I teach psychology and sociology A level at a comprehensive school in Yorkshire.
2 years ago I was offered an opportunity to run a pilot project of an SEBD unit for 6 months at no risk to my future in the school this was given to me verbally by the head who has now retired. Although I never had a letter confirming this because I trusted the head teacher. Which would take 50% of my time The project was badly planned, without full time to prepare and I was advised by a specialist consultant that there were too few staff. There were issues with some of the staff which I expressed concern about and no one listened. I didn’t have a job description and worked without support. In February on one day I advised the head to semi close the project on the basis of an informal risk assessment. He refused and there was an unsafe incident. I have contemporaneous notes. The project failed and I was blamed. All the other staff were taken back into their substantive posts. Mine was cut in half because the school decided not to run sociology since they had had only 3 applications from students because I had not been able to promote it while I was I involved in the project work.
I was given job to manage interventions with students including Pastoral Support Programmes but was told very clearly that this half of my job would last a year until a member of staff came back from maternity leave. I had no choice but to accept. I have done my job well and inspections of my teaching have put me near the best in the school and consistently in the top 1/3 of teachers
In December I was told that I would not be allowed to promote sociology because the school had decided not to run it. As a subject When I asked why I was told that the numbers were too low. I offered to find 10 students who would take sociology and if I did could I run it. The answer came back that it is not suitable for our students. We measure A level success by residuals mine were the second best in the school. I challenged the decisions and said if they were reviewing A levels then they should review: Law IT Human Biology Physics Sport and Business Studies all of which have had dodgy results for the last few years. No one has replied to this email. The deputy who made the decision not to run the subject had a daughter in school a few years ago who was extremely lazy. She studied sociology and got an E grade. He said to me that “sociology was not suitable” for our students yet last year 2 of my students got their highest grades in that subject and a third student went to Cambridge with a B in sociology to accompany his A in English.
Just over a month ago I found that one of the substantive tasks of my post on the written list given to me by the head of tasks he wanted me to perform, is being given to someone else.
We then had a staff meeting where it was discussed that 2 teachers will be made redundant.
A teacher has just left who teaches media studies and they have advertised her post
I am the most vulnerable teacher, but they decided that in December before the consultation period began in January.
Should I rely on my Union to defend me given that they have to represent the interests of all their members equally or do I have a case for constructive dismissal and should I scare them before the decision is published? If I am made redundant can I claim that they put me at greater risk of redundancy becuse of their treatment of me following the project was different to the other staff weho had been seconded.