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Are open evenings voluntary?

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by roseangel, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. No, they are not necessarily voluntary. They can be part of your directed time but you should be made aware of this.
    Parents evenings are never voluntary.
  2. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    You can be directed to 'report to parents' for the students that you teach in the guise of parents evenings. You cannot be directed to participate in marketing events or open evenings for prospective students.
  3. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    I would have thought that if the school specifically specifies (!!) it is directed time, then it becomes just that, directed time, and you are required to attend.
  4. Would that apply to any time though? What if they directed you to work at midnight or over the weekend? Not sure what the Burgundy Book says about this?
  5. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    Think that would be covered under contract - so if your contract doesn't say you have to work at weekends then you cannot be directed to do so
    STPCD says
    Specified working hours
    62.4 A teacher employed full-time must be available to perform such duties at such times and such places as may be specified by the head teacher (or, where the teacher is not assigned to any one school, by the employer or the head teacher of any school in which the teacher may for the time being be required to work as such) for 1258.5 hours, those hours to be allocated reasonably throughout those days in the school year on which the teacher is required to be available for work.
    Rights Conferred - all Teachers
    Overarching rights
    63.1 No teacher may be required to work on any Saturday, Sunday or public holiday unless their contract of employment expressly provides for this.
  6. very helpful. Thanks.
  7. Not parents evening, but a marketing open evening directed at primary school parents.
  8. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    Your union would support you in not being directed to attend this event.
  9. If it is in your school's directed time budget then you can be instructed to attend.
  10. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Yes, you can.
    I know of no union that has told its members they can refuse to attend such an event if it is 'costed' within directed time.


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