Teacher Relief Services
provides casual relief teachers to schools. It is marketed as a 'back up
service' to schools; that is, if a school cannot find a relief teacher
using its regular channels it is then encouraged to call Teacher Relief
which has a database of teachers to draw from.
School staff don't have time to search for casual staff, save for a small list of
people that they could call on. The idea of searching further, to
actually find a relief teacher appropriate to the vacant position
was virtually unheard of.
The idea of a central point of organisation appealed to casual
teachers, who could be called by many schools each day, and missed
by many schools each day in what is a messy, adhoc process.
Teacher relief will have two customer bases; the educational
organisations on the Mornington Peninsula, Cranbourne and Western
Port and the casual relief staff that service those organisations.
Staff will be directly employed by Teacher Relief who will then be
able to offer a complete casual relief service to schools.
- Placement of
quality casual and short term contract teachers
- Skilled and
appropriately matched CRTs to Schools
programs to CRTs
- Recruitment of
short-term contract staff
Relief Service the needs of schools
to satisfy customer needs. Key success factors.
To fully cater for the needs of schools a service would need to:
a) be prompt
b) be accessible
c) be efficient
d) be communicative
e) be cost effective
f) place the most effective person possible
g) have an adequate supply of teachers
h) be non-exclusive
staff are directly employed by Teacher Relief Services, who pay wages,
group tax, work cover and superannuation contributions - saving office
staff hours of work each week.
Schools are invoiced weekly for staff used - this creates savings on
transaction costs and time through less bookkeeping.
A 24 hour phone service, with three lines, ensuring Teacher Relief is
Relief staff are carefully and discreetly matched to schools' needs using
Teacher Relief offers CRTs a point of access within the system. A days
work through Teacher Relief is one that they otherwise may not have had.
Teachers have choice - they are not telling a school Principal that they don't
want to work with the worry that they wont be called again.
Teachers are paid the award rate that they are entitled to.
Teachers can claim the tax free threshold at every school they work at -
creating significant savings each week.
When the initial
call for a teacher comes through the search for a suitable
relief teacher begins as soon as possible and the school contact
person notified personally.
seven day service. Two phone lines with answering machines and a
mobile service ensure that a request for placement is easily
lodged and quickly attended to.
By keeping an up
to date list of teachers available to work on a daily, weekly
and term basis, Teacher Relief knows in advance which teachers
to call and adjust as importantly - who not to call. This makes
Teacher Relief an efficient organisation.
works in close liaison with the staff member responsible for
finding relief staff. Feedback is sought on teacher performance
and suitability and any other issues affecting the possible
future employment of relief staff.
OF EFFECTIVE STAFF:
Finding the most
suitable relief teacher is a task not under taken lightly. When
a teacher registers with Teacher Relief they are asked to
complete a database information sheet, giving details of work
preferences, specialist training, days available to work and
distances they are prepared to travel etc. This information is
relied on when matching teachers to schools, grade levels and
If a school
cannot find a relief teacher using its own resources it is encouraged to
call Teacher Relief. The search for the most appropriate teacher begins,
using such consideration as school requirements, geography and personal
If the relief teacher chosen is not available, the next most suitable
teacher is called, and so on until the vacant position has been filled.
Invoices are prepared every Friday for schools that used Teacher Relief
staff that week. Each invoice covers gross wage, superannuation, workcover
and a service fee. Terms: 10 Days with provision to charge interest on
Pay as you go tax is collected on behalf of the Taxation Department and
paid monthly. Payment Summaries are distributed at the end of June.
Teacher Relief pays superannuation on every days work. The 9% contribution
can be paid into any account that you nominate or we will set you up with
Vic Super - the fund used by all government schools in Victoria.
Teacher Relief has always given 'Choice of Super' which is now Victorian
All CRTs are covered by work cover in the event of an injury at work.