It looks like I am going to be told to teach 14 Higher pupils and 4 Advanced Higher pupils in one class.
The Higher pupils are supposed to be taught 6 periods a week while 3 of those periods involve me also teaching the AH – with those AH pupils actually in the class for all 6 periods. A few of the H pupils are likely to drop down after prelim and upgrade their National 5 award – so a tri-level class will exist. I have 32 years teaching experience and love my job – but I cannot do this. Are bi-level H and AH class widespread? Do you have any experience of this?
I’ve sometimes had ah in with higher but always had 1 or 2 periods with the advanced highers on their own which made a huge difference. It looks like this year I will have 1 pupil doing ah in with the higher class. I’m not massively sure how I will handle it, previously I’d get them on their own to cover the more difficult aspects then give them work to do during the higher periods, and leave them to do most of the reading on the less conceptually difficult stuff on their own. I don’t envy your position, I’ve only 1, that might go to 2, but if I get into a routine that works I will share whatever I can. I know that isn’t much in terms of advice, just some sympathy with your situation. You will get windows of opportunity when you get the highers on task, that’s all I can really suggest.
You can just refuse to take the AH. There is no overlap of content in AH that extends from Higher meaning these are 2 descrete courses. Higher is notionally a 160 hour corse in itself never mind the extra AH comtent Probably better for your young people that they choose something else or the school works with others partners, college for AH. Just my violence. I think it’s sometimes better to say no. Good luck.