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Worried about my replacement

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by zcsaa44, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. zcsaa44

    zcsaa44 Occasional commenter

    I am leaving my school at the end of this year and have just found out that the teacher that will be replacing me and taking my GCSE classes is a PE teacher and has almost no experience of my specialism. I am worried as it seems unfair to have a teacher who probably knows less than the students teaching them and then revising the material, especially as what they really need is to practice exam skills for the majority of year 11. The timetable was written before the appointment was made in the assumption a specialist would be found, a number of applications were received but no attempt was made at interviewing until well after the deadline so no one suitable was found. It seems silly that no changes have been made so the GCSE classes are given to the subject specialist, at least the year 11 class who have a number of excellent prospects grade wise. The head teacher is also a specialist in this subject and has spent a part of the last year trying to have the class taken from me which she would then have to teach.

    Is there anything I could do to impact on this situation, would it be worth raising my concerns about the class to the head or even the governors. That this is a class that could have a very high pass rate and produce some very high grades but this will be very unlikely to happen with a non-specialist
  2. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Unless your concerns are related to pupil safeguarding, then leave well alone.

    You will only be seen as meddling.
  3. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    If you are leaving the school, and working elsewhere, anything you do may come back to hurt you later (by way of references etc.)

    If you are leaving teaching (or retiring) then you have nothing to lose in expressing your concerns to the HT, the Governors or even the local press....

    But I would think twice about the last option, because of the effect publicity will have on the pupils, esp. those in Y11...
  4. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    It's not your problem. I would make sure that the remaining subject specialist and/or your line manager have full information about the year 11 class and what you think they are on course to achieve, so that they can pick up on it if the group seem to be attaining less than you would expect. You could help by leaving as much as you can in the way of resources.

    It may be that they will adjust the timetable. The timetabler was obviously working on the assumption that a specialist would be found, and as the end of term approached, the priority was probably to get the timetable finished and issued to staff, rather than stop to make changes within a department. They and the head of department may now be looking at the swaps they could make to improve things.

    It's obviously not ideal, but some PE teachers are pretty good at picking up a new subject (PE has often been over-subscribed for ITT, which means they have better grades than the average teacher), and it sounds as if there are colleagues to support. And maybe they'll aim to get a specialist in by Christmas.
  5. thenorris

    thenorris New commenter

    This post shows that you care deeply about your students and your subject. However, as you are leaving there is very little you can do.

    I had a very similar situation when I left my job: The person taking over I'm not sure fully understood what thry was getting themselves involved with.

    It sounds like the school is not organised; more fool them.
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    All credit to you, zcsaa44, for your concern here.

    But as others have said, there is very little that you can do except provide materials and perhaps a draft outline of what you might have done throughout the year. And then, I'm afraid, hard as it will be for you, wash your hands of it.

    Your post shows you to be highly professional, so I know that you will not undermine the pupils' confidence in whoever comes to teach them next year.

    Best wishes


    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, where she answers jobseeking and careers queries regularly each week.
  7. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Remember there is no shortage of teachers at present (at least that's what we are told).

    Some years ago I left a pretty iffy school - the girl who replaced me I reckoned might last a term (or two) at best) - actually it was only a few weeks she lasted. She left school one afternoon and never returned. The one after that turned out to be an alcoholic.

    I'm a bit concerned about the new teacher coming into our department next year - really doesn't seem that interested but we'll see what transpires.

    Last day tomorrow - not a moment too soon
  8. jago123

    jago123 Established commenter

    It's good to see that a departing teacher cares about their students. You don't get many who do.

    As other posters have said, I would do a handover with the HOD / Line Manager and outline what the students are on course to achieve. I wouldn't say that 'you need to employ a specialist otherwise these students will fail'- you are leaving at the end of the day. It will come across as a negative factor if you are stipulating things like this. It's none of your business who they employ- whether it's a specialist or a supply teacher who is not qualified to teach any specialism. Sorry to come across like this, but that is how it is.
  9. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    I do think it is nice that you are concerned about the children's well being. I really do. I am a bit uneasy about a few things though.

    1) Your sweeping generalisations about the replacement, much of the information about them you are simply not privy to. I am uncomfortable about this assertion that the kids will know 'more than them' You have no basis on which to assume this, sorry.

    2) You seem to want to be the 'white knight' 'martyr' figure. You have no business frankly getting involved.

    If this becomes an issue, students, parents and line managers will get involved. This has the potential to become messy. I don't think you have any right to be passing judgment on a situation you know nothing about, sorry.
  10. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    You are leaving. Your job is to make sure all the books are marked, together with any coursework or whatever they have done this year. Data should be updated on SIMS or whatever you use, so that target grades and current achievement is recorded.

    The Yr11 GCSE class results will not be associated with you for good or ill as you won't be there, nor will you have taught them for the year. However if you have taught them well, they will have good grounding for their final year, so you will have done your best for them, which is all you can do. Your replacement is the problem of the HT, not you.

    Your post sounds as though you have issues with the HT

    and I am wondering whether there isn't a bit more to your wish to "impact on the situation"? In any case, if the HT is a specialist in this subject there will at least be one member of staff capable of taking the class.

    Let it go and move on. It's no longer your problem.
  11. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Monicabilongame is 100% correct. Let it GO.
  12. Fizzbobble

    Fizzbobble Occasional commenter

    I think lots of us have been in the same position; I certainly have, and I still worry about the class I left, in a subject I introduced and set up within the school. I left it in the hands of someone uninterested and non-specialist. I just did everything I could to make the handover easy and comprehensive. I had planned the SoW for the GCSE and provided the entire two years' worth of resources. I left a handover document, all the coursework and mock papers, a brief commentary on each student and their expected grade, and that was that.
  13. jarndyce

    jarndyce Occasional commenter

    Not your problem.

    For peace of mind - even if you're right, and your successor isn't very good, then the HoD will be responsible for getting those kids through their exams (as well as providing any extra support the new teacher might need). If there is a weak link in a department, there are lots of things that can be done to ensure that this doesn't have too much of an impact on exam groups and their ultimate results.
  14. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    Repeat after me..............


    It is the SCHOOL and the HEADs responsibility to find a suitable replacement. You should only concern yourself about your new job. You are not PAID or EMPLOYED to be bothered about the school/students you are leaving any more.

    As a support member of staff in a school, I sometimes see teachers telling the wrong thing to kids. Sometimes, for the sake of the greater good, you have to bite your tongue!

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