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Dear Theo

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Lara mfl 05, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    If it states ' it is essential the candidates have a commitment to the Catholic ethos of the School.' I do wonder if it's worth you putting in the time and effort for the application. Probably not what you want to hear and do take Theo's advice more than mine.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Do you know what the Catholic ethos is?
    Have a really careful look through their website - there may well be an equality statement that includes embracing studrents and staff of all faiths. Most of the Catholicschools have high numbers of non-Catholics among the students, and staff representatives of different faiths too.
    You don't have to support the religion, just respect it and support the ethos. I would have thought that a Humanist could well support the ethos of any major world religion.
    Do a search on this forum for "Catholic ethos" - you will see that several posters have come up with their ideas here. Here's an example:
    Dear Theo et al - Evidence of Christian commitment
    If there is a space for religion on the form, you write the truth: Humanist.
    (But make sure that you really know what that is, ready to explain at interview!)
    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 Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
  3. As someone who has worked in a catholic school without being catholic can i just assure you that they want the best teacher! You will not be at a disadvantage if you're not catholic, but will need to mention how you're in support of their ethos. This can be quite general and is just about a do-gooding nature; they will definitely not ask you questions about specific catholic doctrine!

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