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HELP..decision advice needed

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by sfollant1, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. sfollant1

    sfollant1 New commenter

    So a bit of background - I was ousted from my post as Head of Music at a prep school after being there for a number of years (too many when I look back at it). This led to me taking a post teaching yr 5, four form entry (after having no experience at non specialist primary teaching) and taking music workshops. I then left that post to take up a position in a state primary at a school that is unbelievably supportive but I've gone from somewhere where there were four teachers planning to only two and I am struggling to keep up with it all.
    The thing is, a music job at a local private school has come up. Very similar to my previous prep school but teaching up to GCSE (something I have done but not for ten years). DO I, continue at my current school and just hope that things will get easier and hope that no one finds out or do I take the plunge, speak to the head and hope that she doesn't ask me to leave there and then (just to say that both my employers after the Head of Music post knew my situation, I did not keep anything from them regarding my experience)
    any thoughts would be welcome :confused: :(
     
  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    See if you can visit the private school and get a flavour of it.
    If you work your notice in the approved fashion, there's no reason that your current head will dismiss you instantly. Schools are used to people moving on and usually get over it, especially if it's done properly.
     
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  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    What do you want to do long term?
    Do you want to stay as a general primary age teacher, or do you want to be a specialist music teacher?

    If you are enjoying the more general teaching, then stay where you are.
    If you'd really prefer to move back to being a music teacher, then speak to your head and let them know this is the reason for you looking around. It will hardly be a big surprise to them.
     
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  4. muso2

    muso2 Occasional commenter Community helper

    DO I, continue at my current school and just hope that things will get easier and hope that no one finds out...

    Find out what? That you're struggling with the planning workload? I'm not entirely clear on this.
    If you're at a supportive school now, there's no reason why they should be unpleasant because you tell them you're considering another job, especially if it's quite a different one. It's a reality that staff don't stay in the same school forever, and heads should not be too surprised. I toyed with leaving my first school for years, applying for the odd job here and there, and nobody ever made my life difficult over it.
    If you haven't taught gcse for 10 years, you'll need to get up to speed with recent changes, but if you have evidence of good achievements in the past, this should strengthen your application.

    The question really is, as above, do you want to be teaching music as your main role, or do you want to teach primary all subjects? If the former, there's no reason for you not to apply.
     
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  5. 7eleven

    7eleven Senior commenter

    Reading between the lines I just get the feeling that you don’t really want to be a teacher anywhere? Is it time/are you able to have a bit of a rethink? Supply? Peripatetic teaching?
     

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