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Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by Mrjackuk, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. Mrjackuk

    Mrjackuk New commenter

    New to TES forums and this is my first post as I really need some help with this. Never had an issue before but now really need some advice...

    I have been teaching for 15 years. 14 and a half of them in a different county - I have recently moved county (to Nottinghamshire) and schools after spending the first 14.5 years in another school - where I was an outstanding teacher and leader, respected by the school community and enjoyed every second of my career.

    I made a mistake in moving school in that the ethos does not match my own principles (nor anyone else's that work in the school I work in now.) I have jumped through every hoop and have until this past week been an outstanding practitioner and leader in this new school. A week ago, I gained employment at another school which seems to closely my principles and ethos. No offence to the school I work in, things work differently in every school and for different situations, and I have done everything asked of me (and more) to the point of the head offering me promotion already. Before I found another job…

    Since gaining new employment, this has now all changed. I was told that I had until Friday to hand my notice in to either leave at Easter or June. I agreed June so that I was able to take the children through SATs as I do want the very best for my class, as I have I done for every child I have ever had the pleasure of teaching. However, my working conditions and the way I am being treated by my leader has deteriorated dramatically and I am being made to feel...well, the worst I have ever felt in such a wonderful career so far. I won't go into details but it is like nothing I have ever experienced before. The worst.

    The new school want me to start ASAP but I have told them that I need to ensure the best outcomes for pupils. But I am being taken out of lessons constantly for other leadership responsibilities and then penalised for having a HLTA cover my teaching - when this is what has been organised by the powers above. It is becoming clear to me that I am not required as a teacher but just to cover until it is appropriate to advertise at peak time,

    What I need to know now is, what is the legal time limit to hand my notice in? What is the minimum time I can work at this school I am in now? I have worked there for less than two years...I notice on my new contract people who work less than two years can give two weeks’ notice? I am so worried that I am going to be dragged through a lot of negativity over the next 11 weeks as I stay to make it look like I am dead wood (which I am not!) and that it is a good thing I am leaving...there has been a lot of staff movement since I started in September. To have SLT and the newest starter leave must look bad and I have seen other leavers be made to look worse than what they were to make it look like an advantage.

    Please help.
  2. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    If you're in a school (like most schools) with normal T &C, your last day for resigning for Easter was today, I'm afraid. And as you appear already to have agreed a date for June, even if you'd gone in today wishing to resign for Easter, your head could refuse on the grounds that you'd agreed to a specific contract.

    Take union advice.
  3. Mrjackuk

    Mrjackuk New commenter

    Thank you Middlemarch. I have contacted my union about it.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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