Job expectations

That 'eventually' is what is scary. 'Eventually' could mean 'too late to save you from permanent damage/death.' I make sure to arrange with someone ahead of time to either observe me, or at the very least call me every so often. If I don't answer, they know to come check. Having some small amount of help from the technology technician (she pops in 4-5 sessions a week if her workload allows) makes this easier to arrange, since I can focus on it when she is here to keep an eye out, but before that, getting someone to be aware is the only safe way to do it.

I briefly considered that we could set up something on here so we can let each other know that we're doing something dangerous, and post again once we're done, but it would be logistically challenging. Sharing numbers to call and such might be a GDPR nightmare.
It's a good idea though, Peter.
 
That sounds an awful lot in 24 hours.
I work 25 hours, I have four Physics teachers, plus currently one non specialist doing one lesson a cycle. We only have Yr9-13. We have one yr 13 class and two yr 12.
 
Hi everyone, I was just wondering about what is reasonable/normal and what is not in terms of work load (as have not done this job previously and haven't done it for too long).

So I am a lone tech and I work 24 hours a week, not in the holidays, there are 11 teachers and I go between two different school sites transferring equipment and the expectation is to run a lunchtime club ( which I have dropped for the start of this term to get to grips with new teachers). Then of course all the other stuff such as H&S admin, stock solutions, ordering etc.
Is this pretty standard? Or more or less than others? Just trying to get a gauge on things :)
Thanks in advance.
Nightfury, you need to have an informal chat with your HoD, or someone higher up. If you don't have any success, maybe join a union and ask them to step in on your behalf. Put your welfare first.
 
You can get devices which can signal an alarm to a designated person or phone number if a button is pressed or the alarm senses the person is down on the floor ( or having a sit down if you forget you're wearing it during a break
 
You can get devices which can signal an alarm to a designated person or phone number if a button is pressed or the alarm senses the person is down on the floor ( or having a sit down if you forget you're wearing it during a break
Devices for old folks?
 
Sounds like you are doing too much - bet they have a way of making you feel like it's perfectly acceptable and making you feel like your letting them down if you are struggling - Don't struggle or put yourself at risk.
 
Hi everyone, I was just wondering about what is reasonable/normal and what is not in terms of work load (as have not done this job previously and haven't done it for too long).

So I am a lone tech and I work 24 hours a week, not in the holidays, there are 11 teachers and I go between two different school sites transferring equipment and the expectation is to run a lunchtime club ( which I have dropped for the start of this term to get to grips with new teachers). Then of course all the other stuff such as H&S admin, stock solutions, ordering etc.
Is this pretty standard? Or more or less than others? Just trying to get a gauge on things :)
Thanks in advance.
In my previous (state) school I was 37hpw tto for all three sciences 11-16 in five labs on the same floor. They are asking too much.
 
I am 37hrs per week, TTO, half time in Science (Lone working) and half in tech. The school are advertising for lunchtime staff on a higher hourly rate than me.
Some things just don't get done, as there are only so many hours in the day. I buy in all the made up acids. I sometimes don't see anyone whilst I'm in science, if I had an accident, who knows what would happen.
I have asked for help, but they are not going to replace the Senior science tech. I feel we are overworked and undervalued, and it's just going to get worse.
 
I am 37hrs per week, TTO, half time in Science (Lone working) and half in tech. The school are advertising for lunchtime staff on a higher hourly rate than me.
Some things just don't get done, as there are only so many hours in the day. I buy in all the made up acids. I sometimes don't see anyone whilst I'm in science, if I had an accident, who knows what would happen.
I have asked for help, but they are not going to replace the Senior science tech. I feel we are overworked and undervalued, and it's just going to get worse.
I hear you
 
You can get devices which can signal an alarm to a designated person or phone number if a button is pressed or the alarm senses the person is down on the floor ( or having a sit down if you forget you're wearing it during a break

My watch can alert a pre-set list of contacts if it thinks I've had an emergency or I press the button for long enough. I usually set it off when I'm cleaning and leaning on my hand so the back of my hand squashes the button!
 
I am TTplus insets, 28hrs/wk, two colleagues TTO on 26 and 30 hrs/wk. We have 11 labs on 2 floors, 12 teachers. Management have just presented us with a new JD that includes cover supervision, first aid cover over the whole school site, and responsibility for all H&S compliance (still waiting to have the scope of that clarified). Union is on it but we could do without the stress
 
1 technician here, 4 days per week. 7 Labs, 9 teachers. Prep School to Year 13. I cover all 3 sciences, photocopier breakdowns, ordering, reception duties for the department. The school doesn't want to provide anymore technical hours.
 
Lone working? You've got to wonder how our employers get away with it.

I'd be asking for their risk assessment (Health & safety at Work Act) Pretty sure Cleapss might have a thing or two to say about that as well - making up acids? Generating chlorine? Mental health?
Its happening in lots of schools now. Cost cutting and no consideration for a technician's well being.
 
1 technician here, 4 days per week. 7 Labs, 9 teachers. Prep School to Year 13. I cover all 3 sciences, photocopier breakdowns, ordering, reception duties for the department. The school doesn't want to provide anymore technical hours.

They need to assign someone for a technician breakdown. That's insane...
 
Hi everyone, I was just wondering about what is reasonable/normal and what is not in terms of work load (as have not done this job previously and haven't done it for too long).

So I am a lone tech and I work 24 hours a week, not in the holidays, there are 11 teachers and I go between two different school sites transferring equipment and the expectation is to run a lunchtime club ( which I have dropped for the start of this term to get to grips with new teachers). Then of course all the other stuff such as H&S admin, stock solutions, ordering etc.
Is this pretty standard? Or more or less than others? Just trying to get a gauge on things :)
Thanks in advance.
Thats CRACKERS! and probably not safe.

We only have 6 teachers but quite heavy on practical lessons, average 40+ a week. I used to be a lone tech on 28 hours and I upped my hours to 32. I now have an amazing part time tech who has taken off the pressure so much. We also do a lot for the library, demos, new experiments, all 3 science Alevel's plus BTEC Combined science, science clubs and help out the Duke of Edinburgh kids and look after all sites plants. And NO useable dishwasher.
 
Started early as usual and found late books again for tomorrow. Emailed to say they can't have the reqs.

Late booking here is just the norm. Tired of it.
I feel ya

This is what i walked into this morning - pink are late, blue are ones I've had to chase the staff cos there wasn't nearly enough details to complete the request and green are ones were the only info i got was their name and the room......
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I feel ya

This is what i walked into this morning - pink are late, blue are ones I've had to chase the staff cos there wasn't nearly enough details to complete the request and green are ones were the only info i got was their name and the room......
Grim!

This is mine. The lates are obvious and the ones I saw when I came in this morn. The colours relate to which lab the pracs are for.

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