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Maternity covers

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Lucilla90, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. Lucilla90

    Lucilla90 Occasional commenter

    It seems a lot of schools are using supply for maternity cover.

    Is this because it works out cheaper, not having to pay holiday pay, sick pay etc...?

    It sounds like a raw deal, to me. Suppose it’s no different from any long term assignment. Except you know roughly when it may end.
    BetterNow likes this.
  2. agathamorse

    agathamorse Occasional commenter

    It is cheaper for them. The upside for supply is that it’s guaranteed work without waiting for the phone to ring but you do have all the planning, marking and report writing to do and yes, no holiday or sick pay. But that’s the way it is in supply.
  3. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    Why not just get a "proper" teaching job and send half your wages to me, instead of the Supply Agency?
    BetterNow and Lucilla90 like this.
  4. Lucilla90

    Lucilla90 Occasional commenter

  5. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    Perhaps it's just a very small sample but I've found that there are a lot of HRs in school that couldn't organise a p**s-up in a brewery. So wording a slightly different contract and producing it within a few weeks isn't possible. Whereas just ringing an agency.........
    sbkrobson likes this.
  6. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

  7. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    It is very difficult to get a full -time replacement for a maternity cover - who is going to leave a full time position to take one that will last 6 months.

    Hence it is generally a supply teacher

    One of these got me a full time position again when I was on supply four years ago.
    BetterNow likes this.
  8. The-Gaffer

    The-Gaffer Occasional commenter

    Interestingly being PE & male generally I'm unsuitable for maternity covers as PE tend to still teach single sex - not in all schools - I just gloss over those but the adverts for maternity are there

    I have applied for a summer term PE position through an advert yet just worked he last term through an agency. I guess it's school dependant & maybe a combination of planning on the part of the school. Where I am now didn't have time to advertise after they appointed & got let down, this other school have a couple of weeks to appoint. If everyone is unsuitable (including me) maybe I'll get the job through the agency
    JohnJCazorla likes this.

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