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Going part time - contracts and redundancies

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maskingtherealme Thu 14-May-15 22:46:32

I am going back to work later in the year on a part time basis. I have been in the same school for more than 10 years, teaching in both key stages (primary) and with numerous coordinator roles over the years.
I applied for part time hours via letter and this was verbally granted via the school business manager who confirmed my requested hours had been granted though she could not say for certain if this was my choice of days. Since then I have had no further correspondence and I was contacted via telephone (I am on leave at the moment) 6 weeks ago.

Should I have received a new or amended contract or is it more likely that this will be sent to me nearer the time to my return?
Part timers - what exactly does your contract stipulate - hours (i.e. 0.6) and/or particular days?
Do you have to attend all training days?
Though I have 15 years experience, taught in six different year groups and responsible for 4 subjects over the course of those 15 years, what is the likelihood of being made redundant? There are 18 teachers and of those 13 of them have less years experience, less years at the school, less year group experience and less coordinator role experience. Am I more likely to be protected?

I have no idea how redundancies work but with the budget being 'ring-fenced' by the Conservatives (i.e won't be cut but unlikely to increase either!) I amsomewhat concerned as the head teacher and I no longer get along (no contact with her in five months!)

SunsetDreamer Thu 14-May-15 23:46:28

If you are sure about your days PLEASE try to get them written onto your contract. If it only says 0.6, en they can change your days if they feel like it (or even do 0.6 over 4/5 days). You could argue about it, but getting it in writing is the way to protect yourself.

SunsetDreamer Fri 15-May-15 12:42:55

Unless you are in an academy, You are only required to attend training days or meetings on the days that you work (although they might try to say otherwise)

maskingtherealme Sat 16-May-15 21:55:48

Sunset Dreamer - I wasn't aware of those rules regarding training days. I had a colleague who worked Thursday and Friday and was still expected to attend training days. Can they work it into your contract?

Temporaryanonymity Sat 16-May-15 21:59:57

Are you off sick at the mo?

Have you not had any information regarding selection methods for redundancy?

noblegiraffe Sat 16-May-15 23:06:58

I didn't even get given a contract this year. I'm on 0.6 technically, but I've taken the odd extra period or lost one over the last 5 years to make my timetable fit better so it's flexible.

However, my 0.6 is over 5 days. When I requested part time I was told there was no guarantee of full days off and as I teach maths and we don't split classes from Y9 up, the timetable just hasn't fit.

They can't make you redundant over other teachers for being part time, that would be discrimination against part time workers.

I have to do 3 training days out of 5. 0.6 of the salary, 0.6 of the directed time. If they want you to do extra training days, you should request to be paid for them.

SunsetDreamer Sat 16-May-15 23:09:05

I'm not sure about the contract - I'm sure anything can be written in if you sign it, however they might be on dodgy ground trying to do that if the school is subject to the STPC document.

It's very, very clear in the document that part time teachers cannot be required to attend days or parts of days on days that they do not work. (I'm too tired to find the exact paragraph at the moment)

The statutory teacher's pay and conditions document doesn't apply in academies... Me of the reasons they want to turn schools into academies...

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