Redundancy fears

19th March 2004 at 00:00
Your job and career questions answered

I am in my second year at an independent school. The staff has been informed that we have falling numbers so there may be redundancies. How does this work? Do they look at it by subject? Can they make redundancies using "last in, first out" as the criterion, or do they go for part-timers first? Can they reduce your contract from full-time to part-time?

A: This sounds like a precautionary move. Obviously, the school will not yet know how many pupils it will recruit for September. As the process of declaring redundancies is lengthy, it makes sense to start it in good time.

It is easier to abandon the process if numbers pick up, than to start it too late in the year. As to who will be chosen, that is difficult to say.

Often, where everyone is doing the same job, the length of service method is seen as fair to all. However, if there are subject specialists the problem becomes complicated. If you are a member of a union, consult your local officials for their advice. If you have not yet joined a professional association, now might be the time to make the move; their advice and support can be invaluable in situations such as the one you describe.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now