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offered a job, but....

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by adamtan, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. hello I am currently completing my pgce and will finish halfway through this month. the school that I went at interview for have said they would like me to start straight after my pgce finishes, and they will give me a contract till the summer, which they are calling a trial contract. now the questions and worries I have, is this normal? even if I do really really good during the trial, there is still a chance they may not employ me? and do I need to join a union for these two months! can someone please offer me advice and guidance
     
  2. hello I am currently completing my pgce and will finish halfway through this month. the school that I went at interview for have said they would like me to start straight after my pgce finishes, and they will give me a contract till the summer, which they are calling a trial contract. now the questions and worries I have, is this normal? even if I do really really good during the trial, there is still a chance they may not employ me? and do I need to join a union for these two months! can someone please offer me advice and guidance
     
  3. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    It is not unknown for schools to be willing to employ students before the summer - It means they get some pay prior to starting up fully in September and a chance to settle in new school. I would advise joining a union regardless. It is also not uncommon for schools to place NQT's or indeed any new staff on a probationary period - It means that if you don't cut the mustard they can find someone who will, but I am sure you will be fine :)
     
  4. coppull

    coppull New commenter

    Please do not set foot in the classroom without joining Union. See question on which union to join on this page ,which gives you good advice.
     
  5. Ditto, join a union straight away. Unions give you free cover as a student (and a while after I think, look into that).
     
  6. paulie86

    paulie86 New commenter

    I did this but my school just called it supply. I was basically a floating cover teacher. Was a bit scary being askead to do lots of subjects out of my specialism, but a great way to get to know the kids and staff. The only thing you may need to be aware of is my LEA paid me as an unqualified teacher for this supply so the money was less. They said they couldn't pay M1 without the teaching certificates which I didn't recieve untill August. They also wouldn't back date the pay. Definitly join a union.
     
  7. It is extremely bad practice to employ a teacher on trial basis or temp contract (possibly also illegal) just to "see how you get on".
    As others have said get union membership now and keep it.
    Ask your potential employer why this should only be a trial contract?
     
  8. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    It's not clear whether or not you have a contract for September or not, if they're saying this term is a trial. I think you should ask them to clarify whether they have made you a firm job offer for September or not. If they're saying it is only conditional, I think you might be within your rights to continue applying for other jobs for September.
    It would also be most unfair to take your first six weeks as a pre-NQT as any sort of trial: an NQT is entitled to support and has a year to meet the standards.
    But check out with your union too.
     
  9. Well they will obviously do this "trial basis" thing to get around not paying you through summer! cheeky gits. No harm in joining a union anyway as for nqts it's only £1! Just make sure that when you start work you let the union know where you are working.
     

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