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Depression and interviews

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Ange_mmm, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. Hi there. the school you interview at is required by law to take a reference from your current employer before your interview. On this there is normally a section that askes about number of sick days. You will more than likely have this question on your application form too and they will require a brief explanation as to why you were off. I would imagine your school would probably put that you are off at the moment on the reference.
    Things like this shouldn't go against you in an interview, however I know from experience that some heads are not sympathetic. I used to recruit for secondary schools and worked with several heads and some of them were unbelievable in shortlisting meetings. I actually worked with one head who would not interview mature NQTs or scottish people! He was a joy! You may be required to go through occupational health but your union will be able to advise on that.
    Anyway depression is still a bit of a taboo subject and some people are suspicious of it. Be really honest about your condition and let them see that you are a good teacher that is suffering at the moment but you will get better. Hope it works out for you.
  2. Of course - you can do anything. I used to take long walks and go charity shopping and sit in cafes a lot while off with WRS. At one point I also condidered taking a trip abroad - asked my GP and he said he would put it on my medical records that travelling was recommended for me. [​IMG] Do anything you want, depression is not like a broken leg!
    Khm, Curlygirly - most sources agree that this is actually illegal since the 2010 Equality Act. See http://property.practicallaw.com/0-502-5694?source=relatedcontent
  3. Apologies to CG - it's because of the avatar! I'm sorry, the reply is meant for Ange_mmm
  4. Thanks for your replies.
    I am not signed off at the moment, as I did not go to see the doctor in the end.
    I know that the doctor will sign me off if I ask, but I am reluctant to do so due to the risk of not getting another post, as I have asked in my other thread.

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