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Dear Theo: Private School Job

Discussion in 'Independent' started by marmot.morveux, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. marmot.morveux

    marmot.morveux New commenter

    Hello,
    I'm a head of department (new this year ) in my 4th year of teaching, but have seen a really good teacher's position at a private school in the locality. My question is, how will it look to the private school if I apply for the job? I know when I went for teachers' jobs last year, the question was often why aren't you going for 2nd in dept? Is it different the fact that I would be changing sector? Chances are the salary at this new school will be significantly better than what I'm earning now. However, if I stay, there is a lot that I would like to change in the dept to improve things. Any advice or am I mad contemplating a move? [​IMG]
    Many thanks,
    MM
     
  2. PaulDG

    PaulDG Occasional commenter

    The same as it would look if you were to apply for a MPS role in a state school. (What would you think as head of dept if an applicant for a teaching job in your department was a head of dept in another school?)
    Do you know that to be the case? What makes you think the pay for teachers in the independent sector is better than that for the state sector? What makes you think it's so much better, it's better than a head of dept gets in the state?
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    You will need to explain why you are moving backwards. The suspicion may be that you cannot hack the responsibility or the life in your school, and are looking for an easier life. Or are doing it for your own convenience.
    Why are you doing it? Why are you moving down? Is your reason a good enough one for the school receiving your application?
    A school is interested in its advantage, not yours, I'm afraid!
    Best wishes
    ______________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Moving onto Leadship seminar is Sunday 15th May.
    http://tesweekendworkshop24.eventbrite.com/
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  4. marmot.morveux

    marmot.morveux New commenter

    Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    So stick where you are, get say 2 years under your belt, and some actual successes to quote in an application, then go for a new post.
    Best wishes
    _____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    By popular demand! In response to Tessers e-mailing in: another Job Seminar now on Saturday 14th May:
    www.tesweekendworkshop25.eventbrite.com
    The next Moving onto Leadship seminar is Sunday 15th May.
    http://tesweekendworkshop24.eventbrite.com/
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     

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