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Part-time, long-term direct Supply contract with school

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Ezioclone, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. Ezioclone

    Ezioclone New commenter

    I’m on a direct ‘Supply’ contract with my school, and work pre-specified part-time hours.
    I haven’t yet seen or signed the actual contract yet, so am blissfully ignorant about it’s terms.

    What’s usual? And what are my job responsibilities under such a contract?
    I guess I’m expected to plan and mark outside of the specified part-time hours,and attend parent evening just like a normal teacher? But then I only get paid on an hourly basis, get no pay during holidays, and no PPA time?

    Is there anything on the web, or from unions, on standardised T&C’s? Have I made a mistake agreeing to such a contract?
  2. 50sman

    50sman Lead commenter

    You should not be woking if you have not signed a contract
  3. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    Contracts don't need to be read, written or signed. By turning up and doing an approximation of the job and then receiving pay both parties are bound to the contract. It's only when the piece of paper turns up and it is significantly off what is expected or reasonable that it could become an issue.

    Like all supply it's a matter of negotiation. You have the power to refuse the more onerous aspects but this is balanced by the school being able to sack you with little to no notice.

    As long-term supply I'm constantly trying to get out of doing the rubbish tasks but making sure that everyone important is aware that I volunteered for the parents' evening. Nothing to do with teaching skills everything to do with networking and people skills. Suggest if you are going to play the silly games then wait until October half-term when work will pick up greatly and you can afford to be sacked/walk away.

    As the school is your employer then you have an advantage over me in that you don't have the agency with a say in this (though as they're only interested in money, it's not a great complication).
    BertieBassett2 likes this.
  4. Ezioclone

    Ezioclone New commenter

    Thanks JohnJ. I didn’t even know it was really a negotiated position.
    The think is, I obviously work with permanently employed teachers, do they generally realise/accept that Supply T&C’s are different?
    As you say, I can see it requiring skillfull personal skills to be successful.

    Any other thoughts?
  5. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    No they probably don't but it's more that the 'proper' teachers have a set of expectations and it's how you can avoid having to fulfil these. Also if you don't do it then the rest of the team have to pick them up and does their contract really cover:
    • Giving after school revision classes
    • running a club
    • planning SoWs
    • decorating rooms
    • phoning parents about especially good/revolting children
    • etc.....?
    Oh and I forgot the SLT and their pet initiatives that ALL STAFF are expected to buy into, enthusiastically.

    Regardless of whether or not your predecessor was literally stressed out by these demands then several parties will expect you to fulfil the bit that matters to their personal area, even if it's just the next classroom not wanting to be disturbed by your rabble kicking off.

    Not fair but that is the supply world I move in and I just about have the people skills to manage down these expectations and the negotiating skills to screw a decent wage out of the school/agency.
    DISCLAIMER: I might just have the luck of being a Maths/Science specialist who can cope with bottom-end schools!

    You'll notice that my teaching ability isn't mentioned and it really has no part in the above, I'm half-decent and that is easily enough.
    agathamorse likes this.
  6. FrauRussell

    FrauRussell New commenter

    If you have a contract with the school then you are their employee. I am not entirely sure if some things you are saying are statements or questions, so bear with me. If you fill in a timesheet to get paid, then they should pay you for the specific hours/days you do, whenever they are. If you are "salaried", e.g. paid automatically for 2 days a week or whatever, then you may have to claim for any extra time. If you are required to come in on a day you don't normally work e.g. for a parents evening, then that should be paid extra. I'd advise not doing it for free as it sets a precedent that's hard to get out of, for you and for others. School can afford to pay you for it, they pay SLT much more every month. I would also request some paid PPA time if they want planning and marking (do you have your own classes and timetable or are you just covering absence?) What about notice period? However, for your own peace of mind, you need to get your Ts and Cs out of them in writing, as the nature of teaching brings something different every month. You need to know if you are definitely not getting paid for all the school holidays and if not how they are paying you statutory holiday pay and what your sick pay entitlements are. Are they doing what they typically do for term time only staff and spreading pay over the year? Term time only is complicated as there are no hard and fast rules, it seems. Good luck.
    agathamorse and JohnJCazorla like this.
  7. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    If you are in a Union, you should call or email their advice line. The number is on your membership card.
    JohnJCazorla likes this.

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