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"Healthy" as essential criteria

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by s10327, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. s10327

    s10327 Occasional commenter

    Been a while since I looked for teaching jobs - slightly startled to see "healthy" and "good attendance" as Essential criteria on one. Is this a thing now? Medical clearance required. Again: what can I expect that to mean?
  2. rustyfeathers

    rustyfeathers Occasional commenter

    ...isn't this discrimination?
    I can understand good attendance (though disagree - what if you'd just had bad luck? Illness, broken leg, death in the family) but "healthy".
    I have a chronic illness and a separate but compounding disability - which also impacts my ability to exercise so I am not fit enough to run up two flights of stairs (even if I could make that attempt without at least 3 joints attempting to dislocate).
    I am not "healthy". I'm still a decent teacher who does their work and helps the kids progress. My attendance is in line with everyone else (and sometimes better, because I don't always NOTICE I've caught a bug.)
    It'd be a red flag to me, frankly.
  3. s10327

    s10327 Occasional commenter

    Yes, I decided against! And I thought discriminatory too. Just checking whether I'd missed a change.
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  4. rustyfeathers

    rustyfeathers Occasional commenter

    I've not heard of one - and I suspect I would have done, as many of my friends are disability activists.

    I suspect they're not even thought about the implications. Maybe they have high staff absence (in itself a red flag due to likelihood of WRS?)
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  5. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Yes it does raise concerns about the managements perceptions and their awareness of employment legislation . Fit to teach is an essential criteria for all posts- if there is a particular disability then reasonable workplace adjustment is required. Most posts now require a confidential medical questionnaire to be completed as part of the appointment process.
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