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Teachers - should I have to arrange cover for my class for midwife appointment??

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Zeddy81 Wed 08-Jun-16 21:38:35

As subject really! My head has told me to take my next appointment as ppa by swapping my actual time with a colleague's or by arranging for someone else to come in to cover my class for a couple of hours so I can attend my 28 week midwife appointment. Is this right? I thought I was entitled to time off for these medical appointments?

honeysucklejasmine Wed 08-Jun-16 21:39:18

You are. Your Head is being very cheeky

YouAreMyRain Wed 08-Jun-16 21:39:25

Doesn't sound right to me, ring your Union

christinarossetti Wed 08-Jun-16 21:39:53

You are entitled to time off. It is your responsibility to inform your head and theirs to sort out cover.

KateBeckett Wed 08-Jun-16 21:40:25

No you definitely shouldn't have to do that!

Badgerncub Wed 08-Jun-16 21:44:40

Nope- it's definitely nonsense! You don't even have to set work if you wanted to be a dick about it- you can also take time for ante natal and exercise classes without having to lose ppa. Nobody would but you're entitled to!

FuzzyWizard Wed 08-Jun-16 21:48:59

shock By arrange cover I thought you meant set work for them. I was going to say yes of course... It just hadn't occurred to me that they would expect you to actually rearrange ppa or ask someone to come in. Clearly not your responsibility.

Zeddy81 Wed 08-Jun-16 21:51:18

Thank you. Tempted to just not turn up that morning now and tell her I told you about the appointment! (Wouldn't really do that).

echt Thu 09-Jun-16 09:15:02

Cut and paste the relevant section of the Burgundy book, and send it to them, CCd to your union rep.

Cheeky fecker.

Noodledoodledoo Sun 19-Jun-16 05:54:28

My Hod spoke to his union when our SLT member who approves absence asked me to sort cover within the department (secondary). I gave him the benefit of the doubt as he was covering but got HR to politely remind him he couldn't really object!

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