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Dear Theo- how do I explain to Headteacher that I am applying for non-teaching positions?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by I_like_food, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. My contract terminates at the end of this academic year so he is well aware of me leaving.

    Due to the lack of teaching vacancies in this area and (for various reasons) my unwillingness to relocate, I am starting to apply for non-teaching positions. I was wondering if you could tell me the best way to inform my Head of this? I guess in some ways it is none of his business but he needs to know so that he can adapt my reference (which would obviously be slightly different for a teaching post).

    I am aware that the job market in general is not good, However I feel that I have made my mind up.

    If you have any advice as to how to broach the reference subject with my Head I would be very grateful
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Good answer already given for the Known As bit!
    I think that you just say to him what you have said to me here.
    Tell him how much you have enjoyed working in his school, and are grateful for the professional and personal devlopment you have gained from working alongside such super colleagues.
    Say you would have loved to continue in teaching, but because of your personal circumstances you cannot move where the jobs might be, and being therefore limited to the local area, you are being forced to apply, reluctantly, for non-teaching jobs.
    However, your skills acquired as a teacher are very transferable, and you will be very grateful when he writes a reference in your support.
    Good luck to you


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