Chatroom - Retired teachers - supply work

10th September 2010 at 01:00

Posted by davieee

I think retired teachers should be allowed to remain on the supply list.

I don't think discrimination in any form is acceptable. And schools do not exist to provide teachers with employment, irrespective of how much or how little experience they have.

If it's a school that my child attends, I want them to have the best available teacher and I care not a jot about their colour, creed, or age, but merely their ability to deliver a comprehensive lesson that suits the needs of my child and the people around them.

Posted by tripper00

As far as I am concerned, they are downright selfish old duffers, who need to take up knitting and stop being so damn selfish.

Posted by Winaukee

We have a retired teacher in on supply at the moment. Due to the terms of his package, every other teacher on the supply list for his subject had to be phoned and asked to do the long-term supply, but he was the only one to say yes. Without this wonderful bloke, the department would be short and the rest of the staff would be swamped with please-takes. So, yes, retired teachers should be allowed to do supply.

Posted by Janethestressed

Some schools won't move out of their comfort zones, when it comes to finding supply teachers. One teacher I knew has been employed almost constantly at the same school, since retiring eight years ago. She lived a five-minute drive from the school, so the person who organised supply just phoned her any time supply was needed. Whenever a teacher was absent, this retired teacher covered the classes in all subjects for up to weeks at a time.

Posted by scotSEN

Retired teachers will often be particularly useful for short-term supply. In most cases, this is all they want. Ideally, then, the longer-term supply should be left for younger teachers.

The other advantage retired teachers have is that they will commit to covering one or two days a week for a short period. Already, this term, we have been let down by two younger teachers who agreed to work for us, then turned us down when something better came along.

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