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Dear James, to join a pool or not?

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by brown85, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Dear James, to join a pool or not?
    Hi, I am currently studying my PGCE at the University of
    Worcester to become a Primary school teacher. I am happy to move for a job
    (prefer not to move to London) and am happy to work in either KS1 or 2. The
    university has advised us to start looking for jobs and have mentioned pools,
    originally I was not going to apply for any pools because of not having a
    specific area I wished to work. However I am starting to question this as I have
    been told a lot of Primary schools recruit through pools. </font>
    Do you have any advice as to whether I should apply to pools
    and if so how many can I apply to? And how to a chose which ones to apply to?</font>


     
  2. Dear James, to join a pool or not?
    Hi, I am currently studying my PGCE at the University of
    Worcester to become a Primary school teacher. I am happy to move for a job
    (prefer not to move to London) and am happy to work in either KS1 or 2. The
    university has advised us to start looking for jobs and have mentioned pools,
    originally I was not going to apply for any pools because of not having a
    specific area I wished to work. However I am starting to question this as I have
    been told a lot of Primary schools recruit through pools. </font>
    Do you have any advice as to whether I should apply to pools
    and if so how many can I apply to? And how to a chose which ones to apply to?</font>


     
  3. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    Different counties recruit through different methods. Some LEAs have a pool system; other LEAs require you to apply individually to schools with vacancies. So it all depends where you want to work... you say you don't have a specific area in mind, but the reality of applying for jobs in schools is that you will need to choose some areas and look for vacancies there, by whatever method each LEA uses. I had to do this, as I was open to moving for work; I applied to one pool and individual schools in four LEAs.(Most LEAs near me didn't have pools.)
    The pool system was the easiest, as I only had to make one application and attend one interview, with the potential for a number of schools offering me a job should I have succeeded at interview. However, the downside of the pool system is that you are sent to a school to teach a sample lesson, and it might be quite a different setting from where you'd ideally work, yet their feedback will be very influential in whether you are successful or not. Applying to schools individually is hard work, but at least when you go for interview you know (or at least think you know!) it's a place where your face would fit.
    There's no limit on how many pools you can apply to, just as there's no limit on how many schools you can apply to. It takes a lot of time to complete the application form (different for each LEA) and cover letter (different for each school/pool - make it as specific and relevant to each one as possible) so you are somewhat limited by time, though!
     
  4. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    You will need to research the recruitment processes used by schools in the areas of the country you are considering. Generally where there are pools they are the main source of opportunities and one bif advantage is that you are in competition just with NQTs for induction posts not with experienced teachers. Pools are a means to an end and are obviously an enormous saving on application and advertising time and expense for schools and candidates. They are often used to shortlist candidates for the next stage which is school selection.
     

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