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Getting back into teaching, are Independant schools more accepting?

Discussion in 'Independent' started by TheoGriff, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    You have a difficult situation here.
    The competition for teaching jobs is very fierce at present, with large cuts in teaching vacancies and large numbers of unemployed teachers.
    You have several disadvantages, I am afraid.
    • Having been out of teaching in UK schools for a few years. Things have moved on.
    • Being currently in a non-teaching post. There are thousands of experienced teachers looking for jobs.
    • Wanting to teach primarily Spanish. It is taught in very few primary/prep schools, and it is extremely unlikely that you will find a job where you teach mainly this specialism.
    I am sorry to be so negative about this, but in the current climate with so many trained, experienced teachers who can do a class teacher's job in Primary, and are also able to do a bit of Spanish teaching too, I don't really hold out much hope at present.
    You don't say if your previous teaching was in Primary. If so, doing voluntary work in the sector might be a way to get your face known. Running Spanish clubs, for example.
    Good luck to you.
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  2. Independent schools will often consider a wide range of candidates, but have high expectations in terms of performance and commitment. Times are tough in many prep schools and staff need to be able to teach across the curriculum. At interview, I would ask why you left teaching after only two years and why do you now want to return.
    Getting in touch with local prep schools is a good idea - many schools will gladly accept offers of help from suitably qualified volunteers. Could you offer to run a MFL club perhaps?
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yes, but how many major prep schools are there, and how many of these will offer a full timetable of Spanish?
    I stand by my first statement that not many primary or prep schools offer Spanish!
    ______________________________________________________________
    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 Moving onto Leadship seminar is Sunday 15th May.
    http://tesweekendworkshop24.eventbrite.com/
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  4. Thank you all for your replies. Positive or negative it is good to hear what I am up against.
    I live in Brighton and there are a number of local prep schools, the one closest to me offers French but as yet no Spanish. I could at least start there and as suggested offer a MFL/Spanish club.
    I taught Year 1 with French and Spanish in Surrey before leaving for Australia to teach (although ended up temping due to the hit of the recession - they were not hiring non natives), so on returning to the UK I was faced with fierce competition in the teaching sector and moving to a new town. I did supply for a few months but decided to take up full time employment, albeit in an admin role, as I was not getting enough work as a supply. Hence my situation now.

     

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