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Considering moving to Leicestershire

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by samjball, Feb 21, 2016.


Should I....

  1. Go for the permanent position where I am

    1 vote(s)
  2. Move to Leicester

    0 vote(s)
  1. samjball

    samjball New commenter

    Hi, I'm new to the TES community forum but thought it would be the ideal place to get some advice. I'm considering moving from Liverpool to Leciester but so far have found it extremely hard to gain a permanent position as a Dance/Performing Arts teacher. I am about to complete my NQT year (which has taken me 3 years of part time/temp positions) the school I am currently at is about to advertise for a full time Performing Arts teacher (what i am currently doing on a temp basis) but I'm now considering the move. On one hand I'd be silly to pass up this opportunity as there is a high possibility that I will for the permanent position (finally) but there's the move to Leicester... I could go on supply and hope that a permanent position comes up in Leicester... Any advice?
  2. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Is there a reason why you need to move now? It would be a shame to pass up on the chance of a permanent position in your current school if you are happy there - unless the move is for a particular reason of course.
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  3. samjball

    samjball New commenter

    Thanks for your reply :)

    Me and my partner are in a long distance relationship. Me in Liverpool and him in Leicester. We are weighing up all our options at the moment. Another aspect is that I'm not totally happy in my current job. As a dance specialist, teaching dance only takes up 4 lessons of my weekly time table. The majority of my time table is taken up with teaching ks3 music (which to be honest... I'm not great at). I know dance teacher jobs aren't easy to come by though.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Yes, you are right about the difficulty in getting a job in Dance. I would add the other performing arts to that . . .

    It could be the difference between Employed in Liverpool and Unemployed in Leicestershire, of course.

    Best wishes

  5. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    I think Theo has said it all really. Can you afford to make the move without getting a job? Supply is not a reliable income.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do. :)
  6. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I would (1) Take the permanent job (if offered!) in Liverpool and then (2) wait for permanent jobs to be advertised in Leicester.
  7. davidmu

    davidmu Occasional commenter

    Very few schools are likely to advertise for Dance only. In my long experience in large comprehensive schools, Dance was seen as a minor part of PE. You might wait a very long time for a position in Leicestershire to come up.
  8. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    This is the sort of question that only you can answer. Reading it though a few thoughts

    1) You teach a niche subject. Realistically any dance job you get is going to have a fair proportion of other subjects. I think you have to be realistic in weighing up the merits of your current position here...

    2) I would apply for the job in Liverpool. I say this because you have seen first hand how hard it is to get a position. I don't think moving to Leicestershire ( lets assume Leicester) is going to open more doors than being in Liverpool either.

    3) As someone who is an exiled Merseysider in the midlands, I would prefer to live in Liverpool than Leicester ;)

    4) Just out of interest, why is it not an option for the other half to move to Liverpool? It is a growing city with good transport links to much of the North West? Why is it you moving for him? (I assume) After all I also guess that your work options are less than your partner's as a dance teacher..

    Like @Middlemarch suggests I would be looking at the job in Liverpool if it were available. If you want to make a career of teaching i really think you will have to.
  9. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    If you haven't seen many Dance jobs advertised in Leicestershire why do you think they will appear if you move there?

    You're realistically choosing between your career and your partner - we can't tell you which is more important to you but don't make a decision under the illusion that it is a different choice.

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