It was hard to post about things while the school/work situation just got worse and worse -
so I took a little break until everything reached some kind of resolution.
I made the most of the extra time by
- practising my harp
- designing a thank you gift in needle point for a colleague
- walking miles and miles
- making the most of the long, light evening with a book in the conservatory
(with a glass of Shiraz in hand!)
- and generally chilling rather than 'stewing over' each ridiculous twist in the tale...
The 'Reader's Digest' version of the two weeks goes something like this....
- Once it became clear that C. had let them down the school tried various forms of 'bullying' to keep me for another term/year.
- I said "No", but followed this up with a detailed document of all the things that DID need to be resolved so that Music survives at the school.
- The SMT ignored this for four days... then panicked when they did get round to reading it.
- The staffing Deputy Head invited the NQT who FAILED to get the second in department job in March to take on my role in September. (And "All hell broke lose..................!")
- This girl is still coming to work in the department for a fixed term contract BUT there will be NO paid Head of Music role from September.
- The two young Music teachers will split all my work between them (including an immense amount of administrative responsibility for the Level 2 Btec) but neither of them will get paid anything for this...
I have been told that a Head of Music post will be advertised in April 2016.
The girls will only be considered for the role if they have 'proved themselves' in the unpaid roles..
I am completely disgusted by the way that the girls have been exploited here...
(And very, very worried about my pupils.)
This isn't how I imagined my final weeks before retirement.
Other teachers have talked about the fun of winding down and enjoying those last lessons.
The only concession the school have made is that they are paying O.R. to remain at the school when C. returns from Mat Leave on the 22nd June. This means that O.R. can shadow me until the end of term..and somehow miraculously assimilate 26 years of experience in 4 weeks!!
Our 'catch phrase' in the department at the moment is
"You couldn't make this one up!"
I hope that everyone has had a good Bank Holiday weekend.
I will be visiting and catching up with all your news.