Taken off supply list, although not given any work

13th November 2009 at 00:00

Recently, I received a letter from a Scottish education authority's HR department, informing me that they had taken my name off their teaching supply list as I had not worked for them for one year.

I telephoned to inform them that, over the last year, I had tried on at least a dozen occasions to accept assignments notified to me by text message. On each occurrence, however, the assignment had already been allocated to another supply teacher. The HR department representative admitted that the council had "dozens" of interested applicants for each supply vacancy.

As I have been willing to accept assignments many times, only to be turned down by the council HR department, it seems bizarre that my name should be removed from the list for allegedly not being available for work.

If I was being cynical, I might suggest that this policy is designed to make the HR department's life easier. I will now be raising the matter with the local government ombudsman, and would encourage other supply teachers in a similar situation to do the same.

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