Advanced search

meeting with boss on friday re part time request - any advice? THink i have a fight on my hands

(28 Posts)
popsycal Tue 19-Apr-05 15:16:25

have requested 4 days and have meeting with head before he puts it to the governors (am a teacher)

but the impression i get is that they will not be keen even though we have part timers and job shareres already
it wil be from sept 2005 when my contract is renewed. back to work in july following long peruiod of sick and maternity

any advice>

PuffTheMagicDragon Tue 19-Apr-05 15:18:19

popsy, have you checked out the TES staffroom?

Could be some good advice on there.

popsycal Tue 19-Apr-05 15:18:53

will check that out thanks puff

PuffTheMagicDragon Tue 19-Apr-05 15:22:08

I'd have thought they'd do their level best to keep a good teacher, especially if you're request is only to drop 1 day a week.

What's been said so far that makes you think its a non no?

bundle Tue 19-Apr-05 15:22:58

go in armed with other successful models within/outside the school. i certainly work more efficiently now i work 3 days a week (doing same job) and have been able to occasionally work flexibly the other way too, in changing my days to suit my boss's needs. 28% of my dept now work flexibly, so it's obviously welcomed here!

popsycal Tue 19-Apr-05 15:25:44

they are just a bit old fashioned tbh
i am also a head of year six which is a complicsting factor,,,,bu t the girl who is covering my head og year role at the minute would jump at the chance of doing it one day a week....

the head said he does value me being there and is looking forward to me returning but wil have to convince the governors that the childre will not suffer
tbh they wil suffer more if i am there full time

bundle Tue 19-Apr-05 15:27:44

my sil is head of dept at her school and does 3 days a week. not sure how they work it but they do seem v pleased with her.

popsycal Tue 19-Apr-05 15:30:08

i have heard of geads doing job shares...
i even offered to go with head to governors meeting....may scarethem by feeding ds2 thguoh

MissChief Tue 19-Apr-05 15:30:35

might help you to put case from yr head's/governors' point of view - ie business case FOR you doing this for them - giving other colleague chance to act up in senior role, your greater commitment, energy, length of stay etc due to having better worklife balance
DTI website is useful - got advice and model application form to download

PuffTheMagicDragon Tue 19-Apr-05 15:31:00

Well, it sounds good that there's someone willing to take on the role on the day you are not around - good staff development I'd have thought - that's definitely a positive.

popsycal Tue 19-Apr-05 15:31:54

thanks msschef for that link

popsycal Wed 20-Apr-05 20:10:27

can anyone point me in the direction of part time . job share case studies to print off to tke with ne, esp if teaching related tia

popsycal Thu 21-Apr-05 11:02:12


popsycal Thu 21-Apr-05 18:10:14


roisin Thu 21-Apr-05 18:26:13

Popsy - I haven't anything constructive to offer, but just wanted to wish you all the best for tomorrow. Hope it goes better than you anticipate!


popsycal Thu 21-Apr-05 18:27:53

thanks roisin
am dreading especially since i have to tae 7 week old screaming and feeding ds2

havevisions of getting my boob out in the meeting

roisin Fri 22-Apr-05 12:55:19

How did it go popsy?

roisin Fri 22-Apr-05 18:11:22


popsycal Fri 22-Apr-05 19:10:53

it went well...will post more when ds2 is not on my lap
thabks so much for asking roisin

PuffTheMagicDragon Fri 22-Apr-05 19:11:52

Oh good popsy .

popsycal Fri 22-Apr-05 19:13:59

slight compromise reached and sidways move but good new challenge...governors should gree no prob

roisin Fri 22-Apr-05 20:31:09

So they've agreed to the 4 days? That's brilliant!

(Did ds2 behave?)

roisin Fri 22-Apr-05 20:32:35

How many weeks do you have to do when you go back this term before summer?

popsycal Fri 22-Apr-05 21:31:20

ok ds2 still on my lap and the lightbulb in the room has gone so dreadful typing.

ok went well. he had got himself up to speed on the legislation etc so he knew the ins and outs...

lots of stuff has been going on since i have been away,,,,lots of staff politics, fallouts, huffs, tantrums (staff not kids)
anyway - a lot of what he sais could be seen as buttering my up if i were being cynical but i thikn he was very genuine and open....he said that he really wants t keep me there(and once kids are at school encourage me to apply for depoty headships etc so he wants to keep m there

because of the staff problems they are doing spme shuffling and bottom of it is///he is going to suggest to the givernors that i do 4 days but as head of year 5 (currebtky year 6) and teach mainly year 5 with some year 6. this takes pressure of sats away for a while as i am usually heavily involved in organisation as well as teaching/ taught year 5 for 3 years when i first strted three so am familiar with it all. we are getting an extension and a new year 5 area. happy for me to do 4 days i that role. wantrs to intriduce systen wher head if year 5 follows year group to year 5 so u could ve back there next year

also we are a middle school so will have big links with frst schools and lots of liaison to do etc.....different skills etc which will be interesting

wants ne to help develop core subjects in year 5 to bring it more inline with year 6 teaching and to improve disipline,,,,

actually i am quiye excited about it which is bizarre as i was dreading going back!

paid maternity ends 3 weeks before summer but def raking two more weeks off...may go back for last week but may go back on first day of hols wgucj u have just discivered i can do

givernors meeting on thurs but i would be very sirprised if they disagree

in the end it seeme d that i was doing him a favour as he never thought i woukd agree lol

looks good - and thanks fir asking and being interested
shocking typing sorry

pixiefish Fri 22-Apr-05 21:59:05

so pleased

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: