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Bootoot Fri 15-Mar-19 20:16:11

I have a permanent jobshare contract - we make up 1 whole post between us, and the days and hours we each work as well as the name of the other person are written in to it.
The headteacher has told us that from next year we won't be working together any more. I am not happy about this for various reasons and asked why (no specific reasons given) and stated that my contract says who I jobshare with. Head told me that it doesn't matter what the contract currently says, it will just be rewritten. Head has told my jobshare that it has already been checked with HR and this is fine and legal.
I will ask union advice but in the meantime was hoping someone might have experience of this. Can this change just be imposed on us? Neither of us want to change job share partner and the head is seemingly not willing to allow us to stay together, or explain why we can't.
I am thinking of phoning HR but not sure if they would advise me as an employee or if they are only there for the employer?
It is an LA school, not an academy.

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Barbaraanne22 Sat 16-Mar-19 09:04:48

It seems very odd to name another person on your contract. Does that mean if one of you resigns the other person automatically loses their job?

MissusHoolie Sat 16-Mar-19 09:09:29

My jobshare was not named on my contract.

Bootoot Sat 16-Mar-19 09:18:10

There's a clause in it that says something like if one of us resigns, they will take reasonable steps to employ a replacement, but if this isn't possible then yes the other one would lose their job.
I didn't realise it was unusual for jobshare (as opposed to part time) contracts not to say who the other person is. When the job was originally advertised, I had to meet the existing part of the jobshare and was told that was who I would be working with. Prior to that I was on a part-time contract somewhere else, which only said when I worked and made no mention of anyone else. Other than that I have been on a full time contract so I don't really know what is usual in these situations.
It just seems wrong to me that the head can rewrite the contract, when it suits them.

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millimat Sat 16-Mar-19 09:19:46

Are there other part time staff you can job share with?
Do you teach specific subjects? We're not able to stay with our job share partner for too long in case we become de-skilled.

Bootoot Sat 16-Mar-19 09:30:10

There are other part time and jobshare people who work for the school but I don't know who will still be there in September or what their contracts say. The head wouldn't tell me who I would be working with when I asked directly.

How does working with the same jobshare mean you become deskilled?

Not specific subjects - it's not secondary school.

I think it's the head being able to just announce they are rewriting the contract that bothers me the most. I have very little flexibility to work any other days than the current days I do because of childcare and logistics, so I am partly worried that if they can just rewrite it at will, they will change that part of it too.

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noblegiraffe Sat 16-Mar-19 10:49:24

If the head can just rewrite the contract and have you fall in line, then it’s not a contract is it? Pretty sure you’d have to sign it to say you agree to the change in terms.

I’d get union advice.

millimat Sat 16-Mar-19 11:32:15

What I mean is that if you teach eg computing, history, pe and the other person does science, re, art, then over time you may not keep up to date with the latest requirements. When I did ppa cover I never taught English for ages so then when class based I was pretty clueless.

millimat Sat 16-Mar-19 11:34:07

I'd def get union advice if my days changed but I don't have stated days in writing. The only bit guaranteed for me is 0.6 timetable. Doesn't say how or when.

musicinspring1 Mon 18-Mar-19 20:11:14

I’ve worked three different job shares and never had a named person on my contract , so probably unusual. My current contract just says class teacher 0.4 or whatever so the head has flexibility in using me as job share / ppa cover / slt cover - whatever is needed for that year.
I’d get union advice about the change in contract , as a previous poster said - if they can just rewrite the contract Aa and when without consulting you or you agreeing to it , there is no point in having a contract !

millimat Mon 18-Mar-19 20:23:25

I don't actually have a contract now I think about it....

MaybeDoctor Tue 19-Mar-19 07:18:47

Can you consider taking your jobshare partner and applying elsewhere?

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