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Experienced teacher applying for jobs

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Listless, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. Listless

    Listless New commenter

    Hi all,

    I've been teaching at the same school since I was an NQT. Getting on for 4 years ago now and I feel it's time to move on and get a job elsewhere. I want to see if things are better in education elsewhere before I seriously consider throwing in the towel. That said, I love the teaching aspect of my job and for the most part the kids I teach..most of them at least.

    I have looked at the stickies but most of them seem to be aimed at NQTs looking for their first job. I can't remember what I wrote on my statement the first time and I would like some advice regarding the kind of things I should focus on in my statement. Since actual teaching and marking etc feels second nature now I feel like my statement is a little bit stale and dull.

    If anyone has found a good template to use do send it my way (I know Theo will scold me for this...!)

  2. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    What you write in a statement needs to be tailored to what is being asked for in the role and school you are applying for. Look at what they want and what you offer and where they marry up!

    I'm 10yrs into teaching and have been in 5different roles and am applying to some at the moment and my statement has never been the same twice!
  3. Listless

    Listless New commenter

    I wanted to knock out a generic statement which could be tailored to the schools I apply for. Surely what they are asking for can't be worlds apart! I'm looking for a sideways move not a promotion.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Golly, I don't know where to start here!

    Do you mean the articles in the Professional Advice Hub? The 14 on looking for a job, and the 24 on applying? A few, very few, are aimed at NQTs. I've just counted - 3 only. Out of 38. :)

    My statement? My statement? You only have one? :) :)

    Why yes! :) :) :)

    You bet! :) :) :) :)

    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

    OK, so now we've got that over . . . :D

    You need to start again. Put your reading glasses on . . .

    N.B. I have included here links that may not be relevant to you, for the benefit of other posters.

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

    Get the TES Jobs App

    How to set up a Job Alert

    Get ready for the application season! * * * Must Read * * *

    When to apply for Senior Leadership Posts***NEW ***

    Why you shouldn't look at non-specialist sites for job application advice [​IMG]

    Writing speculative letters and sending CVs to schools, just in case . . .

    Jobseeking for the older candidate

    Are Academies right for me?

    Being on supply for ever!

    No job for induction . . .

    I got QTS ages ago, but have never done my induction year. Can I still apply for jobs as a NQT?

    The jobs have all dried up! Will there be more jobs for next term?

    Why don't schools write back when you apply, or ring after an interview?

    Potential problems with Facebook ***NEW ***

    Applications advice:

    2. 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

    Why you should always include an E.S. in an application

    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...

    Can I ask a school not to contact my referees just yet? ***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 ***

    Blank E.S. Pro-forma for job applications***NEW ***

    Letter of application for a teaching job ***NEW ***

    Sharing letters of application, supporting statements and executive summaries ***NEW ***

    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

    When you've finished this homework, call again for help. :)

    Best wishes

  5. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    Another problem with a generic statement is a silly little slip can give you away. Like an applicant to my place, who felt the need to tell us that they thought their skills would be appreciated at *another school*. If it looks generic it generally goes in the bin!

    Good luck with your application!
    senlady likes this.
  6. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    You don't need multiple statements, just one really good one that you can easily adapt to fit specific posts. And you just need to take care that you don't make those silly little slips that CWadd mentions.
    jomaimai and wanet like this.
  7. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    @sparkleghirl - receiving a cover letter with an address for a different school on was a bit of a classic!
  8. John_in_Luton

    John_in_Luton Occasional commenter

    I had one once which started 'I am very eager to work in X Primary School' or words to that effect.

    Problem was, it was the name of the wrong school.

    The application was for the post of headteacher...
    Lara mfl 05 and CWadd like this.
  9. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    To balance this a bit, I have a colleague who applied for a job as maths teacher in the secondary part of a 3-18 school and was sent the job description for a primary teacher. Needless to say she didn't pursue it,
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  10. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    I have seen a job description for a caretaker that asked for details of the exam results (raw and value-added) for the GCSE, AS and A-level groups taught for the last 3 years.


    Best wishes

    Lara mfl 05 and hope4thefuture like this.
  11. hope4thefuture

    hope4thefuture New commenter

    I've also seen jobs for Spanish teachers insisting on English native speakers.

    Never quite sure about that one.
  12. jomaimai

    jomaimai Established commenter

    It's just because the paper work. They do not want an English speaker, what they want is an English trained (tamed) teacher.
  13. jomaimai

    jomaimai Established commenter

    As an experienced teacher, I came to the conclusion that what I needed was MY own statement. Once you have done it, don't rush and look for a local school that could match it (with little changes).
    That is my only advice, if you love teaching and do not want to throw the towel.
  14. Listless

    Listless New commenter

    To clarify I was asking for what kind of skills a HT would be looking for from an experienced teacher as compared to an NQT. Waxing lyrical about thinking hats and Socratic questioning at this point in my career seems pointless.

    Secondly, I have been wrestling with the idea of leaving my school for some time now because of draining effect it's having on my life. In particular student behavior and attitude to learning is very poor at the moment. However, I get only really well with my colleagues so the possibility of starting all over again is daunting. This is why I'm having to force myself to write a statement of any shape or form so that when I do see a job going I don't have to force myself to write everything from scratch while also balancing a full-time teaching job. I'm not going to send it out without first going through the criteria they are looking for. I'm sure some of you at least can appreciate how difficult it is to express what you have been doing for 4 years of your life on a daily basis in an way that doesn't sound routine.

    I should really get around to finishing it...
    jomaimai likes this.

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