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Parents expect their children to be taught while they are at school by qualified teachers. Cover supervisers may only be used when no actual teaching takes place [statement from the DfES & RIG Guidance]. We know that the government has advised HTs and governors that schools can allow TAs or any person to take whole classes. Parents are often not fully informed of the implications for their children when non-teachers take charge of the class. The NUT believes that TAs and other support staff should be paid properly for the professional work they do. That should be the priority rather than using them to replace teachers. So, If your school only uses qualified teachers to teach whole classes let us know so we can bestow the kite mark on your school. Contact our President, Martin Edmonds at : edmonds_m@tamarside.co.uk Contact plymnut@teacher.clara.co.uk with your questions

A member asks, “Do I have to be a subject or key stage co-ordinator without a TLR? Answer: No—it’s in the School Teachers’ Pay & Conditions Document. If your job description meets the TLR requirements, a TLR should be awarded.

A member asks, “Am I allowed out of school at lunchtime?” Answer: Yes—lunchtime is nondirected time. You are not paid to work during lunchtime so you should not be asked to attend any meetings...and you can go out to the bank, go home for lunch or hit the shops!

A member asks: “I am a 0.6 p/t teacher and my HT told me that I will have to attend all 5 inset days. Is this correct?” Answer: No—you only need to attend 3 inset days, and if they’re held on days when you normally wouldn’t work, you must be paid an extra day’s pay.

CLASSROOM DROP-INS MAY CAUSE MORE DROP-OUTS !

WITHOUT THE PROTECTION AFFORDED BY THE NUT BALLOT, THERE WILL BE NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF OBSERVATIONS YOU CAN SUFFER IN THE NAME OF PERFORMANCE MANEGEMENT

The NUT...The Largest Teachers’ Organisation in Europe… Our Aim:Professional Unity

Nutshells #63 Oct 06  

The newsletter of the Plymouth National Union of Teachers