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Should I accept Permanent Cover Supervisor or 1 term Teacher?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by MJHa, Jun 19, 2015.

  1. MJHa

    MJHa New commenter


    I am being made redundant and have accepted (verbally) a maternity cover role until December in an amazing school!

    However, today my current school have offered me a permanent position of 'Cover Supervisor' starting in September.

    The decision is made more complicated as my wife and I have a new born baby. So whilst I feel being a teacher for 1 term would be better for my CV, being a Cover Supervisor will provide a more long term salary.

    I would love to hear your thoughts on this to help me make my decision!
  2. No decision to make then. Others will be along to clarify details, but you have a contract with the new school which cannot be broken.

    Additionally, is it in the same LA? I believe there are rules about how soon you can resume work following a redundancy. Compulsory or voluntary makes a big difference too.

    I may be on the wrong tack here regarding the redundancy, so hopefully others will confirm or correct. I am not wrong, however, on breaking a verbal contract.
  3. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    As stated ^^^, your decision has been made.
  4. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    I'd also say that a term as a teacher is worth doing rather than work as a CS which you might find difficult to break free from...
  5. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    You've accepted the maternity cover and cannot back out. Who knows? It may lead to another job. However, why not say you could start as a cover supervisor next January, if they'll let you?
  6. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    Even if you had the choice (which you haven't) I would be very wary of accepting the CS role as a qualified teacher .

    Some schools take advantage of qualified teachers in CS roles as gradually they expect more from the person in terms of planning and marking etc (afterall you are qualfied to do it). Before you realise you are filling a teacher's role for CS pay.
  7. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    The long term salary as a cover supervisor is going to be far less than that of a teacher. It could also be the death knell of your career if you get comfortable. If you had no other option then maybe this is a different scenario. You have accepted a teaching job now. I think even if you hadn't the temp job would be the way to go anyway.

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