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Mercenary question, @TheoGriff

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by lola79, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. lola79

    lola79 New commenter

    Hi, it's been a while since I was on TES community last, and the forum seems to have evolved since I last posted (on the maternity thread). I am returning to teaching after a long career break, and have felt lucky to get a few little jobs here and there. I do a few regular hours at a stretched secondary school (on hourly rate!), I work for a private company supplying PPA cover in primary, and now have been contacted by another primary school to help them out with an area of teaching (my specialism) in which they feel they lack experience. It seems they want a few meetings with me, to help with lesson prep, schemes of work and modelling.

    My main question is, having gently mentioned the question or payment, can I get some advice on specifics? My hourly rate for the private company works out at £23 ish, and £28 for the secondary school. I'm M6, having declined going through to UPS to make myself competetive when I returned to work (a fine plan that turned out to be!). The work promises to be stimulating, but currently is very imprecisely defined. If I am writing schemes of work, that can be very time consuming!

    So far, the primary school have asked me for a few after-school meetings. Does anyone on here have experience of what a reasonable rate would be for an hourly meeting?
    Thanks for reading.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Well done for having been asked for this - it sounds as though you are very well regarded!

    Will there be travel involved, first question. In which case the first hour that you charge should be more, and a lesser charge for subsequent hours.

    Secondly, the amount that you charge should be in some ways a reflection of the local wages. So get out the yellow pages and ring up and ask the following people

    • Washing machine repair - how much basic call-out and subsequent hourly rate?
    • Plumber blocked lavatory - how much basic call-out and subsequent hourly rate?
    • Computer expert for a general overhaul of your laprtp - how much basic call-out and subsequent hourly rate?

    Then having looked at those prices, decide what your worth is compared to these people. Then when you are asked how much, say Well, last week I was quoted £X for a washing machine engineer - I would think that my knowledge and experience is worth at least that.


    This helps to put your charges into context.

    Best wishes

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  3. lola79

    lola79 New commenter

    Thanks, TheoGriff, that's a great idea, and what a lovely way to put it. I really appreciate your input, we are very lucky to have you!:)
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  4. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    Hello @lola79

    The daily rate for a teacher on the old M6 pay point is £168. If you take a working school day to be 6 hours (excluding lunch break) then this would work out as an hourly rate of £28.

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