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Which subject would you not want to coordinate?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by whitestag, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. whitestag

    whitestag Senior commenter

    Just curious.

    For me it's PE, which is what I currently do. It's a pain in the backside. Endless letters and emails, feeling like it's my fault that fat kids don't want to get off their backsides, auditing the spending of the sports grant and the expectation to go and stand in the rain at competitions in my own time.

    If you were offered a free choice, which one would you avoid at all costs?
  2. Milgod

    Milgod Established commenter


    PE would be one I'd LOVE to coordinate.
  3. cassandramark2

    cassandramark2 Lead commenter


    Which I do...along with assessment. Can you feel my pain:eek:
  4. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    I can't sing, I'm tone deaf andI can't read music. I hate teaching the subject so I would avoid coordinating music.
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  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    LOL We have mostly specialist teaching at my current school...so asking me to even teach music or sport would be madness, let alone to coordinate it

    In my time I have coordinated maths, science, history, geography and re. Loved maths and science, couldn't see the point in the job titles for the others.

    I've also coordinated provision for trainees, NQTs and G&T pupils, which have all be great too.
  6. lardylady

    lardylady Star commenter

    I co-ordinate DT (which I absolutely hate). I never understand what to do and always give it to the PPA teacher to do. I also co-ordinate Music. I can hold a tune, but can't read music or play an instrument. However, we do have a specialist music teacher who teaches choir, guitars etc one day a week.
    Even worse than DT, though, would be a core subject. Too much responsibility.
  7. asnac

    asnac Lead commenter

    English, because it's such a vast area and you have to keep up to date with the latest rehash of what we were doing twenty years ago initiatives whenever there's a new minister for education.

    And ICT. It keeps changing, so schemes are always out of date; and colleagues expect you to fix the printer.
    Landofla likes this.
  8. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    Definitely ICT! You have to know stuff about technology to do that effectively... I don't even own a smartphone.
  9. indigo987

    indigo987 New commenter

    I love coordinating ICT! Although I think PE is the biggest out of school time commitment. Our poor art coordinator has a pretty massive job too, ordering all the paint, paper etc and ends up having to keep all the resources tidy and back in one place!
  10. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Why on earth is the art co-ordinator ordering paint! Coordinating a subject should be about improving standards, supporting colleagues and promoting the subject, not tidying cupboards and doing stationery orders!
  11. whitestag

    whitestag Senior commenter

    Excellent! No more ordering tennis balls for me then. :D
  12. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    And leave the PE cupboard alone too!

    ( although I've always found it a good place to hide if I'm trying to avoid the Head!)
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  13. whitestag

    whitestag Senior commenter

    Haha, I avoid it as much as possible, it's an absolute tip! Plus, there are more tennis balls on the roof than in that cupboard anyway.
  14. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    My Year 6 girls tidy the PE cupboard out every Friday lunchtime, it's pristine in there ( they even have their own dustpan and brush!) They also write a list of new equipment we need which I then pass on to the office staff-problem solved!
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  15. missied

    missied New commenter

    ICT...it was offered to me as a development a few years ago but the previous co-ordinator was expected to fix every problem related to ICT...even the Head's computer!!! No thank you.
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  16. KelRilon

    KelRilon New commenter

    I'd hate Music or Art. Really not interested,...the kids are amazed that I actually teach either every so often.

    I've done PE, ICT and G&T in the past. All fine and more related to what I'm good at. A few years ago, I somehow stumbled into Science and have been given that to coordinate at several schools now. I actually quite like it, but haven't always got enough time to teach it. Next year, I'll be taking on Maths instead (thankfully not on my own). I love teaching Maths. :D
  17. whitestag

    whitestag Senior commenter

    I've just been made English coord. Great! I love books and I'm an absolute spelling and grammar freak. If they tried to make me lead Art, I'd resign on the spot!
  18. Landofla

    Landofla Established commenter

    Well done!! @whitestag

    Do people find that the TLRs stay with the same teachers all the time?

    Edit: I should answer the thread title too. Well, I'd not be too chuffed about coordinating anything that didn't involve extra money... 'Spose I might just have to get used to that.
  19. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    Great idea Carrie, if you don't mind I am going to introduce that in our school.

    I would hate to co-ordinate PE/sport.
  20. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    At the moment I co ordinate Maths, English, RE/PSHE, PE and IT. Of these, English and Maths are the most work, PE is the most fun and IT the most irritating!

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