♦ Dear Dr. Spilchuk (ISR online teacher consultant),Dear Barbara,
I would like to discuss an incident at work.
Every term, as per usual, our Head of department does a check of our weekly planning and also, pupil’s work scrutiny, (I.e. how detailed the feedback is).
We are forewarned about the checks. It’s not really an excuse, but because we had a lot of reports to do, I wasn’t really up to date with the planning or detailed marking.
However, when asked for weekly plans (based on departmental scheme of work), I couldn’t produce them as I hadn’t done them. The pupil work had been marked. There were some feedback comments, but not for the whole sets.
I told my head of dept that I’ll get them done for the next day. I managed to produce most of them, but not the complete set for all of my classes. The HOD then asked me to give all of the weekly plans, exam analyses, etc. a few days later. Also, I was required to write detailed lesson plans for the last week.
I met the above deadline by providing all of the required paperwork, etc.
However, to my surprise, I ended up with a formal warning letter, informing me that as I didn’t have my planner available for scrutiny and pupil work was not marked in detail, in line with school policy, that 1 weeks pay has been deducted from my salary. Also, now I will be closely monitored and failure to meet the standards will lead to dismissal.
I appreciate I made a mistake. However, as they say, the punishment should fit the crime. Maybe a warning letter was sufficient. I think they might be breaking their professional code of practice.
I might speak to the Headteacher, but he / she isn’t v approachable.
I would appreciate your advice on this matter.
♦ Dear Docked Pay,
Unfortunately, if all of the teachers were warned of the consequences of not doing their weekly planning and marking and having it available for admin to review, then you have no recourse. It is, indeed, harsh. However, my advice is to accept it and do better in the future knowing full well what might happen otherwise.|
♦ Hi Barbara,
Yes, I definitely plan to do the right thing. However, the above sanction is not stated in the contract and we weren’t warned about this sanction.
Then you need to discuss this with the Chairman of the Board. Keep me posted. This is an important case.