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Resignation and Leaving Date

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by Emmsy Squired, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. Emmsy Squired

    Emmsy Squired New commenter

    Sadly, the time has come for me to leave teaching. After 14 years, I'm done.

    I want to hand my notice in now, so I believe my resignation date will be April 30th.

    However, we come back to school on 23rd April after Easter. Can they insist I work a week and 2 days in to the next term? Is there a way to word my letter that would help?!

    Any advice gratefully received.

  2. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    Quite often it is done by negotiation - eg if you are starting at another school, then both can agree you finish at school A on 22nd, and start at school B on 23rd.
    However school A can insist you work that week after the holidays.
  3. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    I'd be inclined to word it along the lines of "I am resigning with effect from 30th April, in line with the rules for resignation. I realise that it will make a cleaner start for my replacement if they begin at the start of the summer term on 23rd April, and I am happy to discuss termination of my contract on 22nd April if that would suit the school."

    I suspect most schools would happily agree to that, unless they are completely unable to replace you and therefore anxious to maximise the time the classes have with you before being handed over to a cover supervisor or non-specialist supply.
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  4. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    What @frustum says. Technically if you are on Burgundy Book conditions and are not going to another teaching job you can be required to work up to April 30th. But it's negotiable, mostly it's unlikely the school would want you back for those few days.

    Take care they don't try to offer you early termination date but only if you agree to it being the end of the spring term. Then they wouldn't pay you for the Easter holiday.
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  5. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    I don’t quite agree. I think the Burgundy Book states these dates and that you are entitled to a third of a year’s salary if you work a term. If you are starting at another school within that time the contract moves on the first day of term. If you are not, you will be paid till April 30th.

    I had an SLT member leave at Easter one year. She was paid the full month till April 30th as she was out of the country. Last year, I was paid till April 30th for a part time fixed term contract which ended. No discussion of going back or terminating early. It is part of the term’s pay and very generous especially in years when Easter falls early.
  6. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Some people do interpret it as @Sundaytrekker says, but that is not how the rule is supposed to work. The termination date would usually be 30 April and, quite reasonably, the school can expect you to work until that date. No harm in asking, though.
  7. Emmsy Squired

    Emmsy Squired New commenter

    Sorry for the delayed reply, but thanks all for your advice. Letter goes in next Monday... Good golly it's a big step!!
  8. thejudgesscoresarein

    thejudgesscoresarein Established commenter

    Check with the HT when you resign- you are obliged to work up to that date, but they may accommodate you to leave at the end of the spring term. If you’re starting a new job, don’t confirm any dates with them until you’ve got confirmation you can leave on the 23rd April.

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