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StrangeTimes Thu 19-Mar-20 08:06:07

So my husband has just lost his job from next week. He's a coach driver. My best mate has lost her job from this week, she used to work in a cinema. I have many friends now out of work and desperately trying to get jobs in supermarkets.

However teachers will not be working now for many months, so how come they're not being made redundant?

I'm not being goady I genuinely want to know. I'm glad they are still being paid, I'd hate for them to be in our position. But why?

Are other jobs "safe" like this too?

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MysweetAudrina Thu 19-Mar-20 08:09:12

Well you would hope all public sector jobs are safe as the Government needs to lead by example. I'm a cs in ROI and my job is safe. I am wfh though and my dh works for a Local Authority and his job is safe too.

Inmyivorytower Thu 19-Mar-20 08:09:37

It’s wonderful to know that although the world is chaotic and disintegrating, some things about MN remain constant.

frasersmummy Thu 19-Mar-20 08:10:01

Teachers aren't losing their jobs because they are still working.. Just not in the classroom

They are posting assignments and study guides on line
They will mark these assessments

They are available to pupils for questions and support

Blackdog19 Thu 19-Mar-20 08:10:11

They are employed by the council. I imagine That technically council could assign other duties. Sounds like lots of teachers will still work for vulnerable children and key worker children. Sorry about your husband and friend Op.

cece Thu 19-Mar-20 08:11:11

We are working though. We've got to provide childcare for key workers children. Plus they have asked us to be open during the school holidays too.

Ciwirocks Thu 19-Mar-20 08:11:31

I thought the idea was that teachers will still teach and provide work but remotely?

LorenzoStDubois Thu 19-Mar-20 08:11:55

Yep - there it is. grin
Knew it wouldn't take long.

frasersmummy Thu 19-Mar-20 08:12:32

And also in 4 or 6 months when we are on the other side do you want to have to wait while schools recruit teachers.. Or do you want your kids to go seamlessly back to school with some level of continuity

Whatelsecouldibecalled Thu 19-Mar-20 08:12:38

Who do you think will will supervise and teach the children of the ‘key workers’ who the schools are staying open for?

BullshitVivienne Thu 19-Mar-20 08:13:08

Ah yes, let's all race to the bottom. Tory voter are you?

tessiegirl Thu 19-Mar-20 08:13:22

Because we are still working just from home!

StrangeTimes Thu 19-Mar-20 08:13:37

@MysweetAudrina yes that makes sense, and I'm glad you and others are safe.

I don't realise teachers were still working. Like I said I'm glad they are safe in those roles.

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chillandrelax Thu 19-Mar-20 08:14:08

You husband has lost his job so everyone should?!? I despair of MN.

EmeraldShamrock Thu 19-Mar-20 08:14:19

Teaching is a professional job, not easily replaced, I'm glad the board of education or school is fit to pay them.
There'll be many professional staff on full pay, it is not their fault.

Iggly Thu 19-Mar-20 08:14:39

Because that’s how they and other workers should be treated.

And actually they may well be called back to work at any time

MajorBumsore Thu 19-Mar-20 08:15:09

Is this a joke?
Schools are still being kept open to provide essential ‘care’ for children of key workers and vulnerable children. In many inner city schools, this will amount to a large number of children (think children of doctors, nurses, hospital porters, cleaners, admin workers, delivery drivers, police, firefighters, ambulance workers, supermarket workers, pharmacy workers, etc etc plus vulnerable children including those with a social worker and EHCP).
Schools are also being expected to stay open during the holidays. Staff in schools aren’t paid for the holidays, so are essentially working ‘for free’. Teachers are doing this with a good grace and a smile on their faces, making sure that children feel safe.
You say you aren’t being goady, but you know you are, and an arse to boot!
(Not a teacher by the way.)

fedup21 Thu 19-Mar-20 08:15:12

I don't realise teachers were still working

You ‘didn’t realise’ anything about the whole situation, but thought you’d post this anyway.

Nice

PurpleDaisies Thu 19-Mar-20 08:15:21

We are working. Lots will continue in classrooms with key workers and vulnerable children. Others will be doing online lessons and marking work sent by email. I’ve got a scheme of work to write and about a million other jobs I never get around to in term time.

Teacher bashing is fun though?

Inmyivorytower Thu 19-Mar-20 08:15:26

I think a lot of ephemeral, generic easily-replaceable jobs will go, and those that require years of training and skill will remain.
When schools re-open, do you want the chaos of everyone reapplying for their jobs to get in the way? Most teachers will still be doing their jobs in different ways.
Perhaps your DH could get a job as a home-delivery driver?

KMoKMo Thu 19-Mar-20 08:15:36

OP you’re right. Let’s sack them all.

Then when schools reopen we can embrace the administrative nightmare of making them all reapply for their jobs again, thus delaying the start of school further.

Let’s not try to encourage home schooling so when schools go back we have a nation of kids who are well behind and the impact is felt for years after.

Great idea hmm

LaChatte Thu 19-Mar-20 08:16:06

I'm a teacher in France, our schools have been closed since Monday, I dont think I've ever worked so much in my life, it's utter chaos trying to get organised and make sure no child is left behind. Now they're talking about shortening the summer holidays so kids can catch up. Right now I just want to cry.

FamilyOfAliens Thu 19-Mar-20 08:16:53

Like I said I'm glad they are safe in those roles.

It’s obvious you’re not glad at all. Otherwise why post?

Reversiblesequinsforadults Thu 19-Mar-20 08:17:13

Because they're not employed by bastards. Because schools don't have to keep a business afloat. Imagine schools having to reemploy everyone in September. Have some imagination.
I'm sorry that your husband and friend have lost their jobs. I think it's really mean and unfair. I hope the government will deal with this properly. But don't wish it on everyone!

thekaratekid Thu 19-Mar-20 08:17:28

Because once this is all over, child have to return to school and teachers will need to be there to teach them. A teaching recruitment crisis or any sort of public sector recruitment crisis is not what you need after a pandemic.

Teachers are still setting work and looking after key workers children. Take away pay and they will quite rightly not do that for free.

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