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Is this unreasonable? Some advice please...

Discussion in 'Primary' started by rara_octahedron, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. Just some advice really...I have a friend who is a TA in a different
    school to me. She wants my advice cos I'm SLT in a primary school but
    I have no idea whether she can do anything.
    Thr situation is this...my friend found out she was pregnant in the
    summer term after many years of trying. She was a TA in year 6.
    However when she was 3 months pregnant she had to be put on bed rest.
    She lost the baby at 6 months which was obviously hugely devastating.
    She then was signed off for 6 weeks after the miscarriage.

    She wants to return to work and has been told that she is to work in
    the nursery which is in a building away from thr main school and so
    will have little contact with those who may support her. She has
    spoken to the head...he said there is only a job in nursery (someone
    left recently and they have decided not to have any TAs in Year 5/6)
    so tough. Is there anything she can do?! Or is it just tough? I
    appreciate the head is thinking about the needs of thr business but I
    don't think he realises how hard it will be for her to be changing
    nappies/liasing with pregnant mums all thr time when she was
    previously a upper key stage 2 TA.
     
  2. Just some advice really...I have a friend who is a TA in a different
    school to me. She wants my advice cos I'm SLT in a primary school but
    I have no idea whether she can do anything.
    Thr situation is this...my friend found out she was pregnant in the
    summer term after many years of trying. She was a TA in year 6.
    However when she was 3 months pregnant she had to be put on bed rest.
    She lost the baby at 6 months which was obviously hugely devastating.
    She then was signed off for 6 weeks after the miscarriage.

    She wants to return to work and has been told that she is to work in
    the nursery which is in a building away from thr main school and so
    will have little contact with those who may support her. She has
    spoken to the head...he said there is only a job in nursery (someone
    left recently and they have decided not to have any TAs in Year 5/6)
    so tough. Is there anything she can do?! Or is it just tough? I
    appreciate the head is thinking about the needs of thr business but I
    don't think he realises how hard it will be for her to be changing
    nappies/liasing with pregnant mums all thr time when she was
    previously a upper key stage 2 TA.
     
  3. Firstly, yes I would agree it seems thoughtless, but the HT has to put the needs of the school first.
    Secondly, what does the Job Description say. Is she emplyed as a TA, full stop? Or as a TA for such and such a class. The latter would be most unlikely.
     
  4. I agree that it does sound a little unsensitive perhaps?
    But certainly for teachers they are employed to teach and it is up to the head where they do this... I would image the same for TAs, I would echo above post and check contracts....
     
  5. I know if I was a head I may have to do the same but I just think it does seem quite insensitive!
     
  6. Very sorry for her sad news.
    It depends on the role she is being asked to carry out in Nursery. Is the role of a Nursery TA different to that of the one she has on her contract? I would understand the need to be placed wherever in a school upon returning but think she/someone could do with enquiring if her current contract covers that.
     
  7. Also very sorry for her sad news. She should definately check her contract as it sounds like she might be being asked to do the work of a nursery nurse. Really hope things work out for her.
     
  8. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Sorry about her loss.
    Unless it is in her contract she can't be asked to change nappies but I assume we are talking about 3 year olds not babies?
     

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