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Am I suitable?

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by Coventrymiss, May 2, 2011.

  1. Coventrymiss

    Coventrymiss New commenter

    I'd really welcome people's opinions on this as there's not anyone I can really discuss this with at school ...
    Been teaching 10 years, 5 years of which in departmental roles (2 yrs Deputy head of a dept. of 18 staff; 1 yr as Head of a single language and 2 yrs as Head of MFL) and worked in 4 very different schools during this time. I'm 36 and looking to move into an assistant head position. It didn't look as though the type of job I wanted would come up this year but now something has. The responsibility is in teaching and learning, which I'm studying for a Masters in. Its a bit late in the school year but I don't want to miss this opportunity.
    Having never applied for an assistant headship before, would I be a suitable candidate? I am concerned that my HoD role might be seen to be too short in length, also that of the 2 languages I teach, this school only offers one, with their other main language being German (which I have no knowledge of)
    My other question is about the interview process (assuming I'm shortlisted!) It states that this will take place over 2 days. What type of activities / interviews / lessons would I be expected to undertake?
    Thanks for any advice / feedback, especially if you've been through the process recently!

    CM
     
  2. Coventrymiss

    Coventrymiss New commenter

    I'd really welcome people's opinions on this as there's not anyone I can really discuss this with at school ...
    Been teaching 10 years, 5 years of which in departmental roles (2 yrs Deputy head of a dept. of 18 staff; 1 yr as Head of a single language and 2 yrs as Head of MFL) and worked in 4 very different schools during this time. I'm 36 and looking to move into an assistant head position. It didn't look as though the type of job I wanted would come up this year but now something has. The responsibility is in teaching and learning, which I'm studying for a Masters in. Its a bit late in the school year but I don't want to miss this opportunity.
    Having never applied for an assistant headship before, would I be a suitable candidate? I am concerned that my HoD role might be seen to be too short in length, also that of the 2 languages I teach, this school only offers one, with their other main language being German (which I have no knowledge of)
    My other question is about the interview process (assuming I'm shortlisted!) It states that this will take place over 2 days. What type of activities / interviews / lessons would I be expected to undertake?
    Thanks for any advice / feedback, especially if you've been through the process recently!

    CM
     
  3. I would say yes, you are definitely suitable. I had only been HOD of a small department for 3 years when I was promoted to AHT. It all depends on the impact you've had as a HOD rather than the time you've been doing it.

    As for the 2 days, they take a variety of forms. Normally you teach, have a couple of interviews and maybe an in-tray exercise on day 1. If you make it through to day 2, its normally a longer interview plus a presentation.

    I've also been asked to lead a round table discussion in the past and once asked to teach a PSHE lesson on gender equality, but I think that is quite rare.

    Good luck
     
  4. Coventrymiss

    Coventrymiss New commenter

    Thank you for that. Would you mind explaining what you mean by an in-tray exercise. Is this some kind of role-play?
     
  5. Sometimes you can be asked to do a role play. I was once - asked to discuss the difficulties a teacher was having with a year 9 after a disastrous observation. The drama teacher played the 'teacher.'
    The intray can be a set of incidents/ occurences which you have to rank order and discuss how you would manage or it can be an analysis of data with recommendations about what you find as a result.
    The thing is - you will never know unless you go for it! Good luck.

     
  6. weezadance1

    weezadance1 New commenter

    You sound very suitable for the role, and I hope you are successful.
    When I was interviewed for my AHT post my interview was 2 days, too. On one day we had to do some in-tray activities e.g. analyse some data, respond to a letter from a parent, prioritise a set of tasks etc. We were also divided into groups and had to lead and manage discussions selected at random whilst being observed doing so!
    On day 2 (after further short lisiting) we had formal interviews and "informal" interviews.
    We also had a pupil panel interview with School Council and gave a brief presentation to a group of governors on a topic sent to us a week or so before interview.
    The areas for which we needed to do a great deal of prep. were included when we received our letters for interview.
    Day 1 = 12 people were invited to and this was cut to 6 for Day 2.
    Hope that helps.
    Good luck
     

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