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Are you fixed term or permanent?

Discussion in 'Part-time and job share' started by scorpio12, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. scorpio12

    scorpio12 New commenter


    I just wondered if most of you part-time teachers were on a fixed term or permanent contract? The majority of the part time teachers at my large primary school are on fixed term contracts and there is quite a lot of uncertainty for us. Just wondered if that was typical? Thanks.
  2. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Sorry you've had no response.

    I'm secondary, and I've had three part-time contracts - the first was permanent; the others were Jan-Aug fixed-term. Both of those were to help cover a mid-year departure. The first school asked me whether I'd be interested in staying on, but I wasn't for personal reasons. The second school could cover everything with the full-timers the next year.

    As I understand it, fixed-term contracts shouldn't really be used unless there is a particular reason, eg covering maternity/secondment, increase in pupil numbers which may not be permanent. If you've been there at least four years, you are entitled to become permanent unless there's a good reason why the contracts were all fixed term (eg successive maternity covers).

    As far as security of employment goes, non-renewal of a fixed-term contract is a dismissal, and if the employee has two or more years of service, there must be a fair reason. If that reason is redundancy, you're entitled to redundancy pay.

    I think they're also not supposed to discriminate against those on fixed-term contracts when selecting for redundancy - a blanket policy of letting all the fixed-term people go ahead of the permanent employees is, I think, not allowed.

    So, if I'm right about that, there's not a huge amount for you to worry about, although it would be interesting to know the school's reasons for using the fixed-term contracts, and whether they are aware that it does not necessarily make it easy for them to get rid of you.
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  3. scorpio12

    scorpio12 New commenter

    Thank you. That is very helpful. I don't think the part time teachers at my school should be fixed as we are not doing maternity cover/or a 'fixed term' of cover -we continue to work part time each year. I will have a speak to my Head and see if I can gleam any more info. Thanks again.
  4. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    what about a fixed two year contract on part time?
  5. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    I would not be happy if a permanent, full-time teacher was offered a part-time contract but only on a fixed-term basis. That would raise questions about less-favourable treatment and potential claims of discrimination.

    Bear in mind that continuous employment rights will have accrued from a full-time contract into a part-time one, if the employer has remained the same and there has been no break in employment.

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