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Dear Theo... prospective applications

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by joey81, Jun 24, 2015.

  1. joey81

    joey81 New commenter

    I have read your information on prospective applications and it makes complete sense. I would like to ask advice about my specific situation.

    I currently work in a very nice school an hour away but have found a school I am very interested in working in much closer to home which also offers my specialist subject at A Level which is relatively unusual. I currently teach physics but would like to teach geology alongside. This would also be the school my children could attend in a few years, I want my daughter to attend the school I work at for various reasons. I currently have no connections there but have received good feedback.

    Can you offer any advice to someone who has their heart set on teaching at a particular school? No position is currently advertised and I am content where I am but would like to maximise my chances of getting a job there in the future!
  2. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I can't see what anyone can say that's different advice from that which we'd offer if the school had advertised a vacancy.
  3. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    You could write a speculative letter but it would likely end up in the bin. Schools either have vacancies or not - if you can offer Geology A-Level (and the only other school I've known that offered that is the one I went to!) then just hang on and hope a vacancy pops up. But you are happy where you are - so enjoy it!
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    As MM says, there is no way that you can set yourself up for a job in a particular school . . . except possibly by poring over their website and then ensuring that you do the DoE or Physics Olympiad or whatever you think would stand you in good stead if a post ever came up.

    Don't think about writing:

    Writing speculative letters and sending CVs to schools, just in case . . .

    Do make sure you get to see any adverts; check out where they normally advertise - on their website? On the Local Authority website? In TES?

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    Best wishes


    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, where she answers jobseeking and careers queries regularly each week.

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