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Dear Theo, what is the best way to find a part time Maths job ??

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Curae, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. Curae

    Curae Star commenter

    Dear Theo and others,
    After much effort and very expensive childcare I am about to complete my secondary Maths PGCE. As a mum of 3 boys all under 8 years (two which are twins starting full time Nursery this September) I have decided to work part time for at least the next year. Ideally this would be 0.7 of a timetable ( I can't really afford to work less than 0.5 of a timetable). I have however hardly seen any part time opportunities advertised. I will be an NQT which is another consideration. I would like any part time work to count towards my NQT registration
    I live in London in the borough of Brent and I understand that from September 2011 there will be a borough wide introduction of one-to one tuition in Maths which could suit me. Do you know of this scheme as does it require qualified teachers to teach or will it be paid as an non teaching post and could it count towards my NQT year ?
    Lastly would it be appropriate if any one out there could recommend any good supply agencies or any other source of part time Maths teaching.
    Many thanks in advance and apologies for asking so many questions.
    Cristina Perez
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well done for that PGCE! Especially when juggling all those tiny fingers and feet.
    Maths is generally a shortage subject, in that many schools are obliged to use non-specialists to teach the subject.
    But that doesn't mean that the dream job will be there for you, I'm afraid.
    Firstly, two Nos. That's No, in the plural!
    No, people should not recommend an agency - it's against the TES Terms and Conditions to mention schools, individuals or agencies etc., even to say something good about them. The Mods will just delete. Sorry!
    And the second No is No, I don't know if tutoring would count towards induction - I am not an induction expert. But I very much doubt it. Sorry again! You can go and ask on the NQT Forum with a Dear James post to see what he says. But I think, I'm almost sure, that it has to be class teaching.
    As for how to get a part-time post . . .
    Firstly look every single day at the teaching vacancies section of your Local Authority's website. Set up Job Alerts here on the TES website - plural because you should set up one for state and one for independent schools (Yes, you CAN do your induction there!).
    And finally, something that I do not normally suggest - writing to the schools locally (including independents).
    Find out the name of the Head of Maths - either from website or ring the school up.
    Address the letter (hand-write the envelope) to Mr Theo Griff, Greengates School, not to the Head of Maths - it is less likely to go straight into the bin unopened.
    One side of a page only. Really succint - make it easy to read. Just say that you are looking for part-time work to start your induction as a Teacher of Mathematics. Say where you have done your TP, what your maths qualifications are, don't mention the word twins, and hope for the best.
    Good luck!
    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.
  3. Curae

    Curae Star commenter

    Dear Theo,
    Thank you so much for your time and much needed advice. You have confirmed what I thought would be my best plan of action. Part time teaching opportunities here I come !
    Kind regards


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