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So your notice is not measured in terms as other school staff may have in their contracts?
Hi there, sorry i was offline by the time you had replied. You are entitled to propose a longer notice period to the employer but they are not required to accept that. So if they do not accept it, it means you would still only be bound by your contractual notice period. The key is not to actually hand in your notice to them early but to approach them and raise the possibility of you leaving under a longer notice period. If they agree to it then you should get something in writing which confirms that and states what your termination date would be. You would then be allowed to continue working until that date, effectively working a longer notice period.
If they reject your suggestion then as you have not actually submitted your notice period yet nothing should change for you and you would continue working as normal. You then decide when to submit your notice period to time it with your preferred departure date.
They cannot just terminate your employment because you had proposed a longer notice period as that would amount to a dismissal which would likely be an unfair one in the circumstances.
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