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FredBassett
FredBassett
12 Dec 2013 08:50

Just wondering if anyone else has year 10 & 11students at DCC coming home saying they have no teachers. Seems mine are having supply and student teachers for most of their lessons. Getting a bit worried

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Lynne
Lynne
12 Dec 2013 09:35

Have you contacted the school to express your concerns?

OLD FART
OLD FART
12 Dec 2013 09:38

Maybe with all the cut backs the kids have to take their own to school as they do with books etc. 

FredBassett
FredBassett
12 Dec 2013 10:55

@Lynne

No havent contacted the school yet as I was trying to get a broader picture of the situation. If the school are having staffing difficulties at the moment then wouldnt it be sensible to inform parents. We get lots of letters sent home about other unimportant things. This could turn out to be serious for year 10 & 11s leading upto their exams.

leatash
leatash
12 Dec 2013 11:14

At least one teacher has had to have major surgery and will not be back untill February or March.  DCC has a great managment team and it is unlikely standards will drop, things will probably be back to normal after Christmas.

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leatash
leatash
19 Dec 2013 17:08

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  Subject: English, Maths and Science Staffing  
     
 

Dear Parents and Carers

English, Mathematics and Science Department Staffing

As you may be aware the college has faced some significant staffing issues in the core subjects. These have been unavoidable and I have tried to minimise the disruption to students learning. Some supply agency staff have had to be used but there has also been cover from our own staff which I appreciate.

In English Ms Quigley has been off since half term and will not return until March at the earliest. Her Key Stage 3 and 4 lessons, in particular Year 11 Set 1, are being covered by Mrs Buchanan-Brown who is a very experienced English teacher. Ms Quigley’s remaining lessons, such as PSHE, will be covered by a long term supply teacher, Ms Daunt who is well known in the college and an experienced practitioner.

In Maths both Mr Hedden (Faculty Team Leader for Maths) and Mr Blackwell are currently not in college but will return mid-way through the Spring Term. I am pleased to say that I have secured the services of Mrs Adams to cover Mr Blackwell’s timetable and Mr Hedden’s Year 11 Set 2 class. Mrs Adams is a very experienced Maths teacher who previously worked at the college for many years and is also an examiner. I know she will support her classes well in the lead up to exams and mocks. For Mr Hedden’s remaining classes we have secured Mr Doidge, who again is an experienced teacher and has been with us since half term. Ms Blackwell, currently second in Maths, will take on the role as Head of Maths until Mr Hedden returns to the college. I want to express my thanks for her leadership, support and hard work in leading the Maths department in Mr Hedden’s absence. Any Year 11 parents who wish to discuss their child’s progress in Maths at the Year 11 Parents’ Evening on 9th January will need to see Mr Simon, Ms Caunter or Mr Woodhead. Please contact the college to make these appointments.

In Science, after a period of absence, Mr Nicholson is now back in college and will take up his role as Head of Science again in the New Year. Mrs Freeman will revert back to her second in department role and I thank her for role as acting Head of Science over this term.

Please be assured that the college is managing these absences to ensure that your son/daughter’s education does not suffer and I am very confident that the staff we have in place to cover the absent colleagues will be doing their upmost to ensure that they deliver the very best lessons, particularly for Year 11 students in the run up to the exam period.

If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me directly at the college.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

 

J Simon
Principal

 
     
 
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FredBassett
FredBassett
19 Dec 2013 17:41

@leatash

thank you

Duckileaks
Duckileaks
19 Dec 2013 20:10

Sad to see so many staff have been ill.  Mr Hedden in particular who is a fantastic teacher and worked wonders for my child's grades.

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