I realize that my inquiry is not as dire as many of the requests for help you receive from ISR members. If you have time, I would appreciate your advice and assistance.
Here is the situation. I have signed a contract with a new school. The contract date starts on August 16, 2009. However, the school wants to start new teacher induction 6 days prior to the start date, and they have clearly informed me we will not be paid for the time. While I realize that some of the events are designed as social gatherings and networking, many of the events are compulsory and include review of the contracts, getting a mandatory health check, going through the school development plan, going through admin, school and section policies and procedures, school-related ICT training, to name a few. These activities all were conducted within the realms of the contracts at my previous 3 schools. Am I wrong to expect to be on salary at the time of induction? If not, how should I handle this with the school? They have already given me the “choice” to not attend new teacher training. Realistically, that is not an option.
Thank you for your time.