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Just double checking...

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Deirds, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. Deirds

    Deirds Senior commenter

    I am thinking of applying for permanent posts again.

    Am I correct that if there has been a long gap (10 months) I'm ok to apply to one of my supply schools?

    (Slight silver lining to no work..)
  2. Fraccy

    Fraccy New commenter

    It all depends on the contract the school has with the agency. Generally, the "finder's fee" is no longer binding after 6 months.
  3. Deirds

    Deirds Senior commenter

    Thanks, Fraccy.
  4. historygrump

    historygrump Star commenter Forum guide

    It is an interesting question, if you are not working on a long-term posting with a school, but visit on day to day or have worked at the school on a short-term contract in the past, I cannot see how an agency can claim a fee. In that considering the number of schools a supply teacher may visit in a normal year, it would be impossible to administer.

    I always thought that the fee was if you was either already at the school on a temporary contract or if the agency put you forward to the school for the post, again I may be wrong. If I have been to a school and I see the school advertising for a post, I am interested in, I apply anyway without any consideration for the agency, because they treat us in the same way.

    Ps Deirds Good luck and I hope that you get the job.
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  5. Deirds

    Deirds Senior commenter

    Thanks history grump

    It is a school I really like for the brilliant building (rare to have a well-designed school). It's a bit distant, however.

    I did have the opposite experience where I saw a job I liked the look of but was put off by the distance. Agency sent me there the next week. A lovely school but I couldn't do that distance long term.
  6. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Yes Deirds....all the best for getting the job. Let us know how it goes.
  7. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    The agency can claim its finder's fee from the client school for up to six months since you last worked there, not that they would know far less sue for breach of contract.
  8. is2

    is2 Occasional commenter

    Yes, I do not see why not.
    Very sensible suggestion I feel.
    People always leave full time posts for supply thinking the grass is greener. Of course it is, but only up to a point.
    I do not think that poverty is necessarily unstressful, and with the competitive supply market out there it is becoming more and more a situation so many find themselves in.
    Best of luck to you, It is good to see someone with a sense.
  9. Deirds

    Deirds Senior commenter

    Thanks for the advice everyone.

    Just to be clear I didn't leave permanent work to lead a stress free life as a Supply Teacher (as if ) but to care for my disabled son nearly 20 years ago.

    I do Supply work hopefully as a stepping stone to more secure work but at my age and with a lack of recent teaching references it may be unfeasible.

    Still, no point in being permanently down - schedule hope in for a couple of days a week...

    Spent part of yesterday in an infants class - work is picking up... ( Small school - I was the 3rd Supply signing in from a 3rd agency. Agencies must be running short of people as well).
  10. WillyDjangoReinhardt

    WillyDjangoReinhardt Occasional commenter

    Good luck Deirds. I am also planning a return, sent my first app in this week.

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