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Contract advice

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by mrsgorewoda, Jan 8, 2020.

  1. mrsgorewoda

    mrsgorewoda New commenter

    Hi I've been on a temporary contract for 2 years now and I'm not sure on the rights to a permanent contract? Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. phatsals

    phatsals Established commenter

    You aren't entitled to a permanent contract, that could come at 4 years. At two years you are entitled not to be dismissed unfairly, ie redundancy pay should your post come to an end. Unfortunately it is standard practice to employ TAs to support a particular child in school, when that child leaves the post comes to an end.
    sunshineneeded likes this.
  3. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Phatsals is correct - permanent contract 'rights' don't come into the picture at all until you've been employed for 4 years. However, many TAs who are employed to work 1-1 with a particular child are able to remain at their schools once that child leaves. Working 1-1 with a child with educational and (even more so) behaviour challenges isn't for everyone; experienced TAs who are enjoy this and are good at it are worth their weight in gold! I certainly couldn't do it. It often happens that as one child is leaving, another comes along or is already at the school and waiting for the right person, so the TA can continue in post.
  4. phatsals

    phatsals Established commenter

    But it isn't guaranteed. I've certainly had TA's that were 'let go' after many years loyal service. Their skills weren't seen as 'quite right' and that was it.

    There is increasing demand for specialist TA's but that specialism requirement as changed over time. There is increased demand for those that can support children with physical disabilities, but that really isn't for everyone. I've known TA's to be thumped and one was pushed downstairs by a child with behavioural difficulties. It can be a very hard job.
    sunshineneeded likes this.
  5. ElizaJean

    ElizaJean New commenter

    I had to point out to SLT that I was still on a temporary contract and should I be applying for jobs that were coming up at the school. It seems, it was an oversight and I gained a permanent contract without having to apply for other posts.

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