Teacher leaving - next week

(24 Posts)
inappropriatelyemployed Sat 09-Feb-13 22:56:14

Newsletter on Friday says DS's class teacher is leaving next Friday.

She is a NQT and is moving on to another job.

Is it usual for teachers to leave with a week's notice!

bluemagpie Sat 09-Feb-13 23:00:02

Not at all usual IME. I would be suspicious that she is failing as all NQTs need to pass their first year of teaching in order to continue. One way of avoiding being failed is to start again somewhere else. Any signs that she isn't particularly great at teaching?

inappropriatelyemployed Sat 09-Feb-13 23:05:42

Thanks. Sometimes she seems great, other times very flappy and hits the wrong note. But she is young and she seems it.

There is such alot of pressure with this type of job.

HedgeHogGroup Sun 10-Feb-13 10:08:30

It may be that the school have known for a while but not told the parents. We only released this information about our NQT (who is leaving as she was covering Maternity Leave) on Friday.
I think its pretty standard really

inappropriatelyemployed Sun 10-Feb-13 11:24:22

I was just a bit taken aback really as it must be a bit disconcerting for the kids to have a teacher suddenly leave.

I am not sure how it helps anyone to sit on it.

mrz Sun 10-Feb-13 11:28:28

Very unusual for teachers to leave with one weeks notice they have to give notice at set times 31st Oct, 28th Feb and 31st May.
Schools can release staff by mutual agreement at other times.

SarkyPants Sun 10-Feb-13 11:28:32

Maybe they were waiting until they could announce her replacement?

TheNebulousBoojum Sun 10-Feb-13 11:39:12

Maybe she's just quit teaching altogether mrz, and run for her own sanity.

inappropriatelyemployed Sun 10-Feb-13 11:41:50

No replacement. I think Nebulous is probably right and that is sad.

mrz Sun 10-Feb-13 11:43:25

Lots do TheNebulousBoojum grin

Hulababy Sun 10-Feb-13 11:46:00

Very unusual tbh. Though I would suspect school have known much longer - teachers need to give quite a long period notice other than in exceptional circumstances. Hopefully they have something in place.

Our foundation stage leader/teacher leaves next week. School knew well before Christmas. Parents were told a couple of weeks ago. A new teacher has been appointed and will start at Easter. A long term supply teacher, who works in our school a lot, is covering FT until Easter.

Similar situation for a Y2 teacher leaving for maternity leave next week. Parents only told a week or so ago but again a well known (to the school) supply teacher is covering the maternity leave and this has been in place for a while - so known to the school, just not to the parents.

bigTillyMint Sun 10-Feb-13 11:49:25

Very unusual. I reckon she has quit completely and management are happy with that as you would normally leave at Christmas, Easter or in the summer. And NQT's don't usually leave during their first year.

inappropriatelyemployed Sun 10-Feb-13 12:28:46

Thanks. Very taken aback by it. Not that anyone needs to tell me anything personally obviously!

Ilovesunflowers Sun 10-Feb-13 13:46:03

Teachers can only leave at the end of a full term (not half term) i.e. they can leave at Christmas, Easter and Summer. It has likely there has been a bit of negotiation on either side for her to leave in the middle of the term. It's pretty unusual to be honest.

Hulababy Sun 10-Feb-13 13:54:25

It is possible to leave at half term too. It just isn't quite as automatic. But whilst it isn't usual, it is not that uncommon. I have known it on a few occasions.

TheNebulousBoojum Sun 10-Feb-13 14:06:48

Leaving at half term is usually only possible if the school and the governors have agreed to let it happen, I did that when I left my first post, and my head and I found out at the same time that it wasn't allowed without various hoops being jumped through.

Euphemia France Sun 10-Feb-13 18:02:24

Maybe she's moving to another area?

MM5 Sat 16-Feb-13 17:40:24

The teacher would have notified the school in December that she is not returning. Most schools will not notify parents until about a week ahead in order for little disruption to happen to the class. This is usual.

MM5 Sat 16-Feb-13 17:41:45

Btw... Teachers only have to give half terms notice and CAN leave at a half term. Only headteachers have to give a term's notice.

mrz Sat 16-Feb-13 17:44:41

Not so MM5

NOTICE PERIODS AND RESIGNATION DATES

The Burgundy Book national conditions of service agreement for teachers provides that classroom teachers, deputy headteachers and assistant headteachers are under two months' notice and in the summer term, three months' notice, terminating at the end of that school term.

For the purposes of resignations and notice periods, the dates of the three school terms are deemed to be:

· for the autumn term, from 1 September to 31 December inclusive;

· for the spring term, from 1 January to 30 April inclusive;

· for the summer term, from 1 May to 31 August inclusive.

Therefore, teachers who wish to leave their jobs should observe the following deadlines when giving their notice:
· to leave at 31 December, give notice by no later than 31 October;
· to leave at 30 April, give notice by no later than 28 February;
· to leave at 31 August, give notice by no later than 31 May.

It is important to note that these provisions only allow teachers to resign their posts with effect from the end of term.
There is no right to leave at half term unless this is mutually agreed by the teacher and the school.

Headteachers are under three months' notice and in the summer term, four months' notice. They must therefore give notice one month earlier than the above dates.

MM5 Sat 16-Feb-13 17:52:41

Well, then LOTS of schools allow it. As I have moved at half term with no problems and so have a lot of my friends. As a matter of fact, one teacher at my school just gave her notice and will be leaving at Easter. She has a promotion.

mrz Sat 16-Feb-13 18:07:56

Perhaps you should read your contract ...

MM5 Sat 16-Feb-13 18:13:03

Not biting

mrz Sat 16-Feb-13 18:24:28

There isn't anything to bite but it is worth knowing your terms and conditions of employment as a teacher

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