For a moment, I thought we might be at the same school, until you said there are other teachers that have contracts directly with the school. I'm in a similar situation, kind of. I worked at a school last year, although through an agency. I am continuing like that this term as well. Last term, the agency, Thai teachers, students, and parents told me that they wanted me back this year. I am also on good terms with the school head. I really like the school, students, teachers, etc. so I planned on teaching there again and never considered another school. Classes started last week. I've got my books, course outlines, met the students, met some parents, gone to school events, etc. The only problem...my agency still has not finalized my contract! We're two weeks in and no contract yet! WTF?! I know they will finalize it and we will eventually sign it and they've told me the raise that I'll get this year, but still, totally unprofessional. I'm keeping the faith that everything will turn out fine, but with no contract yet, who knows what terms I'll be working under, after I've already committed myself to the school.
Oh, and yeah. Apparently my agency skims about 15,000 off of what the school pays them for me.
Agencies, the unnecessary evil. Anyways, best of luck to you.
Or you could just follow your own advice from the other thread.Try to do your best when you work with the students and deal with the nonsense like a duck deals with the water on its back.
I'm the only foreign teacher at my school who 'doesn't' work for the agency the school uses
the agency's teachers often git changed multiple times durin one term
'new-to-teachin' teachers carn hack the stress an leave
or,,,, the kids carn hack the teachers so they agency sends replacements
it's like a merry-go-round
but,,, it saves the school the trouble of havin to interview the foreign teachers
the agency does that
a teacher gits sick,,,,the agency sends in anotha teacher to cover
a teacher has to go home,,, the same thing happens
so the school always has enuff teachers
that's why a lot of schools use the agencies
new-to-teachin or new-to-the-LOS teachers use the agencies coz they dun know any betta
The best way to avoid agencies is to show that you are reliable. Its the only real reason schools use them in the first place.
This is it... The apocalypse.
[quote=Guy Mandude;1676887]Originally Posted by dingoman13
If you have read the thread you would know if I had a contract or not.
I will have a meet tomorrow and will hold all comments until after.
All the others' advice is appreciated but I've been here more than ten years and can handle.
Do I even know what my salary is? Of course I do. I'm not dense; it's not my fault that the agency is not doing its job. I don't work for free, but I work without a contract. At the moment.