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Teachers - what do you do, if anything, over and above what you're expected to do?

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lottytheladybird Fri 15-Apr-16 19:57:08

I'm interested to find out how much other teachers give up of their own time to run activities or have extra responsibilities that you aren't paid for. What do you do and how do you feel about doing it?

teacher54321 Fri 15-Apr-16 19:59:16

Run a GCSE course in my own time. Do 6 extra curricular activities per week.

TheSolitaryWanderer Fri 15-Apr-16 20:01:38

Primary school. So, given that I'm paid to plan, teach, mark and assess, there's a lot of other stuff that is extra.

Scarydinosaurs Fri 15-Apr-16 20:01:39

Handwriting club in the morning, teach extra sessions for kids who have missed topics/coursework after school, lunchtime catch up, have done lunchtime clubs and run competitions/taken part in national competitions (non-sporting).

Jaimx86 Fri 15-Apr-16 20:01:50

Saturday sessions, late night meetings until 8.30pm, give up lunch times.

enchantedfairytale Fri 15-Apr-16 20:03:49

It used to be loads - trips, clubs, revision classes. I don't really do anything now.

PenelopePitstops Fri 15-Apr-16 20:04:48

Secondary core
1 x ppa per week for year 11 revision
1 x after school session for year 11 (hour)

Regular meetings until 8.

At least I'm now being paid to lead key stage 3. Did it for 6 months without it.

Heirhelp Fri 15-Apr-16 20:13:42

Considering we are only laid for 32.5 hours, I do about 27.5 of work that I am not paid to do. This year is was mostly essential activities including planning, resources, contacting parents, marking and pastoral stuff.

Leslieknope45 Fri 15-Apr-16 20:47:13

Teach 5 hours of A level a fortnight that isn't timetabled.

Scarydinosaurs Fri 15-Apr-16 20:50:51

Oh gosh yeah, the trips!! Endless sodding trips.

Leslieknope45 Fri 15-Apr-16 20:51:22

And the trips

phlebasconsidered Fri 15-Apr-16 22:31:14

Morning boosters, after school boosters, Easter holiday boosters. Lunchtime catch ups, after school hockey, before school running. After school homework club. And that's not counting the meetings and admin.

Iwantacampervan Sat 16-Apr-16 07:35:32

After school clubs, morning (before school) boosters and residentials.

EvilTwins Sat 16-Apr-16 12:38:59

Planning and marking falls into the "expected" category. Over and above for me:
Full school production each year (involves after school rehearsals, at least three full Sundays rehearsing and then staying until 10.30pm in production week)
Lots of trips
Watching kids I teach in out-of-school performances
Spending time after hours/in holidays helping older students prepare for auditions
Currently - I take 4 students to choir rehearsals at our local theatre after school one day each week otherwise they wouldn't be able to get there on time.

BoneyBackJefferson Sat 16-Apr-16 13:50:34

Saturday sessions.
extra curricular clubs.
multi school competitions.
Lunchtime clubs.
Research in to various subjects.
Booster sessions.

MrsGuyOfGisbo Sat 16-Apr-16 14:32:59

Why do people act beyond their contract, when unions have 'action short of strike action'?
In the case of taking kids to classes they couldn't get to in time, clearly a kind thing to do - but presumably voluntary - the school does not expect that.
For the other activities, what would happen if they were not done?
If it would affect pay and progression, then there is surely they ought to be specifically noted as such in the contract, otherwise the employer cannot penalise you for not doing them. Schools are getting away with not paying (ie employing more people) for services they are getting for free.
Where I live ( and probably everywhere) there is a shortage of maths teachers. A school I was in this week has four of the six leaving at the end of term, three of them to indies, one to go abroad.
They have one applicant who is suitable for interviewing - so even if they take him (NQT so will have reduced timetable, need mentoring) they will still have to advertise again to get the others. Every other school in around is advertising for a maths teacher (and I know that at least nearest has more than one vacancy) so it is going to be tough to get eh places filled.
So the time has come when there is scope here to negotiate terms and conditions to a reasonable level, and insist on a contract that defines them?

EvilTwins Sat 16-Apr-16 18:05:38

Everything "extra" that I do is voluntary. If I was told I had to do it, then I am very likely to tell SLT where to stick it.

The extras are appreciated by the kids and their parents, and that is what counts. At my school, certainly, these things do not affect pay and progression. If I decided one year not to do a school show, the kids would miss it (and so would I!) but I genuinely don't think SLT would get arsey about it.

Not sure they even know I take the students to choir, or go to see kids in out-of-school productions - it's not something I bother to discuss with them.

BoneyBackJefferson Sat 16-Apr-16 18:47:21


some bits I do because they benefit me, some I do because I started them pre work to rule (and I would try and do them anyway). Most I do because they benefit the children that I work with and firmly believe that education should not be the political football that it has become.

lottytheladybird Sat 16-Apr-16 20:10:21

You're all amazing for all that you do! smile

Feenie Sat 16-Apr-16 20:15:18

For the children, Guy. Obviously! My union/performance manager/universe don't give a monkey's if, for example, I give up all my lunchtimes to run a Bananagrams tournament to find a winner to compete in national online rounds. But the kids love it!

Feenie Sat 16-Apr-16 20:17:19

And, as far as I am aware, my union (NUT) aren't advocating action short of strike action atm. And nor are any others.

teacher54321 Sat 16-Apr-16 21:00:11

I do everything extra that I do for the kids. I am so passionate about my subject (music) and I had amazing teaching when I was at school so I want to pay it forward smile

PurpleAlerts Sat 16-Apr-16 23:51:16

Three lunchtime clubs
One after school club
Two assemblies
SMT meeting
Staff meeting my after the after school club
0.6 contract ( 35 hours for 18.5 hours of pay)

Yeah- I don't work there any more...

FirstVix Sun 17-Apr-16 02:01:54

Feenie, fairly sure NASUWT is still running on this mandate. I believe NUT broke away from it after their last strike (before?) to take more direct action.
Not that any teacher I know feels that they can get away with a 'work to rule' policy anyway!

Feenie Sun 17-Apr-16 02:18:41

No, they're not. Any action on their website refers to 2015.

There is no 2016 action.

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