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Drama Teacher... Getting a bit desperate!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by mithnoviel, Jun 26, 2015.

  1. mithnoviel

    mithnoviel New commenter

    I am wondering how lon git realistically will take me to get a job with this subject specialism. The only thing I've managed to get is a six month, part time mat cover. This after a year of applying and plenty of cover in between (which has been mostly horrid!)

    I've had my statements and applications looked at and I've generally had good feedback from them and they got me two interviews. One of those interviews got me the job I'm currently in and the other I had to cancel after accepting my current job.

    Anyone else in the same boat? Has it always been this way or is it to do with this governments apparent disdain of the subject?

    Never posted here before so sorry if I've done something wrong, its a lonely world job hunting and covering and I'm hoping someone will come along and say its not just me!
  2. John_in_Luton

    John_in_Luton Occasional commenter

    Nope. Across our consortium of schools, I've not had a single request for a drama teacher this year. Whereas I could have placed more maths, science, humanities and English teachers than you could shake a stick at (still can, actually, in the unlikely event that there are any out there).

    Sorry I can't be more encouraging. All you can do is keep plugging away as you are doing, and hope. At least with the mat cover you're hopefully chipping away at a bit of the NQT year.
  3. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    I do feel for you. I'm in a school with an actual Drama specialist - but this is the first I've worked in out of four that had this. Everywhere else is Drama taught by English specialists.

    As John says, hopefully this post will help you get some of your NQT year completed - good luck.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Nothing wrong at all - come here to express your frustration whenever you wish!

    Well done there! But have you also borne in mind all the advice on here? Try reading these:

    Applying for a job in a school I suggest that you read these in this order.

    NQTs start here! *** N.B. ***

    Do I have to tell my Head I am applying elsewhere?

    Pre-application visits to schools

    <h4>Why you should always include an E.S. in an application***NEW ***</h4>
    How to get shortlisted for a teaching job *** The basic advice***

    How NOT to get shortlisted

    How do schools shortlist candidates?

    Common errors found in applications

    The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth!

    Who should be my referees?

    Can I see my references?

    Can your Head write a negative reference for you? Or refuse to write one? Can you see what was written... ***NEW ***

    Step-by-step: How to write an E.S. *** More basic advice ***

    Executive summaries - where to start when no person specification

    Person Spec too long - how do I do an E.S.? And where do I put it? *** Beginners start here ***

    Application form: how to present long list of posts outside education

    How can I provide details of examination results?

    Can I omit, on an application, a period spent teaching abroad?

    No CPD to put on the application form!

    5 common errors in applications

    There you are - people have said it!

    A few more points:

    1) Make sure that you know about ALL the jobs available:

    Get the TES Jobs App

    How to set up a Job Alert

    2) Don't forget the Indy sector:

    Doing NQT induction in an independent school

    Moving from state to independent

    3) Make the most of your supply work in your applications

    Being on supply for ever!

    Good luck!

    Best wishes


    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, where she answers jobseeking and careers queries regularly each week.

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