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Another euphemism for a 'freebie'.

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Jolly_Roger1, Jun 29, 2017.

  1. bonnie1

    bonnie1 Senior commenter

    They are smiling in your face whilst whipping your wallet out of your back pocket!:eek:
  2. Moony

    Moony Lead commenter

    I know what they charge per day that I'm sent out, I know how much I get paid, it's just simple maths to work out what they make from me and I know I'm the one that makes out the best. They make their money from the number of teachers they are able to send out not ripping people off.

    Yes, there are some really dodgy agencies out there but not all of them will be dodgy. But by all means, please continue to assume that you know more about supply in my area and the people that work in it than I do.
  3. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    I am sorry to resurrect this old thread but I have just heard a new (to me, anyway) euphemism for an unpaid trial. Apparently, the school would like to 'scope' me.
  4. historygrump

    historygrump Senior commenter Forum guide

    Jolly_Roger that sounds painful and would bring tears to your eyes!

    However if they want to scope you they should pay something for the experience and to cover your loss of earnings
  5. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    @historygrump: The intention was 'one up the bum' in the figurative sense, I hope! If it meant it literally, it is new take on the dreaded 'an opportunity to put something back'.
    les25paul likes this.
  6. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

  7. Moony

    Moony Lead commenter

    Would they at least provide the lubricant for that experience?
  8. Moony

    Moony Lead commenter

  9. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Established commenter

    Most of these requests for unpaid work don't sound legal. If it were for a couple of hours they could get away with unpaid 'trials' or 'scoping' however if it is for a full day (or multiple sessions) then they have to at least pay the minimum wage - at which point you're entering contract of employment territory.
  10. bounceback

    bounceback Occasional commenter

    My previous agency were just starting to go down this route, but got round it by saying it was a trial on a 'voluntary' basis
  11. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Established commenter

    I doubt that would stand up to a legal challenge. Voluntary or not, if it's a trial then it should only be a couple of hours, that would be enough to see if you are capable of doing the job.

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