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Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by Smithy84, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. Smithy84

    Smithy84 New commenter

  2. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    Flippant answer - we haven't had time to read it!
    True answer - yes, looked at and some slight adjustments needed, but there is a limit to what we can do with the resources we have available.
     
  3. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    And the government breathing down our necks!
     
  4. Smithy84

    Smithy84 New commenter

    What changes have you made in your school?

    To save time maybe you should get input from members of staff with a full teaching timetable. Hold a consultion without grievance to see what could be done to improve workload conditions in your school.

    Heads always blame the government but we have to appreciate that some of the workload is a direct result of the school management.

    If other teachers in the area find out about the improved working conditions in your school you would get more applicants. Other schools would notice and start to follow suit.
     
  5. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    err.. and maybe you shouldn't lay all the blame at the door of HTs!
    Actually, I did talk with staff (with, not to) .... and they were frankly horrified at the accounts of what some schools expect according to the guidance documents! We reduced data collection points, purchased additional schemes, revised marking policy... and noted that as HT, I don't direct all the hours I could so as to give staff flexibility over where they do some of their work.
    Could we cut workload even more? Probably - if we had more money I'd employ extra specialists and give teachers some additional non contact time.... but I don't have more money. Instead I am looking at a deficit and having to make staffing reductions.
    I'd love to restructure the school year, with children attending 9-1 every day, all year except for a 2 week shutdown at Christmas and in the Summer. Teachers would then have afternoons for all prep, training and subject development etc, while children could be provided with genuine enrichment and sport activities delivered by specialists.. and teachers could take an additional holiday during the year (up to 25/30 days holiday in total?). so bringing them into line with most other professions....
    Who would pay for this? And who would be first to moan about losing their "holiday" instead of appreciating that this would provide a work life balance across the year....
     
  6. Smithy84

    Smithy84 New commenter

    So when you made staffing reductions did you increase your salary by more than 1% the following year?

    Did you also increase the salary of SLT?

    What percentage of teachers in your school passed their performance management and were given a pay rise?
     
  7. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    We significantly reduced requirements for planning and marking and everybody goes-up an increment each year...

    Our teachers are (generally) happy...
     
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  8. Startedin82

    Startedin82 Established commenter

    Likewise I cut my teachers a lot of slack. I don't micro manage and have realistic expectations of them (they have to produce the goods though). I am very reasonable and listen to people and always let staff attend things like their child's farewell assembly at their school etc. I haven't read any new directives - I lead through common sense and experience. What you give you get back I believe.
     
  9. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    Gosh Smithy84, you really have got a chip on your shoulder haven't you?
    Nobody has had a salary rise of more than 1% for years! Don't you read the news?
    And actually 100% of staff met Appraisal expectations and, unless they were already top of the scale, had an incremental pay rise. All that is except for me and my Deputy - who went without.
     

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