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Drama Job Hunt

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by neonlj, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. neonlj

    neonlj New commenter


    I'm a Drama PGCE student and I'm very eager now to land my first job.

    The only problem is, there has been one job each month that I've been able to apply for (never mind thinking about the whole "find a school that suits you" speech you are given in training year).

    Since applying in January, I had one interview in February with really positive feedback, but did not get the job in the end. Since then, everything has dried up, I haven't been invited for interviews with any of the three other positions I applied for. At the moment I am not waiting to hear back from any applications as there have been no vacancies.

    I do teach a few lessons of English each week, but I do not feel comfortable applying for English jobs, especially at this stage. The number of years it has took me to get this far has landed me with very little money. As a result, I now wouldn't be able to move location, even if I wanted to. I just would not be able to afford it. I feel that this has really limited any hopes of finding a job.

    Is there hope that a number of Drama jobs will crop up soon?
    If not, what should my plan B be? And when would be the time to start pursuing plan B?
  2. pcsmush

    pcsmush Occasional commenter

    Plan B could be to do some supply work or take maternity covers etc to get your foot in the door.

    Most jobs should be coming up at this sort of time, so there is a still very good chance that more Drama positions will crop up. :)

    Good luck!
  3. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    The job alert on this website will give you an indication of the number of Drama jobs nationally and then locally. You may need to broaden your search radius if you are just looking for Drama as they tend to be Drama/English in order to make up a full timetable. You could also try targeting schools with Performing Arts specialisms.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    As WW says, Drama jobs are not very common. At the moment, however, English is a shortage subject in many areas. Applying for D/E gives a school flexibility which they may appreciate.

    Ensure that you get details of all posts available with the TES App and Alert:

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    And make sure that you are ready to put in a strong application as soon as a possible post crops up:

    Get ready for the application season!

    Best wishes

    mrs-badger likes this.
  5. mithnoviel

    mithnoviel New commenter

    As a fellow drama teacher I feel your pain! Been qualified since 2014 and have yet to land a permanent job. My husband had to confiscate the tv remote lest it ended up being hurled at something when the latest "get into teaching" advert clearly included a drama teacher!

    I would say this, a friend has been in a drama/English situation recently and utterly despised it. The subject was treated with so little respect that she was always seen as an English teacher first even though she is a drama specialist. This was to the point that her drama classes and the school show suffered. She was also under massive amounts of pressure as most English departments seem to be at the moment. I agreed to teach another subject at my current school on the understanding it would be more or less just "stand and deliver" ie lessons pretty much ready to go with minor adaptation needed as I made it very clear that I am not teaching a subject I am remotely qualified in. Just before the holidays have been told there are "concerns" of my quality of teaching in that subject. Just be VERY clear about what levels of support you can expect or you run the risk of basically doing the course one lesson ahead of the kids.

    Good luck with the job hunt!
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    In which case talk to the HoD about improved support for the subject and improved lesson plans.

    Best wishes

  7. neonlj

    neonlj New commenter

    Ah, this is horrific. I just feel so deflated now going back to my last half term of placement. It feels like all this hard work is just for unemployment.
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  9. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    I always say that people in niche subjects have to go into any training with their eyes open. Sadly for you @neonlj you have three problems here, compounded by a fair bit of naivety, sorry.

    1) You do not have the confidence to apply for English jobs for whatever reason. I get your dilemma, I really do, but you need to be pragmatic about it, especially in light of 2) and 3)....

    2) You have no financial back up. This makes me think that supply may not be an option for you either as you can't really earn a living from it.

    3) You are geographically limited.

    Did you look at the recruitment of drama teachers before you applied or was it a side issue? I say that because this was always going to be a risk. All you can do is keep plugging away. Really look at your finances as well. Are you sure that for the right job, moving is unaffordable? Could you look for a houseshare somewhere if you got a job for example for a while? means you would not be paying for furniture/bills/council tax on your own.
    CWadd likes this.
  10. mithnoviel

    mithnoviel New commenter

    Have done, made some difference but not much. Counting down until then end of my contract!
  11. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    I will just add that whilst my current school does have a Drama specialist, she is a) a department of one, and b) having to teach a second subject to make up what otherwise would be 0.8 timetable.

    Be aware that if you do land a Drama job, you could find yourself on your own - which means you would be doing all the planning, SoW, coursework moderation with no back up from an actual HoD. Whilst some may not like the idea of Drama being part of an English Faculty, in terms of middle management you may actually get support.
    sabrinakat, mrs-badger and DYNAMO67 like this.
  12. neonlj

    neonlj New commenter

    Just to clarify, I have taught both English and Music at KS3 during both placements and would not mind teaching either alongside Drama. In fact, I would welcome this to keep things interesting and dynamic.

    In terms of my comment about English, what I actually meant was that I would not be comfortable doing 100% Music or English, if that makes any sense.

    I would be very happy to do Drama combined with anything else.
  13. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    I doubt you'll get a post of music/Drama. Music departments tend to be one man bands - no pun intended- or at the very most, 1 and a half.

    The fact you're willing to combine Drama with English, say, or a Humanities subject will definitely help. When I trained ten years ago there were virtually no jobs in History. My first post was History/RE. Its a regrettable fact that those who do not teach Core subjects often have to diversify!

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