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Dilemma - your thoughts and advice would be really appreciated

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by takethatno1fan, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. takethatno1fan

    takethatno1fan New commenter

    I have been a specialist teacher working for the LA for a couple of years. Prior to that I was a class teacher and have taught KS1 & 2. I enjoy my job, but feel I have got out of it what I wanted which was to develop a greater knowledge of SEN. I have decided I would like to return to the classroom.
    Now the dilemma. Do you think I would have difficulty getting a job back in a school as I have been out of the classroom for 2 years? I am aware I am on the UPS and wonder whether schools may think I'm too expensive.
    I'm thinking a maternity leave may be a good route back into school. I may hand my notice in by the deadline in May which would free me up to take up a maternity leave job in September. But what if I do this and I have no job? I really don't know what to do.
  2. breadmaker

    breadmaker New commenter

    I think you should specify what your SEN experience have taught you about how children in general learn and develop- especially if govt. changes aspects of SEN and ensure that your experience gives you your usp on other candidates.
    Atm, it seems to be common to have 80+ applicants for class teacher's jobs in my area- and I live in a large city! Goodness knows how many must be applying for jobs in smaller/rural areas. I really wouldn't give up a job without one to go to atm, but that's a personal decision. Good luck!!
  3. takethatno1fan

    takethatno1fan New commenter

    Many thanks for your comments breadmaker
  4. marymoocow

    marymoocow Star commenter

    Have you considered going for SENCO jobs or jobs in special schools?
  5. takethatno1fan

    takethatno1fan New commenter

    It is a SENCo job I want as I have a lot of expertese now in SEN, but they don't come up very often.
    I also want to stay in mainstream.
  6. Don't think just because you are expensive no-one will want you. Sometimes schools can be full of NQT's and maternity leaves when their experienced staff leave and they need to replace that experience.
    Be very aware of showing how you have kept up to date (APP especially!) and also what your experience out of the classroom has added.
    Make sure your letter is very specific to that school which would show why they would want you over a cheaper member of staff.
    People know by now about Maternity leaves and will soon start advertising for September starts, your experience should be very much welcomed.
    As to whether you leave a job without anything - only you know whether you can afford to take this risk! If not and you aren't lucky enough to get something for September you may find a move at Christmas/Easter easier as less people are willing to move at this time if they don't have to.
    Also bare in mind we have only just found out our budgets and so can only now put into place those plans we had hoped to do! The jobs will start to rattle in very soon.
    Good luck

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