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Confusion over maternity cover: advice welcome.

Discussion in 'Welcome lounge and forum help' started by francismccrory, Dec 7, 2015.

  1. francismccrory

    francismccrory New commenter

    I just wondered if there might be anyone out there who might advise me on this one.
    I've been lucky enough to land myself a part time maternity cover post in a very nice school from January until October 2016. I'd like to think I can prove myself worth keeping on beyond the maternity cover expiry. However should allow this desire and my optimism about the job prevent me from chasing new leads in the January / February / March peak season for Job adverts for September openings? I'd feel it a bit discourteous, having just accepted a job from a Head teacher to be then asking for a reference. Any advice welcom
  2. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Hello @francismccrory

    This is a general help forum - for those having problems using the site. You might be better to post this in Workplace Dilemmas where you may get more responses to your query.
  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    This should probably be in workplace dilemmas. This is a forum for problems with this forum.
    I would say that if the lady you're covering returns, and if there are no additional vacancies in your current school, then they will not be able to offer you a longer term role no matter how brilliant you are.
    Starting another job in September is probably within the rules of your contract.
    I would start as you mean to go on. See how you like the school once you're there and working. Once they've got a feel for you (half term?), it will then be worth having a "what if?" conversation with your head. I doubt many jobs will come up before then, and by then you will know how the land lies.
    Good luck
  4. francismccrory

    francismccrory New commenter

    Thank you P
  5. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    I wouldn't advise just waiting and seeing what happens - the postholder can return at any time after eight weeks (I believe), and only has to give 21 days' notice. Enjoy your post, but do take opportunities to look for jobs. Good luck.

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