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Applying for a teaching post after taking a career break.

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by TheoGriff, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    You don't need to be told that the job situation is pretty dire for teachers. Fewer jobs being advertised, more unemployed teachers after those jobs, and redundancies in the pipeline in some schools.
    And the next bit of bad news is that you are not currently in a school. To stand a job of getting a job in a school, you need to be in a school. Catch 22 in a way.
    You don't say which subject, although the KS3 results suggest it's a major subject.
    Your best chance is to get school experience. Through supply (that will be hard), through voluntary work. Can you sign up to mark GCSE exams?
    Once you have yourself in a better position you can think about how to present this one blip of KS4. Is there not a value-added analysis which is more promising than the raw data, gfor example?
    The other possibility is that since you have 3 years away, you might not even have the data any more - it's not as though you were still in a school and can access it from there. In fact it is probably contrary to school policy for you to have retained data from the school once you have left.
    And although I don't usually say this, you may well be a very clear case for using our services below . . .
    Best wishes
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  2. Namstar

    Namstar New commenter

    Yes, in my haste I forgot to include my specialism. My specialist subject is Mathematics and I've been very fortunate to recieve some regular supply work from my previous school, who were initially suprised to hear about the current job market.
    I made a previous post at the start of September about how dry the supply teaching scene is at the moment and thank goodness for my old work place or else I'd be high and dry. So far i've done 2 months of supply teaching.
    You may hear this alot but I know i'm a good teacher but i'm frustrated at the position i've left myself in. Not only do I find myself accepting day to day supply which has very little to do with my specialist subject (but still has some value), I also feel i've reached some sort of progression ceiling with supply teaching and its made me sorely miss the permanent and respected role I initially had. The relationship building with staff and students can only go so far with my current role.
    As much as I appreciate the seminar advice you've given, I'm geniunely at the stage where I feel ready to jump back into a permanent role, which involves marking, planning and progress analysis. I've cancelled refresher courses and such because I was fortunate to teach all year groups for 3 weeks, which included preparation and marking.
    Whats been the biggest concern is the number of schools not short listing me through agencies when long term supply appointments become available. On paper, I'm simply not good enough.

    Unfortunately its turned into a bit of rant. In all honesty my initial expectations when I decided to return to teaching were very optimistic. For the moment, it certainly has not been the case.
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Oh yes, that is much more encouraging!
    You didn't say it is Maths, you didn't say that you are doing Supply, you didn't say that your former school is on your side.
    All this will give you a bigger chance. A much bigger chance.
    If you had been out of teaching completely, then things would have been a lot trickier
    So you need to improve your paperwork, then! Simple.
    If you have what they want (subject, teaching expertise, recent relevant experience) but are not getting shortlisted, it either means that they have enormous numbers of applicants with even better teaching expertise and recent experience, or that you are not presenting this effectively. That's usually pretty easy to sort.
    If you have attended one of the Job Application seminars, then putting this advice into your applications would obviously help you. You might well feel that you don't need the one-to-one with me to primp up your application even more. Do look back at the notes you took and all the handouts that we gave you, to remind you what to do.
    Other posters who haven't attended a seminar or a one-to-one: to get your application as good as possible, read the advice inside the Welcome thread. Lots of posters have found it gets results. It's free advice, and it works!
    Dear Theo: Executive summary works- I have an interview
    The benefit of an executive summary
    taking Theo's Advice
    Best wishes
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice
    service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and
    applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application
    review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones,
    and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at
    application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!

     

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