Specialists are Gregory and Lisa McCarthy. We are both self-employed
workers, responsible for our own tax and National Insurance payments
to HMRC. Upon booking our service you undertake a contract
for services with us.
You agree that both you and your employer recognise our employment
and tax status and will abide by our T & C's. You also agree to
pay our fees in full and without deductions by cash, cheque or BACS
transfer to our account in our own names of Mr G. and/or Mrs L.
Quoted costs are for the service itself, delivered according to our
own T & C's. The service is typically delivered by one
Specialist unless agreed otherwise. The standard single daily rate
quoted typically covers delivery by one Specialist (either Lisa or
Gregory) between the hours of a standard school day – 9am-3.00pm.
For local bookings where both Specialists are required to present,
you agree to pay the special “double” rate quoted. This
typically covers delivery by one Specialist (either Lisa or Gregory)
between the hours of a standard school day – 9am-3.00pm and for the
second Specialist to attend and deliver sessions after the
introduction and up until the conclusion of the day. In the
extremely rare case of late arrival due to traffic issues, bookings
will still go ahead and will still be chargeable at the full daily
self employed workers we have the right to sub-contract. However, we
do not use anyone else so you should not expect anyone other than one
of us to deliver for you. That said, we work interchangeably, so if
you have booked Gregory to deliver a Tudor Day as King Henry VIII, it
may be that (in the case of illness) Lisa actually visits you as
Catherine Parr. Alternatively, upon expecting Lisa as Cleopatra you
may find that Gregory covers as an Egyptian Scribe. We can both
deliver all of our visits to an exceptional standard and this method
of covering in the rare case of illness is usually preferable to
cancellation for most teachers. In the case of the above-mentioned
“double” bookings, we reserve the right to deliver the sessions
single-handed if needs be at our standard single daily rate - eg. in
the case of unexpected illness. In such cases, we will try to give
as much notice as possible and endeavour to fulfil the booking. Upon
booking, you recognise that it is not always possible for us to
re-schedule in the case of a missed booking due to illness.
Final confirmation of a booking creates a contract for services in a
client-contractor relationship with everything that implies.
Be assured, visits almost always go ahead smoothly. However, in extreme circumstances, a booking can be cancelled by
either party without defaulting or breaching contract. These include
but are not limited to: illness; caring for our own children in the
case of their illness; extreme weather conditions and hazardous or
insurmountable travel issues. Visits can be cancelled by the school in such
circumstances up to the day before without defaulting
or incurring charges. Therefore, if your school is struck by the
Norovirus and cannot open for instance, you have the right to cancel
the service without defaulting. If your school remains open you
agree that planned visits should go ahead unless agreed otherwise.
In the case of extreme weather eg. snow, causing school closure, you
agree to inform The Specialists of any impact on visits on the day
before the planned visit. We will also generally undertake to inform you of
any illness the day before a planned visit but cannot always forecast our own or our children's illness as they can fall ill very quickly. So, whilst cancellation by the Specialists can (very rarely) occur for
this reason on the day of the booking, cancellation by the school on the day of the booking for any reason will incur the full cost.
typical school visits we can cater for large numbers, eg. up to 90 and
suggest children are grouped for sessions into typical class sizes of
around thirty pupils. The structure of our visits usually accommodates all
children at the start and end of the day as one whole group. If you
have a particularly large group of children that we need to cater for
then the service can be adapted. Please call/email to discuss this.
school bookings, invoicing is usually dealt with after the event.
The invoice is usually sent out shortly after the booking and is
payable not later than four weeks after the invoice date. Advance
payments (if made) are non-refundable but we will always attempt to
accommodate date changes if necessary.
7. Whilst still photography is encouraged, we cannot allow any forms of video recording during our sessions unless this is agreed upon in advance with ourselves. Please appreciate the research and development which has gone in to the presentations. Videoing of children marching, for instance, will always be allowed but please do not use Ipads to film chunks of our delivery.
have basic DBS checks (as we are self-employed and this is the highest level of check available to us) and public liability insurance of up
to £10 million each - PLI is usually emailed to clients as standard.
If not, details are of course available on request.
Travel expenses are charged 55p a mile, calculated as a return
journey from our base at CV13 0DZ to your chosen venue. Any further
costs encountered in travel to your chosen location (eg. motorway
tolls) will also be chargeable. Double bookings usually require two cars and thus double the relevant mileage.
ask that you keep to agreed schedules as far as possible as we may
have other commitments scheduled in. For bookings with home
schoolers, you are politely requested not to provide food or drink
during workshops and wherever possible to encourage the children to
focus on The Specialists.
Our address for correspondence is 14 Newbold Road, Barlestone, Warwickshire. CV13 0DZ
want everybody to enjoy their time with The Specialists. However
children’s safety is paramount to us. All our activities are fully
risk assessed and we will never knowingly initiate activities that
will put anybody in danger. We also create an environment where
children can interact and engage in activities in a safe way building
their confidence and self esteem.
The Qualified Teacher (class or supply teacher, or parents, in the
case of home schoolers) agrees to remain in the room with their
class, unless agreed otherwise in advance of the booking. Whilst
some teachers may choose to use the visit for assessment purposes,
you are politely requested not to use our sessions to mark work.
Additional adults are most welcome to sit in on the presentation, but
please adhere to the minimum legal requirement. For our safety we
ask that we are not in a position where we are left with children –
thank you for your cooperation with this.
14. The school agrees to provide appropriate parking for the Specialist(s) to park as close to the most convenient entrance as possible. This is in order to transport a range of heavy resources in and out of school throughout the day to enable the delivery of the service. We are especially grateful where teachers take it upon themselves to reserve parking spots by use of cones etc.
15. For schools where it is the local authority’s (or school’s)
policy to charge for parking on site, you agree to the following: any
parking charges applicable to The Specialists will be divulged in
advance. These fees will also be charged back to the school as an
extra charge on our invoice and that our charge will be at a higher
rate than that charged by the school. This is because, as self
employed workers, extra charges on our invoices will be counted by
HMRC as earnings, so to recoup our losses after tax, we will have to
increase the original fee: eg. in the case of a £2.00 parking fee in
school, our charge will be £3.00
In the instance that parking charges are not divulged in advance and/or where schools refuse to provide appropriate parking to allow the visit to be manageable, the booking may have to be abandoned and will still be chargeable.
You may have heard of the so-called “Cookie Law.” Recent changes
in European law necessitate The Specialists website to update our
on our website. It is nothing sinister and we do not use any
information gleaned to aggressively market to schools or anyone else.
We don’t need to as we are busy enough!
we are a small business so we use the tracking solely to analyze and
improve the effectiveness of our website and we want to abide by all
not attempt to personally identify website users.
not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any
information about your visit to the website other than to analyze and
tracking of your use of our website you can turn off the use of
cookies on your computer at anytime by changing your specific browser
settings. Standard use of our website without altering settings
assumes consent to the above-mentioned anonymous tracking.
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Lastly, we want you and the children in your care to have as much fun
as we will do working for you. If you have any concerns, please call