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Time off for interviews

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by tiredout, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. tiredout

    tiredout New commenter

    I am currently in a difficult situation at work. I am a deputy in a large school, where another deputy was promoted over me as interim head of school. There were question marks about the way the process was carried out. I am looking for jobs elsewhere. The head of school is being very obstructive about allowing me to speak to my union rep (has to be done in my lunch hour, even if I am not timetabled to teach). He is now saying that I can only go and look at schools and attend interviews unpaid. This has not been my experience in other deputy headships (this is my third).

    What is normal practice?
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    You are not going to like this answer . . .

    Not only is your Head entitled to offer you unpaid leave only to attend interviews, actually s/he could prevent you going at all in school time . . .

    The norm is to allow these absences (unless there is a particular reason not to - 5 staff off with flu that week, for example, or it is your 21st interview this term), but this is only a convention, not a right I'm afraid.

    So just be glad that you can go . . . and scroll down the forum list to find Jobseekers and the interview articles . . .

    Best wishes

  3. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    You are not going to like this either, but head teachers are not obliged to allow union officers on to school premises to represent or meet with members (other than in disciplinary hearings) or meet with a union group.

    It is not morally right, but if you are permitted to attend an interview without pay, consider that a bonus.
  4. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Just to add to the above - time off in school time to go and "look" at other schools is not and has never been "normal practice".

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