DAYS OFF SCHOOL
I was saddened, though hardly surprised, that fellow teacher Lucy Nuttgens ( JC, October 3) is experiencing difficulty in being granted absence with pay for Yom Tov observance. Some years ago, exasperated at having had to suffer years of docked pay for this reason, I took up the matter of leave for religious observance with my local authority, Leeds. My teachers’ union aided and advised me.
There followed an 18-month, 60-letter-long exchange of correspondence involving my school, my education authority, my local councillor, my union and me. In the end, with my assurance that, if granted absence of leave with pay, I would make up the hours in some other way, my school undertook to pay me, irrespective of changeable local-council policy.
I am glad that the Board of Deputies has begun talks with teacher unions on what must be a vexed matter for many Jewish teachers. What position if any does the Jewish Teachers’ Association take on the subject? Mike Fligg firstname.lastname@example.org