said how happy they are. The biggest problem is, my head owns the school which she opened 34 years ago, she is a very well respected Maths teacher with a PSHD in Mathematics, but she is starting to wonder if the stress is worth it. I love my job & the children, but I fear we may not reopen in September, if parents take this stance :(. Our transfers to private & grammar schools have always been outstanding. All so hard because we are in a situation like nothing before & I do understand this is hard on parents but they will end up losing an outstanding little school, with very dedicated teachers.

    Sorry to ramble on. It does help to type it all out :rolleyes:
  7. Ro13

    Ro13 Occasional commenter

    I think the problem with this is that a lot of teachers on Furlough do not have the expertise to teach various subjects or age groups across the whole school. My head chose the staff that have the most specialist training in various subjects & can adapt from EYFS to KS2.
    Our school has worked well like this for 34 years & like all schools, never planned for this situation!!
  8. Ro13

    Ro13 Occasional commenter

    I forgot to say that children stay in their classes but teachers move around the school, lesson to lesson. I really enjoy it in a normal working week :)
  9. CabbageWhite20

    CabbageWhite20 Occasional commenter

    The furlough situation may also change - it’ll have to come down from 80% at some point and employers who are topping up may have to review that at some point too.
    We couldn’t rotate our staff on furlough - the ones who are working are either subjects that aren’t being taught remotely or part time and other people can scoop up their lessons.
    Ro13 likes this.

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