I'm looking for a bit of advice from people! I am a FULL TIME Secondary school Science teacher currently on maternity leave. I am due to go back to work in February. A few days ago the Headteacher sent me a copy of my timetable for when I start back to work. There are four of us in our department, two of us F/T and two P/T. My hours have been drastically reduced on my timetable. My timetable is the only one to be affected. Now when I am not teaching I will be doing cover lessons and general support. I also no longer have a tutor group and my lunch time duty has been swapped. The lessons I am teaching are no longer my specialist areas and I have lost both of my GCSE classes. My role has been watered down and I feel that I am going back to a completely different job. Very little communication from my employees to date despite my concerns.
I have spoken to my Union and they have shared my concerns. WWYD? Be thankful for a job or fight your corner when potentially not valued anyhow? Would my job be made more difficult?
Have you spoken to the headmaster since receiving the timetable as to why there's such a drastic change? Arrange a face-to-face meeting to discuss? Could it be because you're returning midway through the school year he doesn't want to disrupt existing classes with a new teacher?