Reflections on Becoming a Head of Year.

Educating Miss

When I was appointed a science teacher at my current (and only) school I looked forward to meeting my new form on their first day back from the summer holidays and getting to know them. I was a little disappointed to be given a year 12 form. Colleagues thought I was strange as it was perceived that a year 12 or 13 form was a gift in regards to workload. Many colleagues reported trying to get onto the 6th form team for this very reason. Pastoral care at this level is challenging. The range of issues that come up are varied (as with any year group) but more adult in nature and more frequently complex than lower down the school. For a fresh-faced NQT with zero pastoral experience I was ill equipped to deal effectively with this challenge. I think colleagues wanting to get on the 6th form team hadn’t…

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