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Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by teachingking123, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. teachingking123

    teachingking123 Established commenter

  2. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    There is a serious problem underlying all of this. Supply teachers are not obliged to bring in their own work. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, it is the school's duty to provide first day cover and cover up to four days from the start of the teacher absence. If the school or department has no contingency for staff absence, it is their responsibility to create a file of cover work by simply downloading a cache like this and paying for the printing and photocopying, not you. If you are working with an agency, you can't get these out of pocket expenses back.
    If you turn up a school for a day's cover and there is no work set, you must notify your agency as this is a client breach of their contract.
    Secondly, if the school has specified that they want to pay cover supervisor rates for a day's cover, the job description of a cover supervisor clearly notes that they are to deliver work prepared by the school.
    Unless the client has specifically required a qualified teacher who is prepared to plan lessons prior to the placement, you are under no contractual obligation to work unpaid time before the placement has even started or between contact time once the placement is running.
    You are only covered by the contract when you are on the premises in the performance of the contract. Expenses you choose to incur in your own time on your own equipment is not subject to the contract you have agreed to. Even going into the school in your own time to prepare and print work is a problem.
    You are not to go into the school in your own time as this is outside your contracted hours and therefore not necessarily covered by insurance.
    The whole point, as stated by all agencies, of working as a supply teacher is the choice and flexibility of the job. You can take time out to suit yourself and work the hours that suit you.
    If a school wants you to do the full job, working the same hours and doing the same tasks as full time time staff, they cannot expect you to accept lower pay. If they are paying the full rate, it is reasonable to expect a supply teacher to do a professional job. If the school has chosen to use an agency rather than pay you direct, they must be aware that the rate of pay you are on is not compatible with the nature of the job.
    The role of cover supervisor has blurred the definition of what our job entails; agencies have blurred the definition of what our pay rates are.
    Shelling out of your own pocket to provide resources that the client school should have done just creates another strand of uncertainty.
    Don't do it.
    Once a supply turns up with a wad of free resources for the client school, even if all you did was download a file and save it, they can reasonably expect other supply teachers to do the same. There's no point having contracts if precedent exists that the client can expect extra services as a gratuity.
    For your own protection, you should not provide anything that was not procured through the school's own approved suppliers. What if a child hurt themselves with your scissors or damaged school property with your board marker? It's not your responsibility.
    Plus, on a practical note, if you bring in your own memory stick, it might not be compatible with the school's system and you, as a supply, might not be given access to the school's computers and photocopiers anyway. It is their duty as an education provider to provide an appropriate programme of study for their students, not yours.

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