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High teaching staff turnover - common?

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PasMoi Sat 07-Jul-12 20:44:51

What level of teaching staff turnover do you consider unacceptable versus inevitable?

Background - affluent suburban area, 80% of class teaching staff leaving this year and almost all specialised teachers, not a single member of the teaching staff in post more than 2 or 3 years. The head is there about 5 years and most of the long-term staff left almost immediately then. However the board of governors is standing by the headteacher who is not popular with parents.

Trying to work out if it's time to withdraw my DC from this school, which of course will be very hard as multiple school places are as rare as hens' teeth around here.

Are teaching jobs that easy to find?!

alphabite Mon 09-Jul-12 14:13:15

It depends on how complicated the letter is/the issue is.

I would expect acknowledgment of the letter within 72 hours but answers or a proper reply might take longer as they may need advice from Chair of Governors or the LEA.

yanbu123456 Tue 10-Jul-12 12:28:12

I don't think any of the letters sent by various parents required a long investigation.

I'm very conscious that it's the end of term soon and if we don't get a response before then, it'll drag over the summer holidays.

mumnosbest Tue 10-Jul-12 12:46:25

Have you had any acknowledgement of your letter?

yanbu123456 Tue 10-Jul-12 14:11:09

Only from the office to say they'd passed it on.
I don't think other people who have written have had a reply either.

mumnosbest Tue 10-Jul-12 16:07:11

You could always send a copy with a note: please find attached a copy of my previous letter which i dont think you received.
When the head says she did receive it you can say you assumed not as its been x days weeks with no reply. Also end the note with 'awaiting your reply'.

i would definately expect an acknowledgement within 2 days.

yanbu123456 Sun 19-May-13 21:43:46

Coming back to this thread, almost a year on. So it seems that the school in the OP which my 2 dcs attend too is seeing staff leave again this year.

To recap all but one class had a new to the school teacher in Sept 12.

So far 3 out of 7 class teachers that we know of have been announced as leaving but there is an advert in the local paper for 2.5 full time equivalent class teaching staff that suggests more are going than we've been told about so far (some replacements have already been announced). This includes the key subject leaders and the third in command.

The parents are battle-weary and don't seem to have the energy to raise the issue again when nothing changed last year and no-one seems to listen.
There are other problems beyond staff turnover, although the children are largely happy and achieving quite well (but the latter is thanks to loads of families tutoring from yr2/ yr3)

Any advice?

mrz Mon 20-May-13 07:01:49

Parent View?

Fuzzymum1 Mon 20-May-13 11:55:40

That would be very unusual - our school has 4 classes, the longest serving teacher has been there 13 years and the shortest almost 2 and she replaced a teacher who left after having been there about 10 years.

BabiesAreLikeBuses Mon 20-May-13 20:22:22

Are there any parent governors you could approach? This seems way too high and would worry me. Does the head breathe fire?

yanbu123456 Tue 21-May-13 09:36:54

There aren't many responses on Parentview at the moment and it would need a lot of parents to fill it in for Ofsted to take notice I guess?

Would this be something the local authority will start to look at more closely or would they not be aware of the problem?

Yes we have parent governors so could ask them about it.

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