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asked to work in half term

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by mynameisnotteacher, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. Have been asked to work 2 weekdays in our 5 day half term (at no extra pay or time off in lieu). Is this acceptable? I'm not happy about it! The job is to rearrange layout and to update resources.
    Thank you in advance for advice
  2. MarkS

    MarkS New commenter

    errr....no!!! Unless you are in an independent or maybe an academy....
    Otherwise, you are employed for 195 days as laid out in the LA/school calendar published way in advance. Tell the Head you have a holiday booked, or that your visiting your auntie in a far flung town...no-one can insist you are in work!
  3. errr....yes!!!
    There is nothing to stop a school ASKING if you would come in.
    There is nothing to stop you saying NO with a clear conscience.
    You are employed 365 days a year, so additional pay may not be appropriate; your salary is &pound;Xk per annum. You can be <u>directed </u>to be at work for 195 days, but STPCD makes it clear that in order to fulfill ttheir professional duties a teacher needs to work any additional hours, which may NOT be directed by the school.
  4. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    tom clancy said exactly what I was thinking!
  5. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    Indeed. You can be asked - You can say 'no', without the need to use fibs about holidays or some such.
  6. Indeed the head can direct you in half term, but the days should not amount to more than 195. It would be an extreme case, ie Ofsted, special measures etc and it should be notified in good time, but you can be directed and then you would get the time back in term time to keep to the 195 days.
  7. AdmiralNelson

    AdmiralNelson New commenter

    I'm not sure he/she can (reference, please), and certainly not without a good period of notice. After all many teachers go away during half-term, and book up months before...
  8. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    As others have said - just say 'No'. Even if pay were offered, you would still have the option to say 'No'.

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