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My lovely day...

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by splinters, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. Alldone

    Alldone Senior commenter

    Good luck splinters - it seems more and more jobs are being gained by word of mouth these days.
    splinters likes this.
  2. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    We shall see, my current HOF thinks they may not have mentioned it as I am 'too expensive'....ironically the guy (who has been there for years) has had enough of being picked on and is off to try supply....the mad fool!!
  3. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Seems the HOD has someone else in mind for the role hence the internal advert only.
    I will look elsewhere but I will make the most of the last week at the school, its been lovely.
  4. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    If a school has a vacancy for a job you are already doing and they don't tell you about it then smell a very large rodent.
  5. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Ironically @peakster I have been teaching a subject out of my specialist area for almost 5 months while this role is my specialist subject. At first I thought that, due to doing a more than competent job in this subject, they might have just overlooked my suitability for this post. However, I now see there is a degree of nepotism behind their apparent oversight ;-)
  6. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    There usually is unfortunately splinters.

    Plus older g**s like us don't come cheap.
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  7. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Speak for yourself, Im only just getting started; Im not at my peak yet ;-)
    Agree though, but you cant buy experience and when the s**t hits the fan, they soon see why an NQT was not the best choice. Us 'old boys' are like a swiss army knife in schools...yet they still opt for the plastic spoon to save a few quid.
    I always thought state/academy schools did things by the books and it was indies where nepotism was rife. Sadly I was wrong about that one.
  8. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Actually our place (despite it's many faults) is a little more enlightened - experience seems to be valued. I got chosen over several much younger (and prettier) models because of my prior experience (plus I'm a good teacher).
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  9. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    And modest, a quality I like about you ;-)

    I remain confident about finding such a school @peakster even if it means going back to independent.
  10. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I freely admit to being C**p at most things but I can teach.

    I had a class of 28 kids once whose target grades were Bs and a few As

    We got 27 A* and an A
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  11. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    You're a man after my own heart @peakster. My results were once in the top 5% in the country. Unfortunately, it seems that, in one interview, sharing such facts is confident, while in another it comes across as arrogant.
    I have come to realise this year that, although schools advertise for exceptional, experienced, proven track record etc. they often want someone who will tow the line, keep the status quo or be a 'yes man' able to tick various boxes.
    Sadly (proudly?) thats not me....but it does make getting a job more difficult :-(
  12. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Yes, but age is not the barrier it was a few years ago.

    I'm not exactly in my dotage but I have been offered several jobs since I got my current one.

    I have a mental age of about 10 which I think helps sometimes.
  13. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Its been cost with me...which is a way of getting around the age issue, and there you go; you have a higher mental age than me.
    What subject area are you in @peakster ?
  14. PizzoCalabro

    PizzoCalabro Established commenter

    Indeed. I was offered a job this week that was not yet advertised - albeit as an exam officer - and gracefully declined.
  15. peakster

    peakster Star commenter


    If you read a couple of my other posts you can easily guess what subject area I am in.

    Exam invigilation is easy money - however most of ours were apparently guerds at prison camps in an earlier life.

    I'm sorry - that's in really bad taste.
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  16. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Exam officer is a more 'poisoned chalice' than invigilating methinks.
  17. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Well, there you go. Science (Biology?) is a shortage subject while alas, DT is not :-(
  18. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    You think not ?, we've had so much trouble finding DT and Art teachers.
  19. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Not around here mate, well not HOD roles and NQT's seem to be pipping me to the post in teaching roles. I really should hold out for a decent leadership role but needs must....
  20. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    These 'shortage subjects' are strange things. Some schools claim to be 'desperate' to find teachers in these subjects but then not employ them when they come forward, or not want to pay them properly. 'Supply and demand' doesn't seem to work in teaching.

    School: "We're crying out for a proper chemistry teacher, Mr Roger. Can you help us out?
    Me: (After suitable pleasantries) "What are you paying?"
    School: "Ah!.....well.....er, yes......well, you see......"

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