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Dear Theo- Teaching references question

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by TheoGriff, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Thanks for giving numbers!
    Q1 Yes, ideally. Giving an agency is to be avoided if at all possible as they don't give helpful references - they just say how long you have been working for them.
    Q2 Not a very good idea, sorry.
    Q3 Not a very good idea, sorry.
    Well, that's stamped out those two ideas, you'll be saying! If everything else fails, you could go for your Customer Service job, but the best solution would be to have the Supply Head and then someone from the school where you are working as a teaching assistant. Isn't there a teacher you have worked with a bit? Or a Head of Department? How can there be such a high staff turnover in half a term that there is nobody to ask? Think about it and see if there is somebody.
    And don't forget in your application to emphasise how being a TA has been permanent professional development, as you get to observe other teachers at work every day, and learn from them effective strategies etc etc etc. Big it up!
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    I shall be doing the Moving into Headship or SLT seminar on Saturday 17th March.

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