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Dilemma with two possible jobs

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by minnieminx, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    If you take the post then your lives will totally revolve around the school. For many couples, and families, this works very well and they enjoy a great many benefits. But if you don't want that life, then it is definitely better not to start down that route.

    As far as the teaching goes, can you arrange to go and speak to the HT, or whoever is dealing with the recruitment, and discuss with them your concerns. Maybe don't take your partner at this stage. You might be able to take this pastoral post for now and still become a primary (effectively) teacher at the school, say in January or next September. Go and visit and talk as you would do if you were thinking of applying for a post there and be there as 'you' thinking about your career.

    Maybe ask on the independent board, there are people there who live at work in boarding schools with partners and families and can give you a better idea of how it is.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yes, go over to Independent and do a search there on "Boarding". You'll find some helpful discussions on life in a boarding environment.
    (Ignore any thread started by Richards Knights - it's a political discussion, nothing to do with actually living or working in a school).
    People are either very enthusiastic about it indeed, and couldn't imagine not being there, or they feel a bit shut in. It all depends on the individual, and how much they become engaged with the school community.
    This could help you sort your thoughts a bit.
    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 Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    I am timetabled for the October seminars - see you there!
  3. Thank you very much to both of you.
    I will nip over and have a look there now.

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