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negotiating salary when offered job?

Discussion in 'Independent' started by Corrina_N, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. Corrina_N

    Corrina_N New commenter

    Hello everyone!

    I am relatively new to the world of secondary education teaching. I have applied to a number of independent schools and currently waiting to hear from an interview.

    I have a QTS (not a PGCE; I gained my QTS through the EU recognition route) and a PhD with 3 year experience of higher education teaching. At a recent interview I was told that if I were offered the position I would start from point 3, rather than 1, as a recognition of my postgraduate qualifications. Unfortunately, I was not offered that position, but I was wondering if it is considered appropriate to negotiate a similar deal if offered a position. I don't want to come across as rude, but I also feel that I should try, as it would be a small recognition of the years I've put into further education.

    Thanks a lot in advance for your suggestions!
  2. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    I was offered point 4 at my independent with a PhD (no PGCE) and it's my second full year of teaching secondary. My school does respect postgraduate qualifications.... (I had 4 years higher education teaching and 6 years EFL, before deciding I wanted to teach my subject (jobs in higher education are very tough to get)....it doesn't hurt to ask....
  3. Corrina_N

    Corrina_N New commenter

    Hey sabrinakat!

    Thanks for this! May I ask if your 4 years in higher education teaching were post-PhD (ie an academic job)? Cause mine are in essence part time, as I have been teaching concurrently with my PhD. You obviously had a lot of teaching experience and I am glad they recognised this! I would be happy with point 2 or 3. Definitely do not expect more than that.
  4. Corrina_N

    Corrina_N New commenter

    ps. I see we are also doing the same subject :)
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    A helpful answer there from @sabrinakat , thank you.

    @Corinna_N , you could ask if they were thinking of recognising your academic qualifications and teaching experience by awarding a higher salary point.

    Good luck!

  6. Corrina_N

    Corrina_N New commenter

    Thank you Theo :)
  7. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Mostly the same time as my PhD, but I had a temporary 'tutor' position for two terms at Oxford (where I started my then D.Phil) when I took an authorised break. I worked part-time EFL when I had my son but wanted to teach my subject - I teach across KS3, 4 and 5 with Oxbridge preparation; in my own independent school, I am the only Latin teacher and they like a creative approach, as well
  8. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Keep in mind that point 3 in one indie school may be equivalent to point 7 in another.

    Think about the actual wage you believe you should earn and negotiate from there. They, probably, will expect you to negotiate a little.
  9. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Agreed. I did and got a 'management' point added. Not a huge salary, but very reasonable!

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