Son throws in the towel after system injustice

12th November 2010 at 00:00

My son qualified as a primary teacher but failed to complete an NQT year, going to Vietnam to teach English instead. Since returning to the UK after four years away he has worked as a supply teacher through an agency and has also had a term's work directly with a local primary school, which hinted that they would help with his "induction" but didn't.

Since then, more supply work has followed, including doing drama in a secondary school and more applications for permanent jobs. Having had one extension to the period for which he is allowed to do "supply" without the NQT year, he has now been told he can no longer do supply work.

How can he find a permanent job while he is unable to show he is continuing to work as a teacher because he is not allowed to?

The joke is that the same agency can send him into the same schools to do the same tasks as a "cover supervisor" for less pay! Where's the logic in that? A lot of training and talent looks like going to waste as he throws in the towel and accepts the need for permanent but regular low-paid, unskilled work.

A father of a teacher, North of England.

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