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Is it legal to be asked to stay in school with pupils when everyone else leaves the site? Can anyone help?

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prettypurpledaisy Thu 03-Jul-08 20:36:31

I work as a cover supervisor at a secondary school. Tomorrow is sports day and the school are going to a sister school to compete. Every child has to complete a permission slip. I am being asked to stay at school with the children who have not returned the slips. There will be caretakers and admin staff in the building but no qualified teachers.
Are they allowed to do it? I cannot get hold of anyone from my union to ask and was hoping some marvellous mumsnetter could help me.
Thanks for reading this.

fizzbuzz Thu 03-Jul-08 20:41:41

Can't help sorry, but does sound like a union issue..........

claricebeansmum Thu 03-Jul-08 20:43:45

Surely this is the nature of your job? To "cover" when nobody else is around? hmm

BreeVanDerCampLGJ Thu 03-Jul-08 20:47:32

Unions doncha just love 'em.

What ever happened to common sense ?

fizzbuzz Thu 03-Jul-08 20:55:10

How many aren't going?

prettypurpledaisy Thu 03-Jul-08 21:03:30

There will be about 10 I think. I know I have to cover but it seems a bit wrong somehow to leave me there on my own, it will be weird and I am a bit nervous to be honest.
Thanks for answering.

fizzbuzz Thu 03-Jul-08 21:09:04

Why aren't they going, it is compulsory at our school.

I think to leave you in sole charge with no back up, or senior member of staff is a bit much. Are they difficult kids?

fizzbuzz Thu 03-Jul-08 21:10:02

Have just remembered, we have then who don't go, and they stay in school with a senior member of staff around

prettypurpledaisy Thu 03-Jul-08 21:49:18

The ones who are staying are difficult and the other cover supervisor is not staying because they feel I have more of a rappour with the kids. This may well be true but what sanctions do I have. The kids know I have no real power over them and what happens in an emergency. I will do it and watch dvds all day but I feel it is a bit wrong to ask me to do it. Still I suppose it is covered in my contract with any other duties.

Lola234 Mon 21-Jul-08 10:40:55

yes it is legal!

Lauriefairycake Mon 21-Jul-08 17:48:24

It might be legal, but it is daft. You are quite likely to have the most difficult kids in school - I know I'm generalising but parents who don't return permission slips will likely have the most difficult kids right?

I hope you have procedures in place in case any run off and a contact number for the head/deputy in case of emergency.

Whizzz Mon 21-Jul-08 17:57:45

I agree that as a cover supervisor your job is to cover classes & manage behaviour. I would however ask for a school mobile + contact number for office and / or SMT in case of any emergency.

Ripeberry Thu 24-Jul-08 16:34:02

How did it go? Were they nice kids in the end or did you get lynched wink?

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