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Disaffected Teachers

Discussion in 'History' started by dhiller12, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Hello, I havent posted on TES before but I am in somewhat of a desperate state at present. I have been teaching secondary History for 2 years. I did my NQT year in an RE/History post then made the decision to leave this permanent post for a 1 year fixed term contract teaching History full time. There were many reasons for this decision and I know to those on the outside it probably looks very foolish but I am glad I did it as I have improved so much this year as a teacher and I have really enjoyed it. Sadly I have been on 13 interviews in my short career and I have come 'a close second' in 7 of these interviews and I am fed up. I have reached the point where I get no constructive feedback, I get told I did nothing wrong but they went for someone else. I know things are hard out there but I am seriously considering leaving teaching as it all seems a joke to me. I do not know what else I can possibly do to win first prize. I am really just ranting because I am overwhelmed with anger and disappointment. Any thoughts gratefully received.
  2. Morninglover

    Morninglover Lead commenter

    In my experience - nearly 30 years and more than 10 schools - if you are doing the 'right' things in your interview lesson, you will get the job when your face fits...Just keep going! (And research each school carefully before an interview - time spent in reconnaissance is never wasted!).

    Good luck!
  3. Thank you, I was in a rather spectacular strop when I wrote this! I appreciate the advice and I think you are right, must keep going.

  4. Yeah. Keep going.

    I lost out on a job once because i am certain they wanted a female teacher in an all male department. That's the impression i got. In the interview i said 'i loved sports', and not sure why i said it as i had never said this before, but i then said, 'i play sports 24/7'. The feedback i was given was that they were concerned i would be playing too much sport and leave no time for marking!

    I am always told (with regards to the UK) that the interview panel has already pre-selected their prefered candidate, and unless this candidate screws up, they will get the job. In one interview i performed very strongly, and had a great lesson but did not get the job. The other candidates said their lessons were just 'ok' and i am pretty sure i out performed them on the day.

    It sounds like you want to keep teaching. So keep going. I felt like you a few years ago, then applied for a job i expected to not even get an interview for (overseas - Middle East). I got an interview and the job. Now i am teaching IB in the Far East and life is good!

  5. Thank you, you are right about the gender thing, although as a girl it should be easier for me as most of the interviews I have been to have been predominantly female candidates. Some of the reasons you get for not being chosen are crazy. Glad it worked out for you - fingers crossed for me!

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