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Dear Theo - qualifications and getting a job in independent senior school

Discussion in 'Independent' started by dogboy78, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo,
    I would be grateful for your view on what is likely to be required for a successful application to an independent school. My understanding is that it is not necessary to be formally qualified, however am unsure as to whether lack of QTS is a siginificant issue. I am a career changer having spent time as an army officer which has included teaching young adults for the last 3 years and have completed a PGCE (PCET) but have not completed QTS/QTLS - I am keen to move into teaching in the independent senior and sixth form sector within my original degree subject (BSc (Hons) gained 10 years ago).
    Is this type of background likely to be credible with HTs, or is there something more that I should work towards (given that I have a family and cannot afford to drop to a PGCE bursary or GTP salary for 12 months).
    Thanks.
     
  2. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    The lack of QTS will not be a barrier in the independent sector - indeed, the government passed legislation earlier this year to allow the state sector to employ staff who haven't got QTS.
    Former service personnel are highly regarded in many independent schools, not only as teachers in their own right, but also for any help they may be able to give with careers advice and possibly the CCF (mention both in any application).
    You mention that you have a science degree: in most independent schools, separate sciences are taught from an early age, so a specialist physicist or chemist is likely to be very welcome (so are biologists - but they are not so rare!).
    The science departments in larger indies are often very large, so it can often be beneficial to mention any particular enthusiasm (inorganic chemistry, human biology, etc).
    Just remember that the bulk of job vacancies in the independent sector are advertised in the spring term - and good luck!
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yes,welcome on board!
    Florian has made some very good points. I would add that you should also think of any possible other co-curricular (aka extra-curricular) activities that you could support. I am thinking of outdoor activities in particular - not all schools have a Cadet Corps.
    Look carefully at the website of a school that you are applying for, and see what they offer.
    Read the Welcome threads here on Independent and over on JobSeekers to get a real feel for both Indy schools and how to make an effective application.
    Best of luck - it's a great career.
    _____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice 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, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    New <u>Job Seminars</u> on Sunday 26 June.
    www.tesweekendworkshop29.eventbrite.com
    Probably more in the early autumn ready for the next lot of job ads to come out. Keep an eye out for the dates!

    A new <u>Moving into Headship and SLT</u> seminar is on 18 June.
    www.tesweekendworkshop29.eventbrite.com
    See the full programme www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars


    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.Look forward to seeing you!
     
  4. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Yes, I tend to forget that, having served in three schools in which there was a CCF band on top of all the dozens of other musical ensembles for the poor Director of Music to organise!
    Many schools that don't have a CCF (as well as some that do) run the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, where help is often sought for activities such as sailing, outward bound courses, yomping across the Brecon Beacons, and such like. Anything you can offer in such areas will add weight to you applications, as Theo says.
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    The last ex-services teacher I appointed (girls' school, definitely no CCF!) not only did DoE, also did World Challenge. Google it if the school doesn't already offer it, and see if you could suggest it.
    _____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice 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, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    New <u>Job Seminars</u> on Sunday 26 June.
    www.tesweekendworkshop29.eventbrite.com
    Probably more in the early autumn ready for the next lot of job ads to come out. Keep an eye out for the dates!

    A new <u>Moving into Headship and SLT</u> seminar is on 18 June.
    www.tesweekendworkshop29.eventbrite.com
    See the full programme www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars


    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.Look forward to seeing you!
     
  6. For alomosttwo years, I taught at Gower House School which is an Independent School in North London. It was great teaching there. But then I had to look for a better job, hence moved out of there.
     
  7. For alomost two years, I taught at Gower House School which is an Independent School in North London. It was great teaching there. But then I had to look for a better job, hence moved out of there.
     
  8. Thankyou all for advice above - it has certainly given me a little more confidence that I should apply for roles and some useful pointers for areas of my experience to emphasise.
     
  9. I've just got a first job for September and I'm also ex-military, with no teaching qualification, so it is possible. Good luck!
     

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