Coronavirus FAQ’s for supply staff

We have put together these FAQ’s to help you during these uncertain times

Should a supply teacher or support staff member still work if they are fit and able while schools are open?

Yes. Unless you, or a member of your household either has symptoms of the virus, or is in an “at risk” group, you should continue to work as directed by your school/Axcis consultant. Although many schools will be closed, some will still be operating to support children of key workers or those with EHCP’s – so do check to be sure if you are required or not.

Will supply staff still get paid when the school I’m working at has closed due to Coronavirus/Covid19?

If you have worked as a supply teacher or support staff, you will get paid as normal once your work has been confirmed with the school via a timesheet. Sadly, there is no contractual requirement for a school or hirer to pay supply teachers for advanced bookings. Nonetheless, some schools are agreeing to pay long-term supply staff during closures, and your Axcis consultant will be doing their very best to ensure that they secure payment for as many candidates as they possibly can. In addition to this, there is also a petition to the government to support supply staff during this difficult time. If you’d like to sign this, you can do so here:

Will I receive sick pay should I become ill with Coronavirus/Covid-19?

As with any illness, Axcis, or an umbrella company you are employed by will pay statutory sick pay to agency workers by completing form SC2, if you qualify and based on current government guidelines. However, there may be additional support offered by the government in this rapidly evolving situation, so if unsure, it’s best to refer to the latest guidance being offered and to consult with your chosen umbrella company.

What do I do if I am told I have been working at a school with a confirmed case of Coronavirus?

The virus is now fairly widespread across the UK and as such you should follow the guidance being offered by the government. This is currently to maintain social distancing, and to self-isolate if you or a family member shows symptoms. Whether others at your school or provision has shown symptoms is currently not a factor unless you become symptomatic yourself.

Where can I get accurate advice about schools and Coronavirus/Covid-19

Please keep up to date on the government website for educational settings

Is it possible to get supply work after schools close?

Yes – we will respond to the needs of our client schools as and when they stay open and require additional teaching or support staff. It is possible that teachers may be required for distance learning needs as well – we will update our jobs pages to reflect any current needs as they develop.

Are you seeking SEND staff or work?

If you’re looking for a SEND teaching or support job in England or Wales, either now or for September, why not register with Axcis, the SEND recruitment specialists? Or perhaps you need to recruit staff for your school or provision? If so, why not take a look at the Axcis Website, or get in touch today to find out how we can help?

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