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Internal job vacancy

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by mattbazza, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. mattbazza

    mattbazza New commenter

    Is it against any employment law to award a promotion to a teacher without advertising it to the rest of the school staff?

    For example, if a HOD leaves their job and the 2nd in Dept is arbitrarily awarded the HOD job without it being offered to the rest of the department? Can the school then offer another teacher the 2nd in Dept job without it that job also being advertised?
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Not at all.

    In fact, they could have offered it to an external candidate without any advertising without it being illegal.

    A school does not, by law, have to advertise any position. Not even Head. I know of a case where a Chair of Governors met someone - a stranger - on a station platform, got chatting, gave out a visiting card, and subsequently that person was appointed to a Headship with no advertising.


    It is not wise to appoint a Head without advertising, unless there is a very good reason for it. The imminent arrival of a train on platform 4 doesn't count.

    However, although not illegal, there may be some Local Authority or Governors requirement that a post is advertised before appointment. Although it would be unusual for this to apply for internal promotions.

    Yes, that is perfectly legal, although not good management and leadership practice.

    Yes, that is perfectly legal, although not good management and leadership practice.

    The very fact that you have posted this - I assume that you are a colleague - shows that it can cause disappointment, upset and resentment among other staff, both inside and outside the department.

    It is a pity that this has been done in this way.

    Best wishes

    Middlemarch and wanet like this.

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