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Part time and inset days

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by CatBingo, Nov 16, 2018.

  1. CatBingo

    CatBingo New commenter

    At my school (independent) we have up to 6 inset days per year. They are at the start and end of most terms. and they are mostly on a Monday and Friday. I work midweek and so this means that I am required to work on days I don't get paid for and these days are often spent putting up displays, cleaning the library etc rather than doing legally required stuff like Safeguarding training etc. I am very happy to attend for legally required stuff, or do the required courses online at home but I struggle with having to go to every single day if there is just admin stuff going on.

    As I only work 3 days a week the school is effectively asking me to work for an additional half a month for free each year. Furthermore, I have to pay to have someone look after my kids, who are at the school I work in (no creche facility provided and husband won't take time off work) and pay to get my dogs walked, so not only am I not being paid, but each day costs me about £80 (3 kids, 2 dogs, London rates).

    I've been told that I have no option in this as it's Independent. Surely this can't be right? Not in a union.
  2. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    I assume all the other staff are paid for these days or maybe not. Do you have a written contract, I'd check what it says about inset days. Ask a local citizens advice for advice on this. Personally I have worked inset days unpaid but that was choice others I have not.
  3. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    Oh and join a union though they will not be able to help you with this situation.

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