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Confused and unsure

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by NZdreamer, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. Hi all
    I am in my second term as an NQT and am loving every minute of the job. When I accepted the position I was on a temp contract until Christmas, but was told in interview I would know whether the job would be made permanent by the end of September.
    Well, my contract was extended until Easter, and then I was told a minimal advert may need to be put in the paper, but not to worry etc etc, everyone wanted me to stay so I shouldnt be concerned.
    Well now the advert has been in for a month, and loads of interest in it, so my head tells me he recommends I start looking elsewhere, as the competition is fierce, and there are previous heads, and advisory teachers looking round the school who I can't compete with. This has really knocked my confidence.
    There are no jobs locally, so I have been looking at schools an hour and a half away, with a view that I will have to uproot my family eventually to avoid long commutes. My husband was made redundant recently and it is only me with an income, so I feel really under pressure. But I also feel if I take the first job I am offered I may end up letting down the children in my class and their parents who want me to stay. But if I turn down a new job, there is no guarantee I will be given the position at my current school.
    I think I just feel a bit misled and let down after being told one thing and something else happening, not to mention worried I will end up jobless and how will we pay the bills etc. Also if my current job is given to someone else any tips on coping with disappointment and continuing to work in the class for the 6 weeks until the new teacher starts?
    Dreamer
     
  2. Hi all
    I am in my second term as an NQT and am loving every minute of the job. When I accepted the position I was on a temp contract until Christmas, but was told in interview I would know whether the job would be made permanent by the end of September.
    Well, my contract was extended until Easter, and then I was told a minimal advert may need to be put in the paper, but not to worry etc etc, everyone wanted me to stay so I shouldnt be concerned.
    Well now the advert has been in for a month, and loads of interest in it, so my head tells me he recommends I start looking elsewhere, as the competition is fierce, and there are previous heads, and advisory teachers looking round the school who I can't compete with. This has really knocked my confidence.
    There are no jobs locally, so I have been looking at schools an hour and a half away, with a view that I will have to uproot my family eventually to avoid long commutes. My husband was made redundant recently and it is only me with an income, so I feel really under pressure. But I also feel if I take the first job I am offered I may end up letting down the children in my class and their parents who want me to stay. But if I turn down a new job, there is no guarantee I will be given the position at my current school.
    I think I just feel a bit misled and let down after being told one thing and something else happening, not to mention worried I will end up jobless and how will we pay the bills etc. Also if my current job is given to someone else any tips on coping with disappointment and continuing to work in the class for the 6 weeks until the new teacher starts?
    Dreamer
     
  3. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    Forget letting the pupils down, its not a choice you are making willingly. You need to look after yourself. I think more jobs will be coming up after half term, just apply for everything, you don't have to take it.
    If they do appoint someone else then the 6 weeks will be hard. But remember you are doing it for the students and your own pride, not for anyone else. I knew I wasn't being kept on at the end of my last post it was hard, but when the pupils were begging me to stay it made it all worthwhile because I knew I had done my job to the best possible standard and that they appreciated it.
    xx
     
  4. Not the best way to treat an member of staff but on top of your husband's situation, this must be very stressful for you.
    I echo the advice that jobs will be coming up all the time from now on so don't fret about the lack of ones out there at the moment.
    Good luck. I hope that your next school treats you with a bit more respect.
     
  5. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    You have to go for the jobs. Do also make sure that all the formal paperwork for induction has been completed and you have copies of the assessments completed to date. This makes you more marketable if you only have a term to complete.
     

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