Have I BU?

(7 Posts)
EvilTwins Fri 04-Mar-16 19:51:24

Please tell me I am not being unreasonable here. I am a HOD in a secondary school. One of my colleagues - also a HOD, is on maternity leave and I was asked to help out by overseeing her dept whilst her mat leave was covered. Long story but her lessons are now being covered by agency supply fir various reason. We're doing KS3 reports at the moment and it fell to me to sort this because agency staff don't need to do things like that. I have told the deputy today that I am not prepared to write reports for kids I don't teach in a subject which is not mine because it is dishonest. As a parent, I wouldn't want to think my DC's report was written by a random member of staff. As a professional, I feel it is morally wrong to mislead parents and I don't want these going home with my name on. Deputy has ignored me so we're at stalemate. Deadline for reports is 9am Monday.

PurpleDaisies Fri 04-Mar-16 19:54:28

I know what you mean, but can't you just provide factual reports based in class tests and standard of work in their books? Presumably the deputy head is your boss so you don't necessarily have the option to refuse to do the reports?

cansu Fri 04-Mar-16 19:54:54

School need to pay supply to write reports if they know children. If it is being covered by lots of different people, they need to write a generic statement that goes with report to say that an individual report is not available due to staffing problems. I would not write reports unless I was taken off timetable for as long as it takes to do them.

DraenorQueen Fri 04-Mar-16 19:55:51

IMO you're completely correct.
I think the most I'd be prepared to do is to simply report along the lines of "X's attendance in said subject is x%. She has submitted x% of assignments. She is currently working at X level and is track to achieve X.

Or similar. Something completely factual that can be compiled from data sheets, etc.

But actually I think it's crap you're being asked to do it at all.

MooPointCowsOpinion Fri 04-Mar-16 19:59:11

There's no way I could write reports in another subject, I'm very good at my job but I do not know the curriculum or the levels and how they match with test scores and class work and objectives in any subject but my own.

I would happily work with the supply to decide if anyone got comments regarding their behaviour, attendance or standards of class work. I would input test scores. I wouldn't be able to work out levels.

elephantoverthehill Fri 04-Mar-16 20:08:09

IME where this sort of thing has happened the school puts out a report explaining that the teacher is on maternity leave etc. etc. If the classes have been covered by a number of different cover/supply teachers don't the school think that the child will actually relay this to their parents? If you have to do the reports stick to the facts and add a caveat.

EvilTwins Fri 04-Mar-16 20:25:28

I suggested that we put out a note explaining the situation. That's what she is ignoring...

Purple - I'm not being paid any extra and have been given 1/2 an hour per week (Deputy thinks this is reasonable hmm to "help out") so going through books etc is not practical. I have put in levels, but am refusing to write comments.

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