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Dear Theo.....rejection letter with regard to GCSE results?!!!!!!! HELP

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by abiwatson88, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. I applied for a school and sent (what I thought) a very inspiring covering letter. However they sent me a letter saying that unfortunatly I was not shortlisted. I did not meet all the essential requirements to move me forward to the formal interview stage.
    I quote they said "for future reference we needed you to show that you had Grade A or B in GCSE maths and English. I got a Eng Lit B Eng Lang C and Maths C. However I did well in my BTEC and got a 2:1 in my BEd degree and passed the QTS tests 1st time.
    I am so cross about it! Is GCSE results that important, I thought my degree and teaching experiences this year would be looked at before GCSE levels. My god!
    What is your advice? Shall I email them and ask for more feedback etc?

    Thanks Abi

     
  2. I applied for a school and sent (what I thought) a very inspiring covering letter. However they sent me a letter saying that unfortunatly I was not shortlisted. I did not meet all the essential requirements to move me forward to the formal interview stage.
    I quote they said "for future reference we needed you to show that you had Grade A or B in GCSE maths and English. I got a Eng Lit B Eng Lang C and Maths C. However I did well in my BTEC and got a 2:1 in my BEd degree and passed the QTS tests 1st time.
    I am so cross about it! Is GCSE results that important, I thought my degree and teaching experiences this year would be looked at before GCSE levels. My god!
    What is your advice? Shall I email them and ask for more feedback etc?

    Thanks Abi

     
  3. They obviously had a cut off in mind, perhaps with a high number of applications they can afford to be, but strikes me they could be missing out on a high calibre of candidates. If it is any consolation I wouldn't have got an interview as I only got a GCE Grade C and a CSE Grade 1 in English as I was not placed in the top set, despite having a grade A at A-level and and a 2:1 English Lit degree (both of which were achived as a mature student) and being ranked as an outstanding trainee and gaining three 'good' gradings in OFSTED and LA inspections during my NQT year.
    I know it is frustrating for you when you have out so much effort but perhaps if they are going to be that pedantic rather than looking at a candidate more holistically and looking at more recent and relevant qualifications and training then perhaps it isn't the right place for you anyway. Who knows, maybe they had an internal candidate and have made the criteria fit them so they can appoint who they want - it isn't unheard of.
    As an aside, did it detail an A or B at GSCE English and Maths in the person spec? If not it seems very harsh to reject someone on these grounds.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I doubt if it's worth asking for more feedback. If they decided that they wanted good GCSEs, then that's that, what else is there to say?
    Don't agree here, Bobby.
    If they have many more applicants than they can interview, then they have to select. If everyone met their person spec as set out, they then have to introduce other criteria. Imagine 250 applicants, 200 of whom met all 18 points on the person spec - you couldn't interview them all!
    While very disappointing, when it comes down to it, it's a competition. It's a beauty contest. Ir's a cattle market.
    Unless they use illegal discriminators,they can select their criteria as they wish. And selecting on such clear-cut grounds as academic performance is a lot better than some nebulous We didn't like your second paragraph.
    Now start preparing the next application!
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    Job Application Seminar Workshops. We look at application letters,
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  5. I see your point completely Theo and agree that they have to have some way of weeding people out and I guess academic success is as good as any and perhaps for some schools the most important success criteria, especially with so many applicant.
    However, I do think that approach might rule out late starters who perhaps did not do particularly well in school first time round but went back and made good second time round and in some respects they might have a better insight in to why they didn't do so well first time round that actually makes them better teachers than someone who got straight As first time out.
    Put in terms of primary education, I am a literature graduate and love literature and English but actually I am probably a better numeracy teacher because I absolutely hated maths at school because it was so boring and I didn't always get it, which gives me a better insight into the minds of those who struggle. I also hated history and geography at school and didn't even take O-levels in them but have specialised in these areas in primary education because it is so much fun to teach them and organisations like the GA and HA have so much great CPD.
    But as you say, I guess if that is the *only* way you can split candidates, it has to be done somehow :-(
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    And I see your point!
    To be frank, all application, selection and appointment procedures are pretty flawed. But we just have to play the game and make the best of them.
    Kind regards.
    _____________________________________________________________




    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.




    I
    do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and often contribute to the
    Job Application Seminar Workshops. We look at application letters,
    executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people
    really appreciate.




    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!





















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  7. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    At least they sent you a letter I suppose!
     
  8. True :)
     

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