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Part time teaching and Inset days

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InsetWoes Wed 10-Oct-12 18:44:21

I'm contracted 0.4, and so currently teach for 2 whole days a week.
We've just been informed of a new Inset day scheduled for the last day of this term - a day I don't work. I have been told I must attend.
I have another job on that particular day, so don't want to can't attend.
Where do I stand?

So as not to drip-feed, the school is in Special Measures and SMT are a bit hostile.

SunAtLast Wed 10-Oct-12 18:45:24

If its not a contracted day you don't have to attend.

talkingnonsense Wed 10-Oct-12 18:46:16

Tell them you teach elsewhere for the other .6. You can't come in. No choice, no debate.

BrigitBigKnickers Wed 10-Oct-12 18:49:50

If they want you to attend then they need to pay you for it. If you have other commitments on that day you will just have to tell them you can't.

I have a job share- if the inset day falls on my day, I do it. If it falls on hers, she does it.

InsetWoes Wed 10-Oct-12 18:52:20

That's what I thought. Just wanted to be sure, before I dig my heels in and then get the SMT guilt trip.

InsetWoes Wed 10-Oct-12 18:53:00

I don't have a class commitment, I cover PPA.

sunnybobs Wed 10-Oct-12 18:53:12

Mine did the exact same thing, I contacted union who supported me & while I did go in I did get paid for it eventually. I'd love to find a SMT who aren't hostile these days - some are such bullies!

chocolateshoes Wed 10-Oct-12 18:54:57

hmmm is different in our school - we have to attend the % of INSET that we teach - eg I am .5 so have to go to .5 of INSET. It is up to me which ones I go to - we have to let the Head know in advance. It might mean that although I teach on a Monday I don't go to an INSET on a Monday because it isn't one I've chosen...or that I do go in on one of my days off because I have chosen that training.

InsetWoes Wed 10-Oct-12 18:59:21

I've not been given any choice of insets or any guidance on what I should do about inset days.
I'm going to tell them No.

BackforGood Wed 10-Oct-12 19:02:19

If you have other commitments on that day, then clearly you can't.
I've swapped days before now if they want me to attend training on a non-work day, but if you have another job, then clearly you can't. End of. Not your problem.

picturesinthefirelight Wed 10-Oct-12 19:06:09

Dh has been in that situation many times. He is currently 0.8 in one school and 0.2 in another. It's very often not possible to swop days. He can't attend inset on days other than he is contracted to work although he did do an open day on a Saturday recently.

QueenofLouisiana Thu 11-Oct-12 17:09:41

I think that you have to attend the same percentage of inset days as the amount you teach, so in your case 40% which is 2 inset days I think. However, if you don't usually work on those days you need to be paid, as they will be in addition to your contracted time. So if you don't work Fridays, you need to be paid because everyone else there is being trained instead of teaching on that day. Hope that makes sense!

deleted203 Thu 11-Oct-12 17:12:28

Agree with BackforGood. You are already committed to working somewhere else that day, so tough. You can't attend.

InTheoryBut Sat 20-Oct-12 13:18:26

Arrangements for swapping days, or choosing which INSET to attend are purely choice and good will on the part-time teacher's part. You are not obliged to do either.

You do NOT have to attend anything on days you don't work. End of. Part-time pay and conditions are VERY clear on that. Check TES talk boards or union for clarity. And percentages of time don't come into it.

You can, of course, choose to attend INSET days on your non-school days, with payment, should you wish. I generally do, if I can organise childcare, as I don't want to miss the training, will show eager when i can, and the extra money comes in handy, but if it clashed with something I was doing personally or professionally, I would just politely say no, sorry.

I do attend a weekly inset training/meeting that takes place after school on a day I work. Legally I only need to attend 60% (this is where percentages come in) of them, as I work a 0.6 contract, but I rarely duck out of them as they are useful.

My head teacher and SMT can be nightmares about many many things, but this issue isn't one of them because they know the legalities and don't push it. HTH.

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