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4th year of looking for primary NQT post... Help!

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by oldestNQT, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. oldestNQT

    oldestNQT New commenter

    Dear all,

    I am now beginning my fourth year of primary supply teaching. Unsurprisingly, I’m desperate for a school to employ me for my induction year.

    I am 42, male, I gained QTS through an undergraduate Primary Education degree, I live near Birmingham.

    Last year, I spent two terms as supply in a three form entry school (without any time off – except for interviews, of which the school was supportive). While at the school, I delivered daily cover and group work every day, eventually covering every single class (R -Y6). The staff I worked with considered me an excellent teacher and an asset to the school but, to no avail, no job and no NQT terms ticked off.

    My interview feedback is often: it was between you and the candidate we chose; my last interview feedback was, ‘flawless lesson, flawless interview, but we chose someone with a little more experience.’ That last interview lesson was at a different school but, I had also regularly taught supply there. They knew me and I knew them.

    I intend to continue to apply for any jobs within 15 miles radius, as I always have done.

    But, I’m aware I need to change something?

    … but what? Am I just too old to be employable? Do need to move area?

    Any advice gratefully received.
  2. catbefriender

    catbefriender Lead commenter

    All I can say is that despite all the hype re teacher shortages there are still too many qualified teachers for too few posts and loads of unqualified teachers are getting posts because HTs want to save money.

    Have you thought of working on one of your passions e.g. French, Art, Sport and offering to run an after school and lunchtime club in these? Or have you thought of getting into SEN schools, were having a primary specialism could help you working with KS3/4 children working below the expected standard?

    You have 4 years experience and that counts. You have to start thinking out of the box and hoping the ideal teaching scenario finds you soon. You can continue to pursue what you have been, but you should also consider other avenues and as you have 26 years before retirement, you are still relatively young.

    Best wishes

    oldestNQT and agathamorse like this.
  3. phatsals

    phatsals Senior commenter

    No, you aren't too old to be employable, but I think you need more of a plan. If you are working via an agency/cies insist on only long term work, minimum 1 term, and that each term be used towards your nqt induction year. There is also nothing to stop you contacting schools yourself, tell them the truth. Yes, you want a permanent post but many, particularly in primary, are long term cover, ie mat leave. I find it appalling that a school would use you for two whole terms and not help you complete any of your NQT year. Very selfish of them.

    Don't accept daily long term cover, by that I mean being used as ppa/ class cover. It's not helping you develop your skills as a class teacher, email all your local schools offering your availability. You could find your way into some very nice schools, but make it clear that you are looking to complete induction, even if it's a term at a time.

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