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Dear Theo...NQT application help

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by SM_BSc, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Hi Theo,

    I am currently on a PGCE and I have been looking for jobs. However, out of the 4 I applied for I have had 1 interview. I wasn't shortlisted past the lesson stage. I have had a mock panel interview with the head of that school and performed well.
    As I am specialised in Biology, it seems some schools want Chem/Physics even though the job is advertised as Teacher of Science.
    I have obtained v.high marks on my Masters assignments and would be applying for the Masters, but that needs to be done alongside working in a school.
    Not sure where I am going wrong as my application has been looked at by the head of my school plus the deputy head and they didn't see any problems with it.
     
  2. Hi Theo,

    I am currently on a PGCE and I have been looking for jobs. However, out of the 4 I applied for I have had 1 interview. I wasn't shortlisted past the lesson stage. I have had a mock panel interview with the head of that school and performed well.
    As I am specialised in Biology, it seems some schools want Chem/Physics even though the job is advertised as Teacher of Science.
    I have obtained v.high marks on my Masters assignments and would be applying for the Masters, but that needs to be done alongside working in a school.
    Not sure where I am going wrong as my application has been looked at by the head of my school plus the deputy head and they didn't see any problems with it.
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Point 1: The problem is partly the competition that there is for jobs, as well as Biology being less prized than Physics and Chemistry.
    But surely you can teach those two to GCSE? Or at least at KS3? If so, you need to say that out loud, right at the beginning of the letter: As well as teaching Biology up to and including A-level, I am competent to teach both Physics and Chemistry to KS3, and also Chemistry GCSE.
    Point 2 - only 4 jobs isn't much. And getting 1 interview from 4 is pretty good going. So start more applications!
    Point 3: for doing an observed lesson, I recommend that people buy this book. N.B. I get no kick-back from them, honest!
    It is a nice easy read, and tells you how to prepare and give a lesson under observation:
    Available from Amazon:
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    Point 4 read this: * * * * * Teaching a lesson at interview * * * * *
    Point 5 Read this:
    Safeguarding and Child Protection - the questions, NOT the answers.
    Point 6 read this:
    Dear Theo: Cover Letter.. I think that the advice that you are getting is probably very good, but there is perhaps a bit more that you could do.
    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The next seminar Win That Teaching Job is Saturday 24th March. www.tesweekendworkshop95.eventbrite.com
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
     

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