Anyone had 2 teachers jobsharing

(36 Posts)
Legoaddict Tue 03-Jun-14 14:40:42

Hi, just looking for anyone's experiences of this. DS will start P1 (Scotland) after the summer and today we got class info and he will have 2 teachers.

FleurdeHeadLys Tue 03-Jun-14 14:47:02

My dc had this in P2 and P3. I think it depends on the pairing of the teachers really; one set were excellent because they clearly worked together and each worked on their speciality (e.g. Miss X was really into science and maths and Miss Y was hot on literacy) so the class got the best of both worlds. I felt like the second set didn't really communicate so well and it was more disjointed.

poshme Tue 03-Jun-14 14:48:00

Slightly different but I was a job-sharing teacher.
Advantages-
she taught the stuff she was good at (art, DT) I taught the stuff i'm good at (music, French) which is what many people pay £££ for in private schools
I'd come in on Wednesdays fresh- much less tired by Friday.
IME 2 half teachers = more than 1 teacher in terms of amount of time.
If your child doesn't get on with one teacher then they can look forward to the other days!

I'm sure there will be lots of people along with the negatives soon. smile
Plus, all teachers have 10% non contact time when they're not in class, which may be covered by non-qualified teachers. (They may be qualified.) but no primary teachers are in class 100% of the time any more.

Legoaddict Tue 03-Jun-14 14:51:04

Thanks, I'm a bit disappointed but that could just be me being a bit pfb.

The two teachers have both been on mat leave this year so we don't know either of them.

BloominNora Tue 03-Jun-14 14:51:23

Marking place as DD will have two teachers next year (year two) who are job sharing on an am / pm basis with one being a new teacher - not sure if it is NQT or just new to the school.

I'm not particularly happy about it, but have no real rational reason why not other than potential disjointedness so will be interesting to hear others experiences.

poshme Tue 03-Jun-14 14:53:41

At least if they've both been on maternity leave they understand about juggling children/school etc!

m0therofdragons Tue 03-Jun-14 14:54:51

Dd1's reception teachers job shared - one did 2 days, one did 3. Both fab teachers, worked well together, dd didn't have any problems (although we both had a slight favorite).
This year dd has 1 teacher but she's deputy head so dd has a different teacher one day a week anyway. Still no issues. Dd also has a pe teacher and an it teacher.

FleurdeHeadLys Tue 03-Jun-14 14:58:00

It's not quite the same to have two teachers in P1, I know what you mean.

smugmumofboys Tue 03-Jun-14 14:58:49

DS2 has had it twice and it was fantastic both times for many of the reasons poshme mentions.

There was lots of communication and the transition between the two was seamless. Looking back, they were probably DS2's two best years at primary so far.

Shedding Tue 03-Jun-14 15:08:13

More often than not for my DDs, at the moment it is particularly good in yr3 as they both work a full day on wednesday and homework is handed in and marked the same day so we get a whole week to organise doing it flexibly. Agree with the advantages of different strengths, two sets of eyes to pick up on anything etc too, can't see any downsides. It is a smallish school so a lot of the teachers have admin or leadership responsibilities that they use a day for and the floasting teacher does a day, I like that too as they have often been the girls' teachers in the past and they get to see them again or will be in the future and they get used to them smile.

stilllearnin Tue 03-Jun-14 15:10:27

Good experienced here too. It does mean effectively 3 teachers as their planning time should be together - meaning you'll get a half day with someone else entirely (in this case TA). Negatives felt when you have a problem, particularly progress as the teachers need to c

CaurnieBred Tue 03-Jun-14 15:10:40

DD had this for year 3 (P4) and it really worked well for them; didn't seem to cause any problems at all.

bluedomino Tue 03-Jun-14 15:11:28

My daughter is 8 (year 3) and has two teachers, its fantastic, the kids love it. The teachers are definitely more relaxed and seem genuinely happy to be in school on their days. I would recommend it.

stilllearnin Tue 03-Jun-14 15:11:40

CommuniCate well. We had no problems tho

FiveHoursSleep Tue 03-Jun-14 16:11:45

Mine have had this a couple of times. It usually works out well as the teachers are pretty enthusiastic as they get more time off. Definitely less end of week/ end of term fatigue!
Also it really helps if you have a high maintenance child as they seem to be more tolerant of them.

Legoaddict Tue 03-Jun-14 16:38:58

Thank you all, this thread has reassured me smile

I was worried about continuity, but this thread has pointed out positives I hadn't thought of. Two sets of eyes, not being stuck with one teacher who DS may not like, less end of week fatigue etc. So glad I posted as I hadn't thought of any of these things.

hiccupgirl Tue 03-Jun-14 18:21:00

My DS is starting school too and he will have 2 teachers job sharing. I think it will be great for him. They are quite different and will bring very different strengths to his class and if he doesn't get on so well with one, he hasn't got them all the time. Plus I think he'll like the routine of 3 days Mrs X and 2 days Mrs Y and it will help him through the week.

KeepSmiling83 Tue 03-Jun-14 18:52:37

I am a teacher who job shares (am/pm). I think it's brilliant for all the reasons mentioned above. It also means that I can really concentrate on the lessons that I plan rather than trying to plan everything. I like the am/pm split as we don't have to share planning or hand over. One teacher plans all the maths/English and the other teacher does everything else!

Uptheanty Tue 03-Jun-14 18:58:27

My dd was assigned a job share in yr 3 after having a very difficult yr2.

I was so angry

I really felt that she needed stability, consistency & accountability, none of which she would get with a job share.

After 1 week, i made an appointment to go in.

I spoke to the teachers. Wasted my time. After 1 week they told me more about my dd than i knew grin

They were fabulous and it was a GREAT year!

HolidayCriminal Tue 03-Jun-14 19:24:17

Very common in our school. Am trying to remember when I last had a year when no DC had multiple teachers.

SanityClause Tue 03-Jun-14 19:29:31

DS had this, and it wasn't great, but that was mostly because the morning teacher wasn't amazing. The afternoon one was fab, though.

So actually, at least he had half a good teacher.

cutefluffybunnes Tue 03-Jun-14 19:32:34

It was a disaster for the year DS1 had job-sharing teachers. They didn't seem to communicate; it was a mess; it wasted a year of his education. However, that's because those two teachers were crap and were also crap at job-sharing. I don't think that unfortunate experience is standard for job-sharing as a whole.

BackforGood Tue 03-Jun-14 19:40:20

dd1 had jobshares 4 times throughout Primary, including Reception (first yr here in England) - I'd say they were probably the best 4 years she had.
Teachers playing to their strengths, teachers not shattered by Thursday, children happily accepting that different folk sometimes do things different ways and that's fine, some cover each other when they have to go on courses etc (this is goodwill, not compulsory), if a dc doesn't really 'gel' with one, they probably will with the other.
What's not to like ?

mummytime Tue 03-Jun-14 19:50:17

I've had lots of job-shares over the years for all my 3 DC. It always worked fine. One year was bad but that was due to the main teacher (4 days to the others 1 day), who was inexperienced and didn't seem to like children.
Even my DC who hated changed settled in quickly.
It is much better than having a Deputy head with no job share, and just getting a lot of "cover" teachers.

Jinty64 Tue 03-Jun-14 20:15:15

Ds2 had a job share in P7. It was a 6/7 composite and I was a bit worried but it was a really good year for him. Ds3 had one in P1. The main teacher did 4 days. It took a bit longer to get used to the other teaching one day but it did mean when the main teacher was off sick the other one covered so they always had someone they knew.

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