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Does anyone elses DC have (or have had) four different teachers a week?

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Watchtheworldcomealivetonight Tue 15-Sep-09 10:24:07

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kreecherlivesupstairs Tue 15-Sep-09 10:38:48

What age is she? My dd (8.4) is in a fairly big school (4-5 classes per year group) and has five different teachers a week, but they are specialist lessons (german, music, IT etc). If it her 'class teacher' I would be worried. Maybe she is the subject coordinator or H&S rep, whatever the reason I don't think it's best practice. I know that dd's school has a couple of KG classes with job share teachers but they are very young children (-3yo) so it seems less problematic.

Hulababy Tue 15-Sep-09 10:46:40

I wouldn't be happy with tgose arrangements. Unfair on the children who need consistency and to know what happens when.

Dd does have a number of teachers through the week but this is all arranged as different teachers take different subjects. She is in year 3.

Watchtheworldcomealivetonight Tue 15-Sep-09 10:56:34

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Bramshott Tue 15-Sep-09 10:59:55

I think more consistency is needed at that age. DD1 (also Yr 2) has her main class teacher, and then a regular cover teacher (the same every week) on a Tuesday to cover her teacher's PPA time. If her teacher is on a course etc, it's usually the same teacher who covers the class.

I think there are two issues here - you need to know if it's going to be a regular thing, or if there were just a few things for her teacher to sort out at the start of term. Children also react better to routine, so that if they know they have X on a Thursday and Y on a Wednesday afternoon, and it happens every week, that's much less of a problem.

However, there's also an issue with appropriate work being covered by the supply teachers - if the class are just colouring when there's someone else there, and that's happening quite often, then there is a lack of planning by the class teacher to ensure that there's appropriate work for the class to do in her absence.

If I were you, I'd be raising it with the head - initially in quite a low key way, to ask if this is going to be ongoing.

Kelloggs36 Thu 24-Sep-09 07:54:15

She may be one of the Advanced Skills Teachers, which means that they go out to other schools to help their teachers to deliver excellent lessons. They are also entitled to their own PPA time, and if they are senior management, they would have release time for other duties too. If it is regular, the planning should be done by her and then delivered by the supply teacher - only the PPA session should be planned by the cover teacher (in our school anyway lol).

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