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Is there a required minimum number of shortlisted candidates?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Middlemarch, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I can't advise you on your personal situation, but I can tell you that schools can shortlist as many or as few candidates as they like. If they want to bring in only one, they can - there's no law about it.
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Do you want the job or not?
    If you're not " prepared to put in this kind of unpaid work just to be a placeholder", others may and you'll lose out on an opportunity.
    Your pereception of 'less pay' may not in fact be correct and if you got the job you would have to put all those extra hours in anyway.
    My personal recoommendation is to keep doing what you're doing-impressing the SMT with your commitment and you might be pleasantly surprised.
  3. Thanks everyone for taking the trouble to post. My initial concerns turned out to be the tip of the iceberg and eventually, after much heartache, I decided to stop working there and withdraw my application. I don't feel it would be professional to list the reasons here :p

    I don't know that I was bitter, just terribly disappointed as I thought I was building up positive relationships with the pupils and it was exactly what I want to do. Yeah - I really did want the job. On the day I decided to leave, but hadn't told them, one of the pupils said "this class is like a biscuit tin; we're passed around from one teacher to another". Talk about taking out my heart, pummelling it up a little then putting it back!! Unfortunately the PRU doesn't keep staff long and apparently has a pattern of not employing staff previously placed there by agencies. It seems I shot myself in the foot... I'm convinced that if management had wanted to employ me they could have persuaded the governors to interview me based on my application. Re-opening applications really felt like a kick in the teeth and, with the challenges of the day-to-day job stressful enough (I was physically injured twice), management support is essential.

    I did try to remain professional to the end and the head of centre told me to contact her if I needed anything and that she would be happy to write me a reference.

    Trying hard to a reflective practitioner and learn from this experience. I guess I got my hopes up too much about the possibility of the long-term position and got attached to the pupils and staff.

    On a positive note I now have some time to get ready for Christmas with my wonderful family and get ready to move house early in the new year.

    Thanks again and Happy Christmas!
  4. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    Twice in the UK I have been the only candidate shortlisted.
    Once was for a specialist short term post where I was probably the only qualified applicant available and the other for a school that had been in special measures and was in a particularly poor inner city area, again a short term post.
  5. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    I once did a 9 month stint at a primary in a large city in the UK. The head loved me and I worked my butt off. I was formally interviewed but was paid as if on long term supply, filling in regular supply claims, and I signed on during holidays. It was financially a better option to do so.
    At the end of the year, the school admitted they needed me for another year and I was happy to stay BUT the head said she was unable to offer me the job and was obliged to advertise. I felt abused really, considered I'd committed and proved myself, made an excuse for not applying and went elsewhere.

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