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First Job in a private school.

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by natterz, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. Hello,
    There are a couple of Secondary English opportunities available in my area at the moment, but they are in private (girls) schools. Can anyone offer an opinion on a NQT working oustide the state sector? Both schools state in the job app that they welcome NQT's and pay in line with MPS.
    Is it a good idea to do the NQT year in a private school? Will this limit me when applying for future roles? I hadn't even considered applying to private schools but having seen the job on TES jobs and given givernment cuts etc and high demand for jobs, would I be a fool not to give it my all and apply?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated :)


  2. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    Apply! With any school you won't know if you'll be happy there until you go to interview (or a visit if you can) Private schools usually have high expectations but that can mean they invest more time in you. A few from my PGCE are very happy in private schools.
    There are arguments that different schools can limit you, too good and you can't have good behaviour management, too bad and your not a teacher you're justdoing crowd control.A good Head will see potential despite these percieved views so I wouldn't worry about private schools limiting future options. Good Luck x
  3. I have had the advice passed on to me from a few headteacher family friends that they don't like to take on teachers who spent their early career in private schools. It's not the first time I've heard that it's difficult to pass from private to state.
    However, I'm sure not all heads feel that way, and it does seem silly to turn your back on a whole sector of education. If you find a private school you want to apply for and would be happy working at then go for it, but do be aware that some state heads (not all) may give you a tougher time in future interviews.
  4. primenumbers

    primenumbers New commenter

    Go for a visit, apply, go to the interview if you are selected.
    You will never know the feeling if you could fit in or not until you are actually there. Before and during the first placement of my PGCE, I always thought that I wanted to teach in a normal comprehensive. But purely by chance, I got an interview in a grammar and after just one interview lesson there, I knew that I had to get a job in a grammar. Once I got in, I would never want to go anywhere else :D
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Two tips:
    1) Go to the Independent Forum here and open the Welcome thread. It will give you a lot of info about the indy sector in the clickables. Browse a bit too to see other Qs and As.
    2) Go to the JobSeekers Forum and read the clickables inside that Welcome thread - especially the ones about what to do to get shortlisted.
    Best of luck!
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
  6. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    Are there any problems if you just need to complete one term in an independent school?

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