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How many biology teachers do not have jobs this year?

Discussion in 'Science' started by Longbow212, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. I completed the PGCE this year, most if not all chemists and physicists on the cohort got jobs whereas most of the biologists did not. Is it really that tough out there for biology teachers??
    I am starting to wonder what I should do now. I don't really want to do supply, I feel doing something else would at least guarantee an income each month.
     
  2. I completed the PGCE this year, most if not all chemists and physicists on the cohort got jobs whereas most of the biologists did not. Is it really that tough out there for biology teachers??
    I am starting to wonder what I should do now. I don't really want to do supply, I feel doing something else would at least guarantee an income each month.
     
  3. Most people I know that have been prepared to move have secured jobs. I'm moving 200 miles for mine. Those looking in their back garden are struggling however. Maybe look a bit further afield?
     
  4. It has been a tough year - one of our PGCE students (Physics) had not got a job last time I heard and the two NQTs we had on maternity leave covers only secured jobs in the last weeks of term. Why not sign up with a supply agency and see if you can get a longer term contract such as a maternity leave cover - at least you will then be working towards completing your NQT year.
    You really have to be pro-active - have you contacted the local schools in the area you want to work? Have you asked your PGCE tutors if they know where there are any likely vacancies? With schools having to cut costs, the market is tough, so you really have to work hard to sell yourself... think about what you have to offer that others don't....
    Good Luck!
     
  5. Things are quite tough for biologists I'm afraid as they are by far the largest proportion of science teachers applying at the moment (most people applying in general science seem to be biologists). There are fewer specialist biology jobs as it has been the most popular specialism for a while and many of teh job adverts out there will be keen to interview chemists and physicists even if they are advertising for general science.
    A supply agency may be able to get you a longer term cover eg, maternity or long term sickness absence, it isn't just day to day supply. You may also find things coming up in the autumn term once sickness etc kicks in. Consider working on your subject knowledge in chemistry and physics in the meantime prefereably with something accredited like OU or AS/A-level so you can be more attractive to employers.
     
  6. Yeah, I am also finding it tough, I left my previous job as I was on maternity and the travel was too much for me (three hour trip everyday), but thought I could find a job, have been looking for 6 months and have still not found anything. Luckily though I started tutoring outside my specialism, Physics and chemistry that has given me the confidence to apply for other jobs which I will do when the next term starts. You can also mark papers, theyr always looking for examiners, OCR, EdExcel and AQA.
    Sorry about the spelling, little one is jumping on me and i cant see the keyboard well!
     

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