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Dear James, NQT year, maternity cover and returning to supply?

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by GloriaSunshine, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. GloriaSunshine

    GloriaSunshine New commenter

    Why is that?
    No, you'll need to find a post lasting at least a term.
    The school may be prepared to keep you on so that you can complete the term but, as you say, they are likely to give you notice leaving you to start that incomplete term again elsewhere.
    You need to check the contract, particularly notice period and whether there is an end date or, as usual with maternity covers, it is open depending on the return of the post holder. On a positive notte, if the post becomes permanent, you won't have to worry about any of this!

  2. Hi
    If the school is employing you for at least a term then they must, by law, place you on induction for that term, so they cannot withold induction for the first of what may be three terms.
    If you do not complete induction and you have already done some daily supply then the clock has started and if your 16 months has run out then you would be able to apply to the LA for an extension to the 16 months - they can grant up to an extra 12 months on supply.
    If a teacher returns early from maternity you may be served notice by the school, should this happen less than 30 days before the end of induction it may be possible for the LA to reduce induction by up to, but no more than, 29 days provided you have met the induction standards in full.
    If you move to a new school and induction is not complete or you leave part way through a term you may lose some of that time as the minimum you can spend on induction in a school is one term. It can only be less if the post carries on in the same school.
    So do check since the school cannot decide if and when they place you on induction if you have a one term minimum contract (the fact that it is maternity cover is irrelevant and so is the fact that the person's timetable will be difficult to chgange to provide your PPA and NQT time). The head must make whatever arrangements are necessary to meet the statutory guidance and you must take responsibility and be proactive and get involved in your induction and training.

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