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from supply to permanent - advertising role?

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OyGevalt Thu 02-Jul-15 16:22:11

The school I've been at for the last few months would like me to continue into next year. They will eventually advertise the role, which will then be permanent, and which I could then apply for. My question is: are they legally required to advertise this post, because otherwise I would feel put out that they didn't offer it to me in the first place. It would be hard to have been there so long for the post to be offered to someone else. I know I am probably BU and sensitive etc, and am confident I've been doing a good job, but wanted to check...

Finola1step Thu 02-Jul-15 16:30:51

My understanding is that yes, they do legally have to advertise the role if a permanent appointment were to be made. This would be under equal opportunities.

You would then be welcome to apply. You would be treated as any other candidate. Of course, as you have worked for the school, you will have the inside track as you will have knowledge that other candidates do not have. But you would still have to show that you meet the person specification or selection criteria in your application. And treat any interview as if they don't know you. Don't assume they know what you would want to say.

In many situations like this, the person in role will get the job. But this is by no means a given. The interview panel would be professionally bound to offer the job to the strongest candidate. Even if that means not offering the job to an existing member of staff.

padkin Thu 02-Jul-15 18:51:43

I disagree smile As far as I'm aware schools don't have advertise for any posts (though Heads and Deputy post may be different). It is certainly good practice to advertise, and some LEAs may have protocols that say schools should, but it isn't a legal requirement. I've been appointed to temporary and permanent contracts without the posts being advertised, but schools will often want to 'see what's out there' even if they have someone suitable available.

CharlesRyder Thu 02-Jul-15 22:59:35

I am going through something similar although I would rather 'my' post was advertised for a variety of reasons. Questions have been asked and County have confirmed that it does need to be advertised- although this may be local policy.

WhenMarnieWasThere Thu 02-Jul-15 23:02:37

Only management roles need to be advertised. It's good practice to advertise for other posts but it isn't a legal necessity.

penny13610 Thu 02-Jul-15 23:11:58

I've just been through this. The job has to be advertised, at least internally. It is considered good practice to advertise externally as well. You may be great, but someone even greater may also apply.
The interviewing procedure is what is important, schools have to leave an auditable trail of safeguarding etc etc
If they do really want you, they can get away with being a bit biased at the interview, but not OTT.
Good luck

WhenMarnieWasThere Fri 03-Jul-15 00:13:55

The equality and human rights commission backs up the fact that no employer HAS to advertise any job that they have going.

However, they add the caveat that if this means that the employer could be accused of discrimination. Therefore, a lot of counties will therefore have the policy that jobs need to be advertised to cover themselves.

GammonAndEgg Wed 08-Jul-15 16:45:12

We have always advertised and recently I did give a job to a candidate who was not my long term supply.

My supply teacher was good. The candidate was great.

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