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Dear Theo, Moving After Only One Year?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by KnitandStitch, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. KnitandStitch

    KnitandStitch New commenter

    Dear Theo,
    I am currently in my first 'proper' year of
    teaching, after my NQT year. For a variety of different reasons I do not
    feel like I am coping very well and I am not happy in my position.
    Therefore, I am considering applying for jobs elsewhere. However, this
    is my first year at a new school and I worry that having worked in two
    different schools in two years will discourage most prospective schools
    from even considering my application. Is this true?
    In addition
    my new school is new itself, it is currently in its second year of
    operation, with Years 7 and 8 only. My department is still very small at
    the moment, just me and the HOD, although we will be recruiting another
    member of staff next year. As everything is still in the difficult
    setting up phase I worry that the school may resent my decision to leave
    and not give me a very good reference as a result of this, making it
    difficult to secure a job elsewhere. Is this likely?
    I feel as
    though I have to stay at my school for at least one more year, which I
    am not sure if I can handle, or alternatively face a real struggle to
    find a new position, which ultimately may not be any more suitable for
    me.
    Any advice or information (from anyone) would be greatly
    appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read my plea and thank you
    in advance for your help.
     
  2. KnitandStitch

    KnitandStitch New commenter

    Dear Theo,
    I am currently in my first 'proper' year of
    teaching, after my NQT year. For a variety of different reasons I do not
    feel like I am coping very well and I am not happy in my position.
    Therefore, I am considering applying for jobs elsewhere. However, this
    is my first year at a new school and I worry that having worked in two
    different schools in two years will discourage most prospective schools
    from even considering my application. Is this true?
    In addition
    my new school is new itself, it is currently in its second year of
    operation, with Years 7 and 8 only. My department is still very small at
    the moment, just me and the HOD, although we will be recruiting another
    member of staff next year. As everything is still in the difficult
    setting up phase I worry that the school may resent my decision to leave
    and not give me a very good reference as a result of this, making it
    difficult to secure a job elsewhere. Is this likely?
    I feel as
    though I have to stay at my school for at least one more year, which I
    am not sure if I can handle, or alternatively face a real struggle to
    find a new position, which ultimately may not be any more suitable for
    me.
    Any advice or information (from anyone) would be greatly
    appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read my plea and thank you
    in advance for your help.
     
  3. I'd only been in my post for two terms and had a very bland and sometimes openly negative reference from a mean Head - they both spoke for themselves and had no problem securing another post. X
     
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Well firstly you are adjusting to quite a lot of factors.
    Having passed your NQT you're having to learn to 'fly solo' . Then there's the factor of the school itself being new and trying to grow into itself and the isolation factor of being a small school and small department. Presumably as the school grows there'll be new curriculum demands, exam boards etc to get used to and you probably feel it's just one huge struggle.
    I, personally, advise you to stick with it if at all possible. It's a fantastic opportunity to be in at the start of a new school and will certainly give you valuable skills for when you do move on. The'feeling' you're not coping may be just that, a feeling not based in reality. has you HoD said anything? If so what are they going to do about it?
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I agree with Lara's points.
    I would add that you have limited experience - only the lower years - and are thus less attractive to another school until you have done some more.
    However if you feel that you MUST move, then I would suggest that you also move area. Transferring to a different part of the country can be a valid reason for moving. No-one wants someone whose only rewason for applying to their school is to escape from their current one, I'm afraid.
    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
     

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