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Cover work

Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by champagnecharlie, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. How long is a reasonable amount of time to have to set cover work for an absent colleague? It is a prolonged absence that was not unforeseen. Anyone else been in this situation?
  2. ScotSEN

    ScotSEN Senior commenter

    I don't know having neverbeen in the situation. Who is actually teaching the class. If it is someone one a temp contract surely they should be sorting out the work - albeit with some support from the permanent staff.
  3. It is secondary (so multiple classes not one class). No-one is teaching them, mainly internal cover teachers who are not subject specific.
  4. It depends on the circumstances. I'd expect supply in after a couple of weeks but it's not always easy to get a subject specialist, depending on where you are.
  5. piglet171

    piglet171 New commenter

    Up to 5 days and a supply teacher will be paid only for hours in front of the class. After that time, they will be properly paid so may feel inclined to do some planning as well.
    Looks like stuffing the supply teachers is starting to have an effect on others! What a shame there wasn't more foresight on tha part of all those who couldn't be a***d to vote against it.
  6. Dominie

    Dominie New commenter

    Teaching the classes is down to the cover teachers. As long as they have their min 22.5 hrs respected, there's bu*ger all they can do.

    However ...

    Preparing the work to be taught is the responsibility of the line manager with resp for the department. PT subject or FacHead, makes no difference. Get your union rep to raise the issue with the HT or contact your local union secretary.

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