Part 1: What Would You Do As Headteacher?

@TeacherToolkitIn 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account through which he rapidly became the ‘most followed teacher on social media in the UK’. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain’ by The Sunday… Read more about @TeacherToolkitWhat would you do as the headteacher?I have used the following scenarios from an ASCL training course I attended four years ago. The INSET focused on discrimination; employment law; appraisal and salary, following the Equality Act of 2010.This is a short blog-series (Part 1/2) of various scenarios for Headteachers: What would you do? You can find part two and try the scenarios once you have completed this one.To be used for professional development purposes.Scenario 1You are desperate for a teacher of GCSE Science at the beginning of the Spring term. You get an application for an Australian teacher who is doing the walkabout gap year. You interview her and she’s just what you need, and you want her to start immediately.What do you do?What can / can’t you do?Scenario 2You interview a science teacher. He is not the ideal candidate, but you offer him the job. He says he has another interview and he will think about it. You hear nothing more from him for three weeks, by which time you have interviewed someone else via a neighbouring headteacher tip-off. You have appointed her. Then original candidate calls you up and says “I’m going to accept the post after all.” You explain the job has gone and he then threatens you with action for ‘breach of contract’.What do you do?What can / can’t you do?Scenario 3On 20 February a member of staff asks to see you and says that he has had an interview over half term. They ask to be released for the summer term. Do you have to agree?What do you do?What can / can’t you do?Scenario 4Your bursar comes to you and says that she is concerned about a school order for an electric drill; which has been placed by your head of technology for personal use. She says that this has always been common practice in the technology department – for as long as she can remember – and says she has always been uncomfortable about it.What do you do?What can / can’t you do?Scenario 5A union representative comes to you and says that it is custom practice, never to have meetings in the last week of term. What is your response?What do you do?What can / can’t you do?Scenario 6You discover that your school union representatives have two free periods a week for union business. Your cover supervisor says that when they have tried to use the union representatives in the past for an emergency, they have objected and said that this time was protected.What do you do?What can / can’t you do?Scenario 7:A member of staff is having serious trouble with a difficult class. Then he has an object thrown at him. When you decide not to exclude the boy who did it, but prefer to refer the incident to the local authority Behaviour and Attendance Partnership, the teachers’ union representative comes to you and complains, for ‘failure in your duty of care for a member of staff’.What do you do?What can / can’t you do?Answers on a postcardIf you would like to respond to any these scenarios, please leave a comment at the bottom of this blog.I am happy to include some options alongside each scenario to guide you … 51.511214-0.119824Related

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