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Pregnant Supply Teacher - health and safety question

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Essjae, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. Essjae

    Essjae New commenter

    Apologies if this has been answered before!

    Long time reader, novice poster!

    I currently supply on a day to day basis in primary (mostly at the younger end), and my question is regarding keeping myself safe while working as a temporary teacher. It's probably a case of common sense but it's my first baby and I am really looking for a bit of peace of mind!

    Should my agency be mentioning my pregnancy to schools before assignments e.g. to avoid recent cases of dangerous infectious diseases or warning them that I am unable to fully participate in vigorous PE sessions? Or is this something I need to tell the school myself? Or not at all!?

    Am I protected in this respect as a permanent member of staff would be or do a different set of rules apply to supply teachers?

    I am not anticipating any major problems but am anxious not to inconvenience the school if I am unable to fulfil all the duties that they may require of me.

    Any advice would be wonderful!
  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter


    Many congratulations on your pregnancy. I am sure you are excited.

    If you discuss your concerns with your agency, they will be able to advise you since they will probably have experience of working with teachers who are pregnant and will know the rules and procedures to protect you and also what schools expect.

    Don't forget to stay in a union. Your union may also be able to advise you in connection with the queries you raise.

    All the best with your pregnancy and supply work.

  3. Essjae

    Essjae New commenter

    Thanks for the advice pepper5, will do! I will contact the NUT too, didn't even occur to me to ask them...

    It is very exciting - and not a little daunting! :)
  4. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    You are most welcome.
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