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Have you ever left before the end of a contract?

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by MsHavisham, Oct 17, 2018.

  1. MsHavisham

    MsHavisham New commenter

    I work in primary supply and have been given a 12 week contract. However there are several issues that I am not happy with - I am told that they are the worst class in the school but am given no support with the behaviour issues. I have been abused by a parent, but it is brushed under the carpet. I really don't want to stay but feel it won't look good if I leave. I am already registered with other agencies but not sure whether I will appear to be unreliable.

    Any advice/comments?
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  2. sam9486

    sam9486 New commenter


    If you are not happy with your work then I recommend you leave. There is no point working at a place where you are not happy. It will not make you seem unreliable because you are being abused by parents and having behavior issues in the lesson which you are not able to deal with.

    Anyone who is getting abused should not stay where they are. So I recommend you hand in your notice and leave.
  3. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    What type of contract is it?

    Is it one where you are employed by the school and get the same pay/holiday entitlement/pension etc as other teachers there who are employed by the school. The agency made the introduction between you and the school and took a fee. In which case you cannot leaver early or risk being subject to legal action from the school for being in breech of contract.

    Or are you still an employee of the agency getting agency rate pay and no holiday/sick pay. In which case you don't have a real contract with the school only an "understanding" that the post could last 12 weeks, This means you can terminate this "understanding" at any time and walk away.

    Normally it would be professional to agree to a short period of notice (a week or so) to give the school time to find someone else, and provide some handover notes for your replacement. However if as in this case the school are not taking the abuse seriously they have no idea of what "professional" means so don't worry too much about that.
  4. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    Other agencies will only care (or even notice) about how good it looks when they are trying to negotiate down your salary. Otherwise they are fine with a \reference' that says you worked on these dates and there are no safeguarding concerns.

    Work should be picking up now so agencies will be more desperate to have you working for them. This applies equally to the agency that you're disappointing. They'll still tout you around schools as the best thing since sliced bread.
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  5. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    If you are not happy, then leave. Give a couple of days notice if you wish. but you are not indispensable and the Agency will have someone else in there the following day.
  6. Cooperuk

    Cooperuk Senior commenter

    Contact the agency...ask them to find you something else.

    They'd rather that than you leave and work for another agency.
  7. a1976

    a1976 Established commenter

    Well, this just answered my question Cooperuk. Thanks.
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