Dundee City Council has started posting job vacancies for a Secondary Schools leadership reshuffle that teachers in the city are striking against.
The council is pushing ahead with a new plan for managing teachers in secondary schools – despite a teachers’ strike on June 22 against it.
The council is also currently making arrangements for secondary schools in Dundee on the day of the teachers’ strike, prioritizing vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers.
A spokesperson for Dundee City Council said these arrangements are being finalized and will be communicated to school communities as soon as possible.
Abolition of senior teaching positions
The faculties will group “families” of subjects led by educational leaders to replace the current system, at the expense of 110 main teachers.
Schools are gradually transitioning to the new system from August, despite demands from local teachers to scrap the plans.
Vacancies are now advertised for heads of faculty, with job descriptions based on those in place in other Scottish local authorities that already have the faculty system.
Stewart Hunter, Dundee City Council’s Children and Families Organiser, said: “Individual headteachers – in consultation with their teachers and in partnership with senior officers – create a faculty structure that best supports the curriculum. , leadership, and management requirements of their school within delegated staffing. budgets.
“The faculty structures will not result in any reduction in the number of FTE (full-time equivalent) teachers in any school. On the contrary, our numbers will be reinforced.
However, the teachers’ union EIS says the restructuring would disrupt student learning and result in fewer experienced teachers, less dedicated support and increased teacher workload and stress.
Dundee EIS members are so strongly opposed to the new system that 88% voted in favor of industrial action, in a bid to fight its introduction.
David Baxter, local IST representative, said: “There is a very simple solution to avoid the strike: take the faculties off the table.
“If the council’s strategy is to overcome the strike, it shows that it has not listened.
“We asked to work with the council on this and they made the decision to go ahead. They offered nothing to end the conflict – nothing to avoid the strike.
“These are politicians telling teachers they know better than they do what’s going on in the classroom, and basically telling teachers how to run education.”
He added that this week’s next AGM for the EIS, to be held in Dundee, will likely be the last time the event takes place in the city, as a direct result of the dispute.
And that after the summer holidays, the union is looking to organize another vote on removing the “goodwill” of teachers.
If successfully supported, it would mean that teachers would no longer carry out additional tasks, such as supervising playgrounds during breaks or running after-school clubs.
David said: “It’s an escalation of the situation. Schools run on goodwill and once you take that away schools have a hard time running.
“The average teacher works 47 hours a week while on contract for 35 hours.
Schools run on goodwill and once you take that away schools have a hard time running.
“The board has lost the trust and goodwill of its teachers and will lose the town’s money (the AGM no longer being held in Dundee).
“If they take empowerment off the table, we’re happy to work with the council, but if they force that, empowerment will never happen.”
Three years of preparation
Plans to bring the faculty system to Dundee were approved by councilors three years ago and have since been presented to most councils in Scotland.
But the majority were brought in with lifelong cash retention (guaranteed wages), says David, which has since been dropped.
Councilor Stewart Hunter added: “Over the past three years council officers have met regularly with local union representatives to discuss and consult on the implementation of faculty structures in secondary schools.
“Ongoing changes have been made due to union feedback at these scheduled meetings, while updates have always been shared with unions.
“Dundee City Council hopes and wishes to continue discussions with the unions.
“We will also be discussing with senior teaching staff the options available to them in the future, and updating families on what these changes will mean for their children’s education.”
Dundee secondary teachers vote to strike with date agreed for next month
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