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Dear James: Desperately need some advice....please

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by pange0475, May 5, 2011.

  1. <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td class="post">Hi
    I gained QTS in July 2008, and have still to complete any of my induction. I have had a permanent job, for the past 7 years, linked to education, of 20 hours per week. (Posts currently covering are PA to boss, Exams Officer, Outdoor Learning Coordinator). I have also managed to keep my CPD up to date.
    Since qualifying, I have worked in my permanent post and done day to day supply and 1:1 tuition to make up my hours/money. I have used up my 16 month short term supply limit, in addition to my one year extension, which expired in February 2011.
    I haven't taught since July 2010, as in August 2010, I was offered 22 hours working in a school office, as an admin assistant, picking up some of the Business Manager's work, also. I needed some money and thought this would give me some great experience, which it has! I have now been told that my contract at this school will come to an end on 31st May 2011, so I am back to working just 20 hours a week in my permanent job. However, as you can see, short term supply is no longer an option.
    I would still love to teach and complete my induction, but am concerned that I haven't taught since last year, and how this will look to any school I apply to. I have already joined a couple of agencies and am currently applying for jobs that are advertised. However, as I am not currently teaching, I don't feel very confident about getting to the interview stage. Since qualifying, I have completed over 60 applications and had 8 interviews, all unsucessful.
    Here is what I am thinking. Any advice on which route to take would be really appreciated.
    <ol>[*]For May and June, try and get work as a TA through the agency. Is this even possible and would it be a bad idea in the long term? Have no idea about what I will do for money in the Summer![*]Ask the school I am in (for the office work) if I can volunteer one day, to get back in the classroom. (or any other school for that matter!)[*]Ask the agency to try and find me long term supply for September, so I can start my induction. Very nervous about this, as it means I would have to give up my permanent job of 20 hours, unless the supply post was part time. Would probably consider full time if they offered me 2 terms work. [*]Look for some completely different work and give up on teaching! I know I am not the only one who hasn't started their induction - it just feels like it! Feeling very disheartened about life at the moment - I'm 36 and still feel like my life has yet to start!</ol>I am tired of the uncertainty of where my life is going and tired of working in so many different jobs and would love to focus all my efforts on teaching - if only I was lucky enough!
    Thanks in advance for any advice.

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