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Dear Theo: Working for free

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by pink_fairy, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. I am NQT who has been applying for my first post since Jun 2009. With only one failed interview since this point I am desperate to secure a post and embark on my teaching career. I am so keen that I would work for free to pass my NQT year. Is this something that would be viable? How do you think I should go about this if it would be?
    Thank you in advance for any for any guidance.
     
  2. I am NQT who has been applying for my first post since Jun 2009. With only one failed interview since this point I am desperate to secure a post and embark on my teaching career. I am so keen that I would work for free to pass my NQT year. Is this something that would be viable? How do you think I should go about this if it would be?
    Thank you in advance for any for any guidance.
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Best wishes
    Wow!
    Yes, I can understand your desperation here . . .
    But I think that many schools would have problems with this. Probably against some rules of the Local Authority. Most certainly against Union rules - unions would say it is unfair on other teachers if you undercut their salaries - and free is certainly undercutting!
    The only schools that could accept this, because not subject to the same constraints as state schools, are independents and academies. Are you primary or scondary?
    Let me know a bit more info - p or s, subject, where, and I'll think further for you.
    Best wishes
    _________________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review 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.
    There is now another seminar on Applying for Senior Leadership on 13th March.
    www.tesweekendworkshop17.eventbrite.com
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  4. Thank you for your quick response. I was worried about the union side of things too. I am a primary school teacher who trained at Sheffield Hallam and relocated to Plymouth after my course. Ideally I would like to work in the Cornwall/Devon area but I would consider anywhere south of Sheffield and have been when looking for vacancies so far. I specialised in Physical Education but this specialism was one module during the second year (not as much training as I know others provide).
    By working in an independent school or academy would this allow me to progress in my NQT year at the same rate?
    Regards.
     

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