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Paid leave for exams

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by monsieurmagoo, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. I'm an unqualified teacher of physics, currently completing a degree over four years with The Open University. I'm due to sit my third year exams in October and was notified of the exam dates a fortnight ago.
    Last year, my school supported me by giving me three days paid leave and one day unpaid leave for final revision and the exams themselves.
    This year, I was told on the last day of term that the school is only prepared to give me two days of unpaid leave - one for each exam day. The head said this was a reasonable amount of time off to expect.
    I pointed out that on taking the position, I was told that I would be supported through exams although, of course, this isn't in writing. He (the head) told me getting through my degree was my own problem.
    Is it reasonable to expect a UQT completing a wholly self-funded degree to be given such a short amount of time off - the exams will examine approximately 1200 hours of self-learning accumulated throughout the previous nine months?
    I'm seriously beginning to regret making the move into teaching - it's turned into a 70 hour work and study per week nightmare, with no support - and I'm quite honestly thinking about returning to accountancy.

  2. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I'm afraid you've no right to paid time off for revision - that you are self-funding your degree is of no relevance to the school, to be honest. You point out that they supported you last year with paid leave, but this year is a different budget.
    Schools are now increasingly strapped for cash and all staff wanting paid leave are going to face such hard decisions by heads.
  3. i agree i'm afraid. most teachers paid for their degrees before going into teaching. there is no legal obligation for the school to support you through a degree. i'm impressed they're letting you have two days off paid.
  4. Crowbob

    Crowbob Senior commenter

    Perfectly reasonable.


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