The rules are quite clear about teachers attending after school meetings, but what about support staff? My friend is a cover supervisor, she has recently been given a form group and has now been told she must attend the up-coming parent's evening. She has been told that she can have the time of the meeting in lieu, but that the trapped time between when she finishes work and the start of the evening meeting is not included, as refreshments are to be laid on. Unfortunately she is a lone parent and will need to arrange for her children to be picked up from school and baby sat at a total cost of around £30. Also unfortunate is that she has not joined a union yet as she could not afford it. I have said that I think that she can not be made to stay for the meeting, but she is quite resigned to fact that she does have to stay. Is there anyone who knows if she has a right to refuse to stay for the meeting?