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School support staff and unpaid overtime

(4 Posts)
ShirleySmears Wed 08-Jul-15 14:55:16

What's the norm?

My old school had plenty of cash because we had very high pupil premium numbers. All support staff are very much work to the clock and any overtime worked is approved in advance and paid, if agreed.

My new school has a much tighter budget and no-one gets paid overtime. That's fine, it can't be changed, there simply isn't any money. However, many of the staff, especially in the office, still work the extra hours. I understand it's fairly common, but I don't understand why. What's the worst that would happen if they didn't? Their hourly rate isn't very much anyway if they put in many extra hours they must be close to minimum wage.

arnieschwartzsnogger Wed 08-Jul-15 20:09:34

I've no idea in terms of a school but it's pretty much normal fodder for private sector hence why I am temping and getting paid for every sodding minute!

MaybeDoctor Wed 08-Jul-15 20:16:32

I have worked in many schools and have never heard of overtime being paid.

However, most support staff more or less left on the dot.

justjuanmorebeer Thu 09-Jul-15 15:55:28

I am school support staff and no overtime is paid usually. For things like trips, holiday clubs, lunch clubs people are expected to just volunteer.

Teaching assistants only get paid for 5 hrs a day despite being expected to be in the building for 7 hours. It is crap.

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