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split shft etc.

Apr 2017 27 09:13

Post by mrcrabst1ck » Thu, 27th Apr 2017, 9:13am

Post by mrcrabst1ck by mrcrabst1ck Apr 2017 27 09:13

I'll be losing my assistant at the end of of August so will have to start a split shift to cover the school evenings. I currently do a 40 hour week, 7.00 til 4.00pm, with an hour for lunch. I've had an assistant for about 10 years so it will be a bit of a change of routine.

Has anyone else done something similar? What did you do? etc. Thanks.

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Apr 2017 27 09:50

Post by eggy » Thu, 27th Apr 2017, 9:50am

Post by eggy by eggy Apr 2017 27 09:50

Mine went the other way . I used to do 3 split shifts across the day . 7-10,12-130 & 3-6 . Then went to academy & just did 2 shifts . Now as we have took on more staff I do a single shift . Something I found out but never received was shift allowance . This is something like 50p an hour based over your first shift start time & last shift finish time . So say start at 6.oo am & finish at 6 pm . This is an extra £6 a day , £30 a week so a possible extra £1300 a year allowing for holidays .
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Apr 2017 27 11:32

Post by Drone » Thu, 27th Apr 2017, 11:32am

Post by Drone by Drone Apr 2017 27 11:32

Can be quite tiring if you have lets every night. The free time in the day can be useful for shopping & having time for a leisurely lunch or taking the dog out. But I always preferred the holiday cleans, where it was straight through & finish. Split shifts tie you to the job for too many of your waking hours.

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Apr 2017 27 12:18

Post by mrcrabst1ck » Thu, 27th Apr 2017, 12:18pm

Post by mrcrabst1ck by mrcrabst1ck Apr 2017 27 12:18

thanks so far, how does the school cope when you are on leave or sick, what happens?

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Apr 2017 27 12:22

Post by omega1987 » Thu, 27th Apr 2017, 12:22pm

Post by omega1987 by omega1987 Apr 2017 27 12:22

I worked a split shift for five years. I found it exhausting at first but you soon adapt.

I liked having a little time to myself during the day when the wife was a work. Could watch my naff Sci fi's without judgment haha but I found the commute a pain in the end.
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Apr 2017 27 12:39

Post by Skoolkeeper » Thu, 27th Apr 2017, 12:39pm

Post by Skoolkeeper by Skoolkeeper Apr 2017 27 12:39

I have always done split shifts mornings=caretaking and afternoons cleaning/caretaking, and by the way my phone goes off between shifts, as that is my time, :coffee_break:

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Apr 2017 27 12:43

Post by Skoolkeeper » Thu, 27th Apr 2017, 12:43pm

Post by Skoolkeeper by Skoolkeeper Apr 2017 27 12:43

mrcrabst1ck wrote:
Thu, 27th Apr 2017, 12:18pm
thanks so far, how does the school cope when you are on leave or sick, what happens?
Before we went to a academy trust we could call on the L.A caretaking and cleaning services, but now the school rely on the cleaner just to cover the caretaking basics? :coffee_break:

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Apr 2017 27 14:41

Post by JohnE875 » Thu, 27th Apr 2017, 2:41pm

Post by JohnE875 by JohnE875 Apr 2017 27 14:41

Used to enjoy my 4 hours during the day due to split shift. 5 days a week at the gym followed by a swim. Now I am back to my old 8 till 4 and 19 stone.
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Apr 2017 27 18:26

Post by tykeman » Thu, 27th Apr 2017, 6:26pm

Post by tykeman by tykeman Apr 2017 27 18:26

I too lost my assistant, we both did straight shifts, and for 2 years I managed on my own. My cleaning supervisor locked up on an evening. I worked 07:00 to 15:00 (14:30 on a Friday) I paid my cleaning supervisor accordingly. As for cover for holidays and sickness, my SBM would help for holidays, although I usually tried to book school holidays most of the time, so would open up parts of the school, where contractors were in. Sickness is more problematic, although I am aware of Caretakers on this site who have gone off sick, and have been pressurised to come in and open up and lock up. If you are off sick, then you are off sick and is not your problem to sort out. What does your school do if a CO goes off sick? :icon_frown:
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Re: split shft etc.

May 2017 08 12:43

Post by Toysoldier78 » Mon, 8th May 2017, 12:43pm

Post by Toysoldier78 by Toysoldier78 May 2017 08 12:43

When I started as School Caretaker, just over a year ago. It was kind of strange to start with doing a split shift - 0700 to 10:30hrs, 4 hours off :coffee_break: then back at 14:40 till 1800hrs. Although it can be quite tiring sometimes but also if the Head's having a bad day! it can be a God send.

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