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Dear Theo, advice for a non-specialist applying for English positions?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by lajenkins, May 1, 2012.

  1. Dear Theo,
    I am relocating to the Midlands because of my partner's job, so find myself applying for jobs. I qualified in 2010 as an RE teacher, but began at a middle school ( 9 to 13 ) as a supply teacher, teaching English to Year 7 and Year 8, only to find myself still there, now.
    I really enjoy teaching English, and I have worked hard to develop my subject knowledge and understanding. I am applying to English jobs, so far I have applied to 7. I have had one interview, in which I was told I was a very strong 'whisker away' 2nd candidate.
    Other than that - nothing.
    How can I let schools know that, although I haven't taught KS4...although I'm not an English subject specialist...I am a good English teacher!
    Thanks!
     
  2. Dear Theo,
    I am relocating to the Midlands because of my partner's job, so find myself applying for jobs. I qualified in 2010 as an RE teacher, but began at a middle school ( 9 to 13 ) as a supply teacher, teaching English to Year 7 and Year 8, only to find myself still there, now.
    I really enjoy teaching English, and I have worked hard to develop my subject knowledge and understanding. I am applying to English jobs, so far I have applied to 7. I have had one interview, in which I was told I was a very strong 'whisker away' 2nd candidate.
    Other than that - nothing.
    How can I let schools know that, although I haven't taught KS4...although I'm not an English subject specialist...I am a good English teacher!
    Thanks!
     
  3. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    Hi
    Hmm, if I'm completely honest you might struggle a little bit. I hate to say it but one of the first things I look for is either a good English degree or experience teaching English across the age and ability range immediately.
    Would you consider applying for temporary positions? I think you'd probably be in a strong position for them. I would really emphasise my subject knowledge, experience with contributing and developing resources (if you get an interview, take a scheme of work with you?)
    It is difficult x
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    No schools - or very very few - are going to be able to timetable you for just Yrs 7 and 8. And your lack of not only a specialist degree but above all of experience in YRS 10 - 13 will just rule you out. I'm sorry to be so negative, but that is how I would see it.

    One way of getting experience would be to do GCSE exam marking. Try contacting the 3 exam boards - they call themselves something else nowafays.

    Best wishes

    Posted from my Galaxy Tab
     

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