4th September 2009 at 01:00

Supply fiasco

Posted by cozycoupe

Just had a depressing day talking to my colleagues about the lack of jobs. My HT wanted me back but got knocked back because I would be able to put in for permanent . on a two-day post! HTs have been told they are not allowed to contact supply direct, it has to be put in a form, passed to a fat cat who says yes or no to the people available and then personnel phone them. Now the HTs have absolutely no control over who works in their establishment. Why aren't they kicking up a fuss? Where are the unions over this?

Posted by piglet171

It also looks good if the councils can say they managed to give jobs to x per cent of last year's probationers. Hard cheese if you are a probationer from the year before last - you then cease to be a useful statistic!

Posted by cozycoupe

What happens when piggy flu hits and HTs need staff fast? Let's fill out five forms, send them to Mr Fat Cat, get them approved, get personnel to phone to find out who's not got it, and meantime what happens to the weans without a teacher?

Posted by jules100

I am disgusted with how things are handled. I worked for SLC last year doing supply and I know about 4 or 5 probationers who have been offered work. I've heard nothing. Every time I phone I get the same robotic response - "we'll call you if something becomes available".

Posted by jhu03154

I wish there was something we could do or a way we could all meet up to discuss it!

Posted by ashleeuk1

I too have been calling religiously twice a day for two-and-a-half weeks. Finally, after yet another emotional day, hubby and I have decided that I'll apply for the 20 or so jobs in Aberdeenshire, live up there Monday to Friday and return home at weekends. Can't afford to sell our house but if I don't get work, can't afford to live in it!

Posted by pico

It's a really good idea if some of us meet up. If we can post a time and a place, we can see who's interested.

Posted by Jane the stressed

I've always been part of a group - uni, fellow NQTs, departments I've worked in. I am now on my own. My uni buddies have fled the country, two of my fellow NQTs have fled the country and school life goes on for the people I was working with on supply. It would be nice to have a support network.

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