I recently chanced across this thread
which began with the following post:
“I have been teaching for thirty years and all Headteachers I have worked for have all made some effort to do a token knock before entering the staffroom. We have a new Head however and she barges in when ever she likes sometimes two or three times during a lunchtime. Am I right in thinking it is ‘our’ room and she has to be invited?”
Like the writer I started teaching a little more than 30 years ago when it was expected that the headteacher would only enter the staffroom when ‘invited’ by the deputy head of senior teacher, or at least knock when entering to announce his presence. What interested me though was the response in the other comments, which greeted the original post with some disbelief – e.g. ‘Is this a joke?’, seemingly completely unaware of the customs of not-so-long ago. It occurred to me that a generation of teachers who in the main attended ‘traditional’ grammar schools in the 1960s are now in the process of retiring, making way for a new generation taught in the ‘modern’ comprehensives of the 1970s in which the headteacher is no longer seen as an isolated, almost god-like entity whose manifestation needed to be announced, but as ‘part of the team’.
Oh well, at least something has changed then.
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