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How much notice does a teacher have to work before they leave?

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PeterParkerSays Wed 22-May-13 12:20:46

We've just had the introduction session for parents of children entering Reception in Septmeber. On the same day, the teacher of what will be DS's class has resigned. Cue a session with the headmaster saying "this is teacher for class X but they won't actually be here by September because we found out today that they're leaving". sad angry

We have settling in sessions arranged at the school in late June and July, when the children get to meet the other children in their class, but the teachers don't do home visits. Is it likely the new teacher will be in post for the end of June, so DS actually gets to meet his teacher before he starts in September?


DeWe Wed 22-May-13 12:32:10

End of May is the last date for teachers who won't be back in September. They would have to work the term out, so the new teacher potentially won't be seeable until September.
Some schools will be able to arrange for the new teacher to come in for induction days, but that does depend on what the teacher is currently doing.

But if they didn't know until now, they can't get a current teacher for the beginning of September unless the current school is happy to work the notice out. So there is a higher chance of the new teacher being able to make time to come and see them before September.

caffeinated Wed 22-May-13 12:32:27

A half term. So for teachers not continuing in their posts in September they have to hand in their resignation by Friday.

PeterParkerSays Wed 22-May-13 12:39:49

The date makes more sense then, but it's still crap. DS is at a nursery outside of our town so no-one there is going to his school. He knows 3 or 4 other kids all starting in Reception in September and they are all, without exception, in the other class (2 class instake).

I just wanted to try and prepare him a bit, but he's going into a school, when he only has the slightest grasp of what this entails (he's an only child and won't be 4 for a couple of months yet), will have no friends in his class, and there's now no teacher to introduce him to. We can't even get his uniform yet because that will be changing before September as well. angry

I've got the mums of DS's friends going "oh, I'm sure his new teacher will be really nice" but I'm sorry, however nice the current one is was her timing is rubbish.

I know all this isn't the school's fault but it presents a really poor first impression.

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 22-May-13 12:44:40

It is down to individual contracts DD's school requires a full terms notice.

EduCated Wed 22-May-13 12:46:37

It's understandable that your concerned, but it isn't the teachers fail either. She is allowed to change jobs.

Will the class have the new teacher or will there be a reshuffle so they get a teacher currently teaching a different year group?

Periwinkle007 Wed 22-May-13 12:49:03

Hopefully the TA(s) won't be changing so they will be able to meet them at the settling in sessions?

PeterParkerSays Wed 22-May-13 12:49:11

No mention of a reshuffle (but I guess that could be because they'd known for about 12 hours at the time we were told). I'm presuming they'll get a new Reception teacher.

indyandlara Wed 22-May-13 12:49:55

Teachers are allowed to change jobs though. No matter when they move on there will always be disruption or someone. I can't see how it paints a poor impression tbh. I have known lots of p1 inductions to happen without the teacher for the next session there .

indyandlara Wed 22-May-13 12:50:20

To someone even.

TwasBrillig Wed 22-May-13 12:51:04

When would you prefer a teacher to leave? People do get rather upset about a teacher leaving mid year, its usually seen to be more professional to leave at the end of a school year. End of term gives at least 3 months notice!

Teachers really are restricted as to when they can change jobs.

KingRollo Wed 22-May-13 12:52:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

OldBeanbagz Wed 22-May-13 12:55:04

I know its a shock but i'm sure your DS will be ok come September. He probably won't even remember what the teacher look liked by then (if he's anything like my DS).

Is he in Nursery at the same school? Is the teacher who's leaving one he knows already?

My DD had a similar problem when she was moving from Y3 to Y4. We'd met her new teachers (job share), she's spent a day in the class and it was a huge shock when one week before the start of term we got an email to say that there was a change of staff.

We were invited to meet the new one but my DD already had plans for the day so she didn't meet her until the first day of term.

OrangeLily Wed 22-May-13 12:58:41

I hope this is your PFB because its rather daft.

Would you like a new teacher to leave their previous school and class in the June so that they get to meet your child? Who they won't even see until Sept?

They need to hang on until the holidays to finish their previous class and to clear out their classroom.

Bramshott Wed 22-May-13 12:59:48

It's pretty standard and schools take this into account when they recruit, so many jobs will be being advertised/filled now.

What I don't get, is if teachers have to give 1/2 a terms notice - is it now too later for OPs school (and my DDs school too who are in the same situation) to recruit a teacher to start in September? How do schools get round this without having half a term of supply fairly regularly?

OrangeLily Wed 22-May-13 13:02:19

Have also just seen 'the teachers don't do home visits' in your OP.... Just our interest... We're you expecting them to?

OrganixAddict Wed 22-May-13 13:02:47

Dds school tends to move staff between year groups so the reception classes are generally taught by someone in the school & available to meet parents and children. For example, dds teacher interviewed for a reception post but worked first year as Y2 teacher and moved down within the school in his second year.

Lots of teachers like to get experience across age ranges (helps with career progression) so someone may well move internally. If not, try not to worry - if your DS feels you are stressed about it, he may feel he should be too.

caffeinated Wed 22-May-13 13:03:46

When our second child was starting school and we went to the induction in July we were told by the head teacher that she was leaving at the end of term and her replacement was yet to be found. We all survived.

ArabellaBeaumaris Wed 22-May-13 13:08:38

Sounds like the right time for a teacher to leave - she is seeing out the teaching year. When would you like her to leave?

Honestly OP it sounds like you are very anxious about your DC starting school - they will be fine. They all do it! Lots of DC turned up in my pfb class who hadn't been to the attached nursery, knew nobody, & they quickly settled.

BigBongTheory Wed 22-May-13 13:08:58

They'll be able recruit unemployed teachers, an NQT or will fill a post temporarily until Xmas.

In rare cases someone might aaply and then negotiate an early exit from their current school.

Pozzled Wed 22-May-13 13:10:17

Most teachers change jobs after the summer term as they prefer to see their current class through. If the reception teacher had left earlier, he/she would be disappointing a whole class of children who have probably built an excellent relationship with her.

However, I can see why you feel the way you do, there are lots of worries for children (and parents) about starting school and you want it to be as smooth as possible.

I would say try not to worry yet- the school haven't had a chance to make a plan yet, but thety will. Once they have decided who will take the class, they will try to organize a time to meet the teacher. Even if it's someone who is already in another post, most schools will be flexible enough to allow this.

The school can also take other measures- make sure the TAs and other adults are familiar to your child. There will also be a lot of settling in time in September.

TeamEdward Wed 22-May-13 13:12:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Quenelle Wed 22-May-13 13:25:29

OrangeLily my DS starts lower school in September and the children don't even go in for the first two weeks of the Autumn term because the teachers are doing home visits.

OP, I can understand why you're concerned if your son isn't familiar with the school or his new schoolmates at all. But in reality he probably won't even remember much about who he meets in June/July by the time he starts in early (or mid in our case) September. He will still benefit from visiting the school. Does his pre-school do any visits? DS's preschool manager has asked which schools all the children are going to so she can arrange to take them for visits over the next couple of months.

We are waiting for details of transition and the Intake Evening but the school won't publish any information until after this week's deadline for teachers to give notice.

adoptmama Wed 22-May-13 13:27:21

How on earth can you consider it 'rubbish' of a teacher to hand in his or her notice and work that notice as required by their contract? Your child will still have their induction and the fact they will not be taught by the person who they have spent, at best, a few hours with 3 months before does not - to any normal person - create a 'bad impression' of the school. I think it is ridiculous of you to make an issue about someone leaving their job.

fedupwithdeployment Wed 22-May-13 13:28:39

We had a problem with getting DS2 into the same school as DS1 (long story involving house moves and Lambeth being spectacularly crap) cut a long story short, we met his teacher the day before he started Reception. It was fine. If he had met her 2 months earlier i doubt he would have remembered. And as for settling in...well that was Day 1 Reception!

I would relax about it - a total non issue (assuming they get a decent teacher in place for Sept!)

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