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Why i was effectively driven out of my role...

Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by rehaank, Aug 27, 2018.

  1. rehaank

    rehaank Occasional commenter

    True - i'll think i'll take a look soon. Just want to enjoy some time off for now.

    Plus they've redacted my e-AQA log in, so that's a positive step further out the door :)
  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    You probably have some strands of career in common with me, although I resent...
    Sorry to hear you're in such a place.
    In the space of a year all sorts of things will probably happen. I suspect you won't want to return to your old school. Put yourself about a bit, fill in some forms and see what happens.
    Good luck.
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  3. rehaank

    rehaank Occasional commenter

    Thank you for your reply!

    (Why is there resentment over my ease of A Level chemistry haha. Hardest thing is NMR spectroscopy but that just takes practise. Love Chemistry although students always "hate" Organic Chemistry in Year 1 then love Organic Chemistry in Year 2. )
  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I HATED it in year 1 of university, so didn't bother carrying on in year 2...swapped to physics instead! :)
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  5. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    The content of A level chemistry is great. Making it comprehensible to students sometimes needs a lot of effort.
    Still, it's been contributing to my income for a fair old while.
  6. rehaank

    rehaank Occasional commenter

    Physics is, of course, much better! The only university Chemistry I did was in my Natural Sciences degree so it was very well infused with the Physics.
  7. rehaank

    rehaank Occasional commenter

    Agree. Majority of students take it on as they're doing Medicine. Rare to find anyone picking it because they like "it". It is very difficult to some (and thus they drop out) but, once you learn how to understand, Chemistry is a walk in the park.

    Much like Physics - once you learn how to think, you got it.

    (And Biology, again another one I love, is, to be honest, learning how to memorise and regurgitate, on the whole).
  8. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Hmmmm... My A-Level experience goes like this:

    Organic Chemistry - Boring as watching paint dry
    Biology - Required too much artistic ability
    Maths - Easy and a beautiful language, but not worthwhile for it's own sake
    Physics - Perfect!
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  9. rehaank

    rehaank Occasional commenter

    Whaaat organic is amazing!!

    Physics is perfect as it's actually challenging (and most of the kids are actually bright/oxbridge students).
    Chemistry is great and fun and who doesn't love Benzene rings!!
    Biology is very very easy but really interesting (although the exams are ******** especially AQA who seem to create papers only God Himself could answer).
    Maths is again easy, but boring eventually e.g. stats. However, mechanics and further pure 3 are where it gets fun ;)

    Do you teach all these at a level?
  10. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Goodness no! :eek::(:eek:
    I taught maths A Level for one year, GCSE maths and science for two years, saw the light and moved to middle school! :)
    Twenty something years later, I'm about to start teaching a nursery class...so lots of physics, chemistry and maths and far toooo much mucas/fluid led human biology me thinks!
  11. rehaank

    rehaank Occasional commenter

    Ah yes, the nursery kids are great, some in-depth integration and quantum mechanics would suffice!!

    But aw that seems great! Wish you all the best!
  12. ATfan

    ATfan Star commenter

    I totally agree. I have never worked with a Science teacher or HoD who specialises in all 3 and I’ve been teaching for 16 years.

    I think the HT wants you out because you are a threat to him. No other reason. I’d use the year to get another management position in a school/college has a leader that is more worthy of you. Expendability works both ways as far as I’m concerned.
    rehaank likes this.
  13. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    I wouldn't go back - "don't look in the rear view mirror".

    You are obviously a HIGHLY experienced teacher and have management experience.

    Don't, however, rush into anything without carefully considering it.

    There are many terrible places to work at and you do not want to wind up in somewhere like that!
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  14. rehaank

    rehaank Occasional commenter

    I don't know if anyone is still paying attention to this, but, a close friend at my old school has told me that they're going to put up a vacancy for a new "Head of Science" role and also another AHT role in January.

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  15. ATfan

    ATfan Star commenter

    I rest my case

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