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Dear Theo....didn't get the job!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by japonica892, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. japonica892

    japonica892 New commenter

    Hi Theo
    Well got shortlisted for a fab job at an indy school and thought everything went really well. Lost out due to lack of A level experience (it was an HOD job which I already am but this was better!) I have taught in an 11-16 school since qualifying and this is always my problem when wanting to move on. How can I get A level experience? Do I just have to become a teacher in a school that offers it for the experience. Can I be an examiner without actually teaching it.....I feel trapped!
    On the plus side I had fantastic feedback from the interview and that was the only thing that let me down...the successful candidate was an A level examiner.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    In the Olden Days you could teach in evenings at your local tech - but they do very little of that now.
    Dunno - ask and see. Ask all 3 boards.
    But, they DID shortlist you, knowing that you don't have this experience, so it wasn't entirely impossible in their view to appoint you without this experience.
    Hmn. Not sure that a backwards move would be very good for you . . .
    Have you thought of doing AS with a few bright sparks in your current school? As an extra-curricular activity even? Or asking your Head if you could be seconded for half a day a week to the local Sixth Form College - subject to their agreement, of course - to teach a bit?
    Try the examinaing route first, though. And good news about that very positive feedback!
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    I shall be doing the Moving into Headship or SLT seminar on Saturday 17th March
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Oh, disappointing for you. But you had a good experience, super feedback and you know how to improve for the next one.


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