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Flexible working request

Discussion in 'Parenting' started by bradley10, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. Thanks for your advice, La Mariposa.
    Luckily, I've managed to find a lovely nursery that are allowing me some flexibility regarding the days I will need. I've just provisionally booked the days that Grandma can't cover!
    I'm obviously fortunate that my request 'seems' to have been accepted, but I can't relax until I know its definite!
    Hurray, don't they need a very good reason not to offer you PT? I hope you got one. 0.7 doesn't seem like a reasonable solution at all!
  2. My request (for 3 days) has also been turned down. I am appealing but my union weren't interested. Ihave a meeting with the Governors next week but I know the HT is very anti part time (he told me there was no way he'd let me go PT when I returned when I told him I was pregnant).
    I really don't know what I'll do if my appeal fails. I'd appreciate any advice!
  3. The reasons given were detriment to quality and performance-he listed split classes and timetabling issues. I've argued against this by saying I had split classes when full time (which I managed successfully) and the timetabling issues could be resolved with a job-share. Seems quite straight forward to me!

    I also agree that if I was part time I know I'd put in more hours than expected and (according to a PT colleague) wouldn't need time off for Drs etc!

    As for my union, I spoke to them and they said there wasn't much they could do to help and suggested that I write my appeal letter requesting a job-share. That was it, I got the impression if my appeal fails there's nothing else I can do-that's why I posted her for advice.
  4. snowcloud

    snowcloud New commenter

    Just out of interest if you apply for part time and it is declined could you go back full time as you were anyway to your original job or does it change anything if you've applied for part time?
  5. Snowcloud- you absolutely do return to your original job, although they can change your subject (if you're primary- they did that to me!) or year group.
  6. snowcloud

    snowcloud New commenter

    Ok thanks, I've put request in. Has anyone else found out?
  7. I've been offered 0.6 / 3 days, which is fab. I'd requested 0.5, but am more than happy with my offer. After reading lots of the posts on here, I feel very lucky to be going back part-time. Good luck to those of you appealing and still waiting to find out.
  8. handrail

    handrail New commenter

    misstutu - that's great and v.lucky :eek:) It must be a relief to have something sorted out :eek:)
    I've having a year off on maternity and have just had my part time request for September turned down. Ideally I wanted 3 days. The letter didn't even give a reason which I was shocked about so I am appealing their decision. I'm pretty pleased with the appeal letter I've written and am taking it in tomorrow. Really don't want to go back full time but have a feeling I will have to :eek:( x
  9. newmummy1

    newmummy1 New commenter

    I have requested 2.5 days per week job share, but have a feeling the school may ask me to do either 2 or 3 days. Have a meeting in a few weeks time.
    Those of you who jobshare, does anyone do half a week each (primary). If so, how do you split the week, and what is agreed with school about PPA time and handover with the other teacher?
  10. EBC

    EBC Occasional commenter

    Hi all,
    I've moved over from pregnancy forum to this one. LO is 14 weeks.
    I too sent my letter in to school with the hope of giving them as much notice as possible. I work in an independent school so i'm not sure how different/difficult things will be. When it suits them, its the same as a state school.
    In my letter I didn't specify hours or days - I just requested part-time and suggested job-share. I did receive a letter today thanking me for my letter and letting me know it is being considered.
    Does the 28 day 'rule' mean that they have to give me a yes or no answer or just that they have received my letter?
    I'm wondering whether I should email the head and explain I mean days - or hours - for example, I would like to work 3 days or every morning/afternoon. A friend suggested this might be better as they could schedule the specialist teachers for the afternoons? Hmmmmm?
    Any advice?
  11. EBC

    EBC Occasional commenter

    Hi, I did get a response by letter thanking me for my letter and that it is being considered. Then I got a phonecall inviting me in for a chat. Hmmmm- its tomorrow so we'll see. I'll keep you posted.
  12. I';ve said before (maybe on this thread- I apologise if so!) that heads/govs who decline part time are shooting themselves in the foot as they will then end up with stressed, disaffected teachers who would rather have a better work life balance and thus feel less guilty all the time and put more effort and enjoyment into work when they are there.
    Congrats Littlemisstidy- I hope I am as lucky second time round although i know for a fact that my school won't have me part time because the head doesn't like part timers. Nonetheless I have decided I can only ask again and see what they say.
    Sorry other poster whose name I have forgotten- good luck with appealing again and I truly feel your pain! xx
  13. Hi I wondered if anyone could help. I am due to have first baby in July, need to fill out a rflexible working request form as I wish to do part-time.
    Does anyone have a copy or filled in one or advice of what to put on fomr. Very daunted!!!
    Thanks very much jessxx
  14. kittenmittens

    kittenmittens New commenter

    Sorry to all those that have been turned down for P/T. I was turned down initially by my HT informally, but then after making the formal request she agreed to 0.4, 2 full days. Not a jobshare but covering classes and teaching my specialism which I feel suits me better than a jobshare. I feel very lucky and am looking forward to going back. There will be lots of planning to do beforehand though as I will be teaching a new curriculum across 4 year groups and need to do all planning myself, however I'm more than happy to do this in order to be able to work part time. I won't be required to do staff meetings as they are on my day off, nor parents' evenings as I won't have a class, but will attend 0.4 of insets and also will be responsible for a number of events outside my 2 days so this will make up my directed time pro rata.
    There have been 2 very successful jobshares in my school (primary)- communication is key and the teachers used a notebook, annotated planning, emailed and phoned each other a lot etc. We have large year teams and the teacher who was in on PPA day (alternate weeks) did their share of the planning for the year group that week, but each teacher prepared their own resources for the day, marked books after each day etc. You do have to keep on tops of things more as part of a jobshare, and it depends if you get on well with your partner, but it can work well.

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