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Four years since qualifying.......

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by MrsDetermined, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. MrsDetermined

    MrsDetermined New commenter

    I am hoping someone has some advice or can at least reassure me that the situation isn't as dire as it feels.
    I qualified in 2007 and began applying for jobs to begin the following academic year. I also began supply through an agency. I had one interview and was unsuccessful but I began regular work in one school, covering ppa and management time. I continued to apply for jobs and had one interview, I didn't get the job.
    In January 2009 I began a fixed term job at the same school, I didn't have an interview for this position. I completed two terms of my induction period and left at the end of the contract in July 2009. A job did come up at the school, I applied and had an interview but didn't get it.
    The following academic year I returned to supply and applied for all the jobs I could. I was asked to cover an illness and this turned out to be for the remainder of that year. I was there from October 2009 until July 2010. I didn't have any ppa time or induction time but was planning and assessing as well as doing reports, parents evening and all the other duties that come with being a class teacher. I was unable to complete the last term of my induction because the school didn't know how long I would be there until a few weeks before the end of the year when the post holder resigned.
    I had a baby in August of 2010 so wasn't teaching or applying for jobs for nearly a year. I have been supplying again since May. Just before the end of last year I was asked to take on a maternity cover beginning in January 2012 at a school I had done some supply work at. I readily accepted but a few weeks ago they retracted this offer because a teacher that left in July decided she wanted to come back.
    I have spent some considerable time researching deadlines and conditions tonight and things are looking very bleak. I really don't want to take work out of teaching because I think I may as well write 'unable to get a teaching job' across any future applications.
    My extensions to supply run out in April, if the new changes are passed and the four term rule is abolished then my five years runs out in July. What then?
    I am 29 and began training as a nursery nurse in September or 2000. I have been regularly working with children for eleven years. It seems very unfair that I've been trying to get a job since qualifying but very soon I won't be able to teach anymore.
    I am not good at selling myself, that i can't deny. I must be fairly good at teaching though, or schools wouldn't keep asking me back.
    Any advice is welcome.
    MrsDetermined
     
  2. MrsDetermined

    MrsDetermined New commenter

    I am hoping someone has some advice or can at least reassure me that the situation isn't as dire as it feels.
    I qualified in 2007 and began applying for jobs to begin the following academic year. I also began supply through an agency. I had one interview and was unsuccessful but I began regular work in one school, covering ppa and management time. I continued to apply for jobs and had one interview, I didn't get the job.
    In January 2009 I began a fixed term job at the same school, I didn't have an interview for this position. I completed two terms of my induction period and left at the end of the contract in July 2009. A job did come up at the school, I applied and had an interview but didn't get it.
    The following academic year I returned to supply and applied for all the jobs I could. I was asked to cover an illness and this turned out to be for the remainder of that year. I was there from October 2009 until July 2010. I didn't have any ppa time or induction time but was planning and assessing as well as doing reports, parents evening and all the other duties that come with being a class teacher. I was unable to complete the last term of my induction because the school didn't know how long I would be there until a few weeks before the end of the year when the post holder resigned.
    I had a baby in August of 2010 so wasn't teaching or applying for jobs for nearly a year. I have been supplying again since May. Just before the end of last year I was asked to take on a maternity cover beginning in January 2012 at a school I had done some supply work at. I readily accepted but a few weeks ago they retracted this offer because a teacher that left in July decided she wanted to come back.
    I have spent some considerable time researching deadlines and conditions tonight and things are looking very bleak. I really don't want to take work out of teaching because I think I may as well write 'unable to get a teaching job' across any future applications.
    My extensions to supply run out in April, if the new changes are passed and the four term rule is abolished then my five years runs out in July. What then?
    I am 29 and began training as a nursery nurse in September or 2000. I have been regularly working with children for eleven years. It seems very unfair that I've been trying to get a job since qualifying but very soon I won't be able to teach anymore.
    I am not good at selling myself, that i can't deny. I must be fairly good at teaching though, or schools wouldn't keep asking me back.
    Any advice is welcome.
    MrsDetermined
     
  3. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    By my calculations any 12 month extension granted by an LA would have run from Jan 2009 (when your 16 month supply allowance expeired IF you started supply teaching in Sept 2007) and would have run out in Jan 210.
    Do you have it in writing that your LA is allowing you to take non-Induction supply work until next April?
    I would contact the LA advisor for you specialism and ask to be kept informed about Maternity covers and long-term sickness covers that they hear about.
    You might also want to circulate your CV direct to schools. With only a term left to do on Induction, you will be a cheaper prospect than someone who needs the extra 10% timetable reduction for an entire school year.
    Are their other LAs that are a manageable travel time from your home?
     

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