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Dear Theo, Re:Primary Deputy Head Application

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by boogle2604, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. I am currently applying for a Deputy Head post in a different primary school after being in my current primary school for 10 years. I am rather 'rusty' when it comes to application forms and letters! (and interviews when I think about it!)
    Having read your comments about executive summaries and supporting letters, I was pleased that I had already started both. However, I am unsure on the headings to use for my summary; I am presently trying to use the headings on the Personnel Specification for the job, but they are numerous (it fills 2 sides of A4) and overlap considerably. What would you suggest I should choose for my summary headings? Can I just select them myself considering all the school's specifications? In addition, I am finding it difficult to be specific about certain aspects of the specification, e.g. "evidence of possessing an up-to date knowledge of the curriculm and developments across the school". I have - but how do I show evidence of this?
    A little advice and support would be very much appreciated!
    Many thanks
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    You need to:
    • prioritise
    • group
    • summarise
    • omit
    So, don't put on anything that is on the application form (qualifications, etc). See what is really really important for them - and in the case of something that is going to be assessed through the reference, or the interview, don't include it. UNLESS it is v important - e.g. Outstanding teacher and there you can honestly say something like: Lesson observations graded by Head as Outstanding.
    You certainly need to summarise - if you look at the example I give in the Shortlisting clickable, it wasn't like that on their spec, I have cut it down. And sometimes you can group several points together.
    As for your example, your evidence could be something along the lines of: Successful experience as KS2 co-ordinator, and support KS1 co-ordinator as appropriate.
    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    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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