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Free school?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by Izzy121, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. Izzy121

    Izzy121 New commenter

    Hi All,

    I've seen a job that I'm quite interested in, but it's in a free school...I'm a bit concerned about the potential working conditions. They have achieved 'good' in their only ofsted, which is positive, but the fact that they only list having a teaching qualification as 'desirable' on the person spec is a worry!

    Any advice or experiences?

    Thanks in advance
  2. mseerie

    mseerie New commenter

    Ask if you can visit and take the opportunity to speak to current staff, but make a point of doing it away from management, so they can be completely honest. Even if you can't do that, get information about performance management, workload and directed working hours from management.
  3. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Don't touch it with a bargepole
  4. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    Don't know what people like Theo think, but this could be one where a pre application visit is wise? And I mean for all parties.
  5. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    They do not insist on qualified staff

    That should be enough for any professional teacher to know
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  6. Izzy121

    Izzy121 New commenter

    Yeah, my gut instinct was to run screaming when I saw the 'desirable'...but everything else looks good. The Ofsted is actually the most consistently positive I've seen, and the SLT come out glowingly. But then you have to be seriously screwing up to mess up an Ofsted with only 3 year groups!

    Yes, think I will visit against my better instincts. Trouble is, my subject (I won't say what it is as the school could be identified) is not an in demand one, in fact its quite hard to find advertised positions full stop. And this is a local school, part time (which I need) and permanent - like rocking horse poo...I need a job...but I need a soul too haha...
  7. Izzy121

    Izzy121 New commenter

    Nope...forget my previous response, their school day runs from 8.20am to 5pm! I'm out.
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    That saves me wondering how to word politely my comment about a school that is prepared to advertise that people without QTS (failed QTSers even, perhaps?) may apply and be considered.


    Best wishes

    Middlemarch likes this.
  9. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

  10. grussell1

    grussell1 New commenter

    School day from 8.20 until 5? Is that even legal?
  11. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    There's no law against it!

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