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Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by pangar, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. I spoke to someone at an agency in Loughton today. They reminded me about a strange ad hoc interview for a fixed term post at a foundation school in East London. As I recall, the 'interview' consisted of one rambling chat with the HOD in an open area followed by another rambling Q&A with a member of the SLT on some soft seats in his office. When I never received a phone call back from them, I rang the school directly and informed them, as a fully trained interviewer, that their behaviour was unprofessional and that some of the questioning bordered on the discriminatory.
    I've never heard back from that agency so I tried to email them today to follow up some applications I made for mentoring posts. The email bounced back to me so I rang them hence the conversation mentioned above. I assured the agency bod that I would raise the matter with my union tomorrow. Whether they will take note of it or not is anyone's guess but I will be damned if I go softly into that good night.
    Has anyone else had an offer from one of the new independent school springing up like mushrooms? Well, I was encouraged to apply formally for a mentoring post yet it seems they favour registered teachers, with a view to dressing syllabi, admisions criteria, policy documents...etc. Surely this is beyond the bounds of legality even for Britain?
  2. As far as I know, in the UK if you are applying for a contracted position, the school must follow rigerous recruitement procedure, Which they then ignore when it suits them.
    If it is not a contracted position then they do what they like.
    Most guidelines in the UK are guidelines, which looks good but are easily ignored.

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