Part 2: 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 2/2) for Headteachers: What would you do? You can find part one here.To be used for professional development purposes only.Photo Credit: TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³ via Compfight ccScenario 1Staff room: Your deputy headteacher comes to and says that she was in the staff room and heard the head of languages ‘having a go’ at a new member of staff. There were several other members of staff there. As far as she can decipher, the issue was about some return or other. The head of department was threatening the new member of staff, that she ‘can forget a decent appraisal if you do not improve your performance’.What do you do?What can / can’t you do?Scenario 2Outside the PE building: An assistant headteacher told you that the boys PE staff are making remarks with a fairly broad sexual content, to a new member of the girls PE staff. Your informant says that as far as she can judge, it is ‘just banter’; but some other female members of staff were looking very concerned.What do you do?What can / can’t you do?Scenario 3Staff briefing: A member of staff is organising the school sponsored walk is encouraging staff participation and finishes with: “We want anyone who isn’t fat or crippled to be there. Oh, but I don’t expect you to be there Grandad!” he adds, laughingly looking at the oldest member of staff.What do you do?What can / can’t you do?Photo Credit: Neil. Moralee via Compfight ccScenario 4Your office: A long-standing member of staff is approaching 65. He is desperate to go on teaching and everyone knows that teaching is his life. Unfortunately, it is clear that he is not as good as he was. In fact, if he were a younger member of staff, you’d be starting to initiate capability procedures. His head of department has been ‘tempering the wind to the shorn lamb’ is he puts it, and not drawing attention to these difficulties in his performance management.What do you do?What can / can’t you do?Scenario 5A member of staff has a child with a severe physical disability. She is often asking for time off work. You pick up that some other members of staff are beginning to object to this.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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