Appointing a less than satisfactory subject specialist teacher

What was the issue addressed? We needed to recruit a subject teacher and had advertised three times. We had one applicant who following the interview we felt was not quite up to the standard we expected. The question we had to wrestle with was whether to appoint the teacher and place a not quite goodContinue reading “Appointing a less than satisfactory subject specialist teacher”

Reviewing and changing the evidence needed in a headteacher performance review

What was the issue addressed? The governing body revised the evidence required in a headteacher performance review and set new targets. This was difficult to do in one meeting with so much paperwork. Also problematic is that revising the guidelines each year means there is no opportunity to compare one year to next. What happened?Continue reading “Reviewing and changing the evidence needed in a headteacher performance review”

Dealing with a grievance against the headteacher

What was the issue addressed? Duty of Care Grievance was made against the headteacher from a member of staff. What happened? The Duty of Care policy was followed and informal discussions were held.  Support was given by the Local Authority HR department – advice, documentation etc. What lessons were learnt? Informal actions were not successful.Continue reading “Dealing with a grievance against the headteacher”

Addressing the rise of complaints and unreasonable behaviour from pupils and parents

What was the issue addressed? School staff are increasing having to deal with complaints and unreasonable behaviour from pupils and parents. The school staff are having to become counsellors, legal experts, aggression mediators and other roles that are not strictly teaching or even school management. What happened? The school had to create a legal service-levelContinue reading “Addressing the rise of complaints and unreasonable behaviour from pupils and parents”

Excluding racist pupils

What was the issue addressed? There have been exclusion hearings relating racist behaviour by two children. One in particular, was persistently using inappropriate language and actions to ethnic minority students in the school. What happened? I have previously dealt with similar issues but not from young students. The education department and staff assisted me withContinue reading “Excluding racist pupils”

How to agree pay for staff migrating to a new school

What was the issue addressed? Tough issue – negotiate and agree salary levels for a new substitute team for a brand new school. Difficult because some members of the governing body want to place all new deputies on the same pay as they are all going to be new in their job, while others wantContinue reading “How to agree pay for staff migrating to a new school”

Discerning the right boundaries for relationships between school governors & other members of the school community

What was the issue addressed? Confidences shared by pupils, staff and parents. What expectations should there be in relation to the nature of relationships between governors and staff; governors and pupils; governors and family members, governors and the wider community. What happened? I have spoken to certain governors who felt I might be able toContinue reading “Discerning the right boundaries for relationships between school governors & other members of the school community”

Seeking advice dealing with a competency issues relating to the headteacher

What was the issue addressed? I had to deal with a competency issue related to the headteacher. It was difficult to find a neutral voice outside the LA to advise me. What happened? I used Governor Services Wales helpline and found it lifesaving. They offered confidential, discreet and unbiased advice. The officer was empowering toContinue reading “Seeking advice dealing with a competency issues relating to the headteacher”

Consequences of reduced budgets

What was the issue addressed? Each year budgets have been significantly reduced – including 6th form funding.  Lack of longer term budgets (3 years was promised several years ago but never delivered).  Lack of consistency of funding across authorities – funding formula differs in the counties. The year on year reductions in funding has resultedContinue reading “Consequences of reduced budgets”

Leadership and school culture questioned in school inspection reports

What was the issue addressed? The leadership, ethos and culture of the school has been questioned following an Estyn Inspection and independent report.  Several stories have appeared in the press and a working party was formed to try and resolve certain issues in order to improve the situation. What happened? The working party met weeklyContinue reading “Leadership and school culture questioned in school inspection reports”