Punishment may not be the best phrase, but there are so many times that leaders in schools use their great teachers which are only justified because they’re ‘good’ teachers.
Here are some things I’ve heard about:
- Always taking visitors to their classroom
- Ensuring Ofsted go to their classroom
- Putting a ‘naughty’ student in their group because ‘they’ll deal with them’
- Giving them ‘bottom’ sets as they can ‘teach them’
- Making them lead things (on the same teaching hours as ‘not so great’ teachers)
- Mentioning their name all the time in meetings ( once or twice is nice, more than that is just embarrassing)
- Saying ‘Well they get good results…..’ for justifying an action that isn’t related to results, involving that teacher
- Always involving them in whole school initiatives as they’ll ‘do it best’
- Assuming they’ll be happy to always go above and beyond without recompense
- Giving them the jobs/tasks/classes/rooms/resources that others wouldn’t want because ‘they’ll cope’
- Keep being pushed to take more responsibility even though they just want to be a classroom teacher
So if you’re a leader in a school, think carefully how you treat your ‘great’ teachers. Giving some teachers more to do because they’re ‘good’ may not be the best way to manage them.