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Notice period for new staff

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by zcsaa44, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. zcsaa44

    zcsaa44 Occasional commenter

    I have started a new job and there have been a number of issues. These are all related to my DBS being delayed, the trust I work for has a policy where those without a DBS have to be escorted around the site and other things. Due to my status I am not allowed access to emails, printing, photocopying or SIMs. I have no access to anywhere in the building and have to be escorted around which can be a problem if no one is going in the same direction or if there is no one around as I have to wait around as I am unable to contact anyone to get an escort. I cannot follow behaviour policy as I cannot contact parents to issue detentions which is being to cause issues for my lessons soon. I am just checking now but according to the policy I need someone to walk me to the toilet or to fetch a drink of water.

    This has aggravated me and I think I want to jump ship, have emailed supply agencies and one has rung me. When talking about the notice period with one she mentioned being able to leave sooner as a new member of staff, is this true. Sounds pretty weird to me, that a new member of staff can break their contract within a certain amount of time so thought I would check on here (and share my woes)
  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    How would someone at a supply agency know what your notice period is? You need to look at your contract of employment or appointment letter. It's an academy so they don't have to follow any national agreements on notice periods.

    It'snot the school's fault that your DBS hasn't come through is it? They presumably said the job required a satisfactory Enhanced DBS? When did you give your DBS application form to the school?
  3. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    If the incompetence of the school in getting your DBS means that you cannot do your job (quite frankly they should attach a TA to you all day) & it is causing you this much stress I'd be tempted to go off sick until they sort it.

    BTW you probably can't leave until Christmas- check your contract.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Although as the supply agency says, sometimes, sometimes new staff can have 4 weeks' notice on both sides in first term.

    If it is a trust, this is just possible. Look at your contract.

    Best wishes


    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, where she answers jobseeking and careers queries regularly each week.
  5. zcsaa44

    zcsaa44 Occasional commenter

    There is nothing I can see in the contract that states anything other than the normal resignation dates.

    Union has said to look at whether they are breaching the contract or their duty of care.

    My main issue is when there was no one around I was told I could teach as long as I left the door open which was a lie, but meant there was no inconvenience to the school.

    I think the worse thing is the indignity, I have been told I must ask someone to escort me to the toilet and have had to face the prospect of not having a drink today because I could not find someone to escort me to the fountain.

    I seem to spend the majority of my time feeling like I want to cry, all due to the insistence of putting a policy in place. The problem is I can understand the reason for the policy and it is not the schools fault the DBS is taking so long
  6. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    I think you probably need to ask for a meeting with your line manager (or possibly higher up) to thrash through the problems, and see if there are ways these can be mitigated. If you can't be allowed parents' contact details, and you need to issue detentions, then either someone will have to forward the e-mail or dial the number for you (and keep an ear on the conversation). Somebody needs to have responsibility for making sure you are informed of anything you might miss through not having e-mails. There also have to be ways they could facilitate you moving around the site - and frankly a bit of common sense risk assessment might allow you to move around public areas. If they've been willing to budge on "teaching with the door open", perhaps they could find a way to allow you to get to the toilet, even if you have to make sure somebody knows where you're going.

    Are you already DBS checked with the supply agencies? If not, it's not going to help to jump ship.
  7. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    I'd walk out if I was told to behave in this way. This isn't child protection, it's abuse.

    I repeat, this isn't CP.

    Are you sure?

    As I said before, demand they change their practice - alot you a TA to 'mind' you all day, every day.

    Or just go home, sick , until they get the DBS.

  8. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    My dbs took no more than a couple of weeks from early July.

    Try to stick it out and hope it's not a taste of things to come.
  9. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    If I was to share my views of the DBS system, I would fill your screen with expletives!

    I would first phone and get an answer from a human being about how much longer it will take.

    I understand and accept safeguarding but your trust's rules seem draconian. Can you bring bottled water to school/make tea or coffee?
  10. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    Won't help with toilet breaks.... Unless????

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