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Work stress due to staffing

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by allotmentlady, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. allotmentlady

    allotmentlady New commenter

    this year is tough for everyone And I’m really struggling with how people aren’t being supportive.
    I have two vacancies come up in my faculty and I manage a subject. I’m not the faculty leader but a subject leader. The faculty leader knows nothing about the subject which is only taught to sixth form.
    To fill the temporary vacancies, senior management have just recruited two NQT who are not subject specialists. Half of the group are year 13 and I’m very worried because they are going to be taught by a teacher , who at this stage, knows less than them. The teacher also don’t have any sixth form teaching experience either. Senior management think they can learn the syllabus quickly.
    Supportive friends say I can’t be held responsible for what goes wrong. But I feel so bad for the students that it’s making me feel ill .
  2. hs9981

    hs9981 Lead commenter

    Do a VARK questionnaire with them.

    Declare then all 'visual learners' and give them some YouTube links.

    Job done!
    agathamorse likes this.
  3. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    Lots of support for the new staff needed. You can discuss and plan this with them and the NQT mentor. They will be concerned too.
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  4. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    Do so many people think this year 'won't count', or that schools are likely to be closed anyway-or is this now standard practice?
    Are there any good online resources you can point both the students and the teacher towards? Sadly, there's too many teachers who seem to know less than their students; nobody says subject knowledge is the only important thing for a teacher to possess, but the trouble with today's 'learning walk' and observation fetish is that the very basic idea of the teacher knowing what s/he's supposed to be teaching seems to have gone out of the window!
    agathamorse likes this.
  5. SundaeTrifle

    SundaeTrifle Occasional commenter

    Can you request any time off timetable to support the NQTs? Make sure your faculty leader understands that this subject requires specialist subject knowledge and the two temporary teachers aren’t suitable recruitments, especially for the Y13. Do your best to communicate upwards and try to present solutions to management. As your friends say, do not take responsibility for their slow recruitment of subject specialists.
    agathamorse likes this.
  6. thejudgesscoresarein

    thejudgesscoresarein Established commenter

    Why has SLT recruited inexperienced teaching colleagues? Is there a shortage in your area?

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