When I started teaching I assumed that SLT would want to know my opinion, would want to be informed if policies were flawed or were not working. I assumed that when SLT presented a new policy to the staff they would definitely want to hear about any flaws or problems with the policy. With that particular leadership team I could not have been more wrong.
It was made very clear in many different ways that the only contributions that were welcome were enthusiastic positive ones. People discovered very quickly that being enthusiastic about new policies was how to get ahead so ambitious teachers would compete to be the most enthusiastic about a new policy.
I was appalled by this state of affairs until I did some union work in the school. Some new policies were going to be brought in without consultations that were going to massively impact on workload…
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