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NQT extension

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by sensei123, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. My 16 months of supply allowance has run out. I've successfully applied to 2 local authorities in my area for extensions.
    I've been offered a lot of work in another neighbouring authority, which I have been unable to accept as I haven't got an extension from them yet.
    I've finally tracked down the correct person who deals with this. They have sent me an e-mail stating that if they grant an extension I will only be able to work in their local authority and will not be able to apply for extensions in any other local authority.
    I personally think this is rubbish, but wondered how I go about checking the validity of this. All the guidance I have read has stated that you apply to each local authority individually for an extension, but the nature of supply work is that you are likely to work in different local authorities.
    The form to apply for the extension also wants me to give details of the last 20 jobs I have applied for. This seems excessive to me - why do they need this info?
     
  2. My 16 months of supply allowance has run out. I've successfully applied to 2 local authorities in my area for extensions.
    I've been offered a lot of work in another neighbouring authority, which I have been unable to accept as I haven't got an extension from them yet.
    I've finally tracked down the correct person who deals with this. They have sent me an e-mail stating that if they grant an extension I will only be able to work in their local authority and will not be able to apply for extensions in any other local authority.
    I personally think this is rubbish, but wondered how I go about checking the validity of this. All the guidance I have read has stated that you apply to each local authority individually for an extension, but the nature of supply work is that you are likely to work in different local authorities.
    The form to apply for the extension also wants me to give details of the last 20 jobs I have applied for. This seems excessive to me - why do they need this info?
     
  3. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    The LA are wrong!
    The regulations specifically state thnat you have to apply for an extension to each LA where you hope to secure work.
    What you can't do is get an extension from one LA and then apply for another one elsewhere when it expires.
    Different LAs can award extensions of different lengths (up to 12 months max) or some may decline to offer you an extension. You can thus be working on non-Induction supply in several LAs in any given week or term.
    Ignore what the LA has said. Apply to them and make no mention of applying elsewhere at the same time!



     
  4. Thanks Jubilee,
    I thought this wasn't true - not sure how they've got the wrong end of the stick.
    I'll just fill out the form and hope for the best.
     
  5. GloriaSunshine

    GloriaSunshine New commenter

    I've heard of this because one of our supply teachers failed to get an extension somewhere in the north because she hadn't applied for enough posts after starting supply - they said she hadn't tried hard enough! When she moved south she got extensions in two LAs even though there is far more work down here.
     
  6. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    LAs are required to make decisions on awarding extensions based on whether the teacher's inability to complete Induction so far is their fault or not.
    You need to make a case for it not being your fault that your Induction has not yet started or is incomplete.
    All LAs operate their own application process.
    I'd list all vacancies that I'd formally applied for as well as those I'd made extensive research on and had not applied for (after talking to Head perhaps). I'm thinking of instances like a Science vacancy where they are asking for a Physics specialist and you are Chemistry or Biology. It is worth asking if they will entertain an application from you and worth mentioning if you are told ' sorry, don't bother applying'.
    If you have any data on the number of vacancies locally and the numbers of applicants for each post, use that in support of your extension request.
    If you've been ill or had domestic issues (pregnancy, child unwell, moving areas because of patner's work etc) those should also be accepted as mitigating circumstances.

     

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