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In a quandary

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by Anon92181738, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. Anon92181738

    Anon92181738 New commenter

    Will try to be brief... So I started in a new school in September. The job I originally applied for was a KS3 coordinator but I am now acting HOD covering maternity leave (some time after accepting the job I was asked about doing this role). I was HOD in my previous school but it was a tiny department and the school was a lot smaller. I have some concerns about the school I have moved to but the experience leading a bigger dept. is useful. A HOD job has now come up closer to home in a school I have heard many positives things about. However, I worried if I apply my short stint in current school will reflect badly on app. and am unsure how I would justify the move to a smaller school and dept. Initially I didn't think I wanted hod again but now I have gained a bit mor experience and confidence I think this is what I need. Any advice would be helpful please.o_O
     
  2. thethiefoftime

    thethiefoftime Occasional commenter

    The main thing I would clutch on to is the fact that the NEW HOD position is permanent whereas your current one is not, so I'd be tempted to go down the road of "Leading a team is my passion and I would prefer to do this full time"
     
  3. Anon92181738

    Anon92181738 New commenter

    Thank you. Do you think the fact I left a a hod role to take on a ķs3 coordinator role role will be an issue?
     
  4. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    Depends how you play it really. Also depends on the views of those employing you. Why did you leave? was it simply you wanted to move to a bigger school? I think you could be fine pushing that.

    Some schools will be wary of you applying for a new position so early. When is the start date? I suppose that your current school would understand more though as it is a promotion rather than a sidewards move
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    As @DYNAMO67 says!

    Do come down to the Jobseekers Forum for advice on applications - start a thread and ask me.

    Best wishes

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  6. Anon92181738

    Anon92181738 New commenter

    Hi again
    So the start date is April. I left my previous school for a few reasons: bigger department - I missed the support of a team. I line managed one other and a supply for sometime due to 2 lots of mat cover in the dept. Just felt needed more of a team. But more than that, it was a crazy academy, pressure was extreme and the working conditions unsustainable. I know of 8 staff who have handed their notice in since September. It wasn't a great working environment as many staff were disgruntled. I did four years there and needed a change. Also wanted more of a work life balance but since I am doing the hod role that has not gone as much as planned. Problem is moved a few times before that but one move was as a result of a post in a private school which was struggling financially and has now closed down. I know too many moves doesn't look good.
    Really not sure what to do. It is closer to home and an opportunity to develop a growing dept. in a growing school.
    Guess I'll just have to have a long hard think!
    Thanks for your advice.
     
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    Good luck with the long hard think . . . but do come and ask me for help on Jobseekers if you need it.

    Best wishes

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  8. Anon92181738

    Anon92181738 New commenter

    Ok will do.
    Many thanks
     

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