To think that INSET days are.....

(239 Posts)
thismousebites Mon 15-Jul-13 23:04:26

basically just another day off?
So, all you teachers out there, what exactly do you do on INSET days?

Wolfiefan Mon 15-Jul-13 23:07:20

Training.
Child protection, assessment, teaching and learning etc.
In SErvice Training.

Eyesunderarock Mon 15-Jul-13 23:07:55

Day off for you.
Mixture of lectures seminars workshops and the rest for us. With timetable, power points, activities...
Depends what the focus is.
It's a training day, which given the amount of whinging about teachers on here is a good thing. We ought to have one a month really, to keep up with all the excitement.

numbum Mon 15-Jul-13 23:08:26

Cleaning, training, report writing, development plans, reviews....We do actually go in to work on those days you know!

CubanoHabana Mon 15-Jul-13 23:09:09

Do you not want your children to have the most up to date and well trained teachers? A lot of employers arrange courses to top up training, why should teaching be any different?

numbum Mon 15-Jul-13 23:09:12

When I say cleaning I mean sorting/updating displays! We don't actually dust and polish grin

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 15-Jul-13 23:09:41

Erm as others have said inset days are only days off for the children.

I'm surprised an adult doesn't know that.

kim147 Mon 15-Jul-13 23:10:02

It's a training day to catch up with the latest initiatives the Goverment think teachers need.

And there's lots of initiatives. Which will be out of date next year as the newer initiatives replace the current one.

For example - the new curriculum needs planning in schools. That's a big job.

Eyesunderarock Mon 15-Jul-13 23:10:03

Don't get all frothy, it's a bored person fishing for a rise.
Hey OP, become a governor and attend them! That could be lots of fun!

TroublesomeEx Mon 15-Jul-13 23:10:16

Training on the latest Government education initiative.

That sort of thing.

numbum Mon 15-Jul-13 23:10:38

alisvolatpropiis didn't you know the parents assumed school staff spend inset days in the pub?

schooldidi Mon 15-Jul-13 23:11:53

We do a load of training, generally loads of meetings, workshops, lectures. Some of them are interesting, some of them are mind-numbingly boring but necessary. I would ALWAYS prefer to be on holiday with the kids (seeing as the number of school days hasn't changed in decades, but teachers now have 5 days of INSET to do outside of those 190 compulsory school days), sometimes I would even rather be teaching my classes (one memorable INSET, I would rather have eaten my own leg than been there)

phantomnamechanger Mon 15-Jul-13 23:12:31

first aid training
safeguarding training
training on new software/systems
training relating to specific SEN pupils
go on courses at/with other schools to share ideas/experiences
work on targets for school development plan/Ofsted iprovements

and tonnes more

come on OP, try harder, if you actually have kids in school you can't be so unaware surely?

gordyslovesheep Mon 15-Jul-13 23:12:35

yeh course they are all the lazy sods do it drink tea and dunk biscuit all day long hmm

Eyesunderarock Mon 15-Jul-13 23:14:13

You could always play invisible INSET bingo, you need a like-minded colleague within eye-line who can keep a straight face.

CubanoHabana Mon 15-Jul-13 23:15:16

gordy don't forget brunch... It's our heads recent concession to lower budget, brunch instead of lunch and biscuits!

thismousebites Mon 15-Jul-13 23:16:30

I was just curious seeing as last Friday our school had an INSET day, yet when I walked past the school the gates were locked and the car park was empty......strange.

ParkerTheThief Mon 15-Jul-13 23:18:15

Perhaps the teachers were attending a conference or course elsewhere.

gordyslovesheep Mon 15-Jul-13 23:18:19

maybe they where away training - which loads of organisations do ...it's not unusual to go to centrally LEA organised training

tethersend Mon 15-Jul-13 23:18:35

We learn how to ruin children's lives of course.

Its no easy task.

AudrinaAdare Mon 15-Jul-13 23:19:31

They are also unpaid days iirc.

cozietoesie Mon 15-Jul-13 23:20:07

They would have been off at a centrally based location - more efficient on resources to locate training at one single school for - say- five schools or at a central facility that has the necessary equipment to hand.

You would barely believe the pressure on Inset days, OP - so much training vying for inclusion.

ParkerTheThief Mon 15-Jul-13 23:20:17

Last INSET we had I had to leave my house at 6.30am and travel for two hours to attend a course. I didn't get home until early evening. I'd much rather have been sitting around drinking coffee and gossiping.

Mind you, nice to know that some parents probably thought we were lounging around at home because the school building was shut.

OddBoots Mon 15-Jul-13 23:20:42

The holidays were made shorter to allow for them, weren't they?

Eyesunderarock Mon 15-Jul-13 23:21:37

We sometimes have INSET days that are held at other schools in the area. So we get into our cars and drive there.
You could ask the head instead of plaiting clouds into nets for innocent teachers.

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