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New Careers peer advisor to help answer your queries

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by TES_Rosaline, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. peapicker

    peapicker Star commenter

    Hi Bukky

    I have been asked to apply for the Head of Subject role in my school. I am currently second, acting HOS because she is has been away on sick leave and she will not be returning now.

    I am confused about what to do. I have to complete the usual application form and the school does not accept CV's. They want a covering letter and I don't know whether to put my experience on the form or in the letter. If I put it in the form, what do I put in the letter, or is it simply a courtesy.

    Also, do I have to put in everything, as I have been doing the job and they know what I can do. I presume they would not have asked me to apply if they didn't already know.

    I have also never had a HOS interview. What do you think I could be asked that I need to think about?
     
  2. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi peapicker,

    Your cover letter should be succinct, only one side of A4 and include the following points:


    An opening sentence outlining which position you are applying for.

    The next paragraph should be an outline of key successes / impact within your current acting Head of Subject role.

    The following line should express your readiness for the substantive Head of Subject role (e.g. now ready for the opportunity to become a Head of Subject on a permanent basis).

    Lastly, make reference to the fact that you are also submitting a completed application form (and supporting statement, if this is also required).


    During the interview, you could generally be asked questions about:

    · Why you are applying for the role.

    · Skills you possess which would help you in the role.

    · Your vision for the department.

    · How you would deal with challenging staff.

    · Strategies to address the underachievement of key groups.

    · How you would ensure that there is consistently good / outstanding teaching and learning across your department.

    · What your strengths and developments points are.

    · What your leadership and management style is like.

    · How you would support staff that are experiencing difficulties with their teaching groups

    · How you would identify key priorities for the development of the department.



    The list above is not exhaustive. It is merely an overview, to give you an idea about the different aspects that you could be asked about.


    In essence, the questions should include aspects about quality first teaching and learning, effective tracking and monitoring, targeting under-performing groups, staff support / development and effective leadership and management.


    There should also be some type of data analysis task and a scenario based activity / question for you to complete.

    All the best with your application.
     
  3. -Ackbar-

    -Ackbar- New commenter

    Hi Bukky,

    I am a TA Level 3 and recently started work a primary school, which I'm really enjoying so far. However, I'm only 27 and know that this likely isn't a career that will keep me grounded beyond the near future. I'm enthusiastic and want to continue to push myself and learn about settings. I have a music degree and a good academic record.

    There is one avenue that I'm considering and that's SENCO. The problem with this however is that, from the job listings I view regularly, there doesn't seem to be a lot of demand for this type of role. On the other hand I may be looking at such a qualification in the wrong light.

    I really love helping children - especially those with developmental issues - and want to get the best from them. If you could be any assistance in recommending a career path, I would be very grateful.

    Just another note - I found this SEN qualification online. Would it be recognised by employers? https://dmc.ac/courses/sen/

    Many thanks,

    Tim
     
  4. cheesecake40

    cheesecake40 New commenter

    Hi and help!
    I currently hold a PGCE(post 16)which I gained in 2013,I still need to gain QTLS.I have been doing supply,and want to progress to teaching in a secondary school.I would like to know the best way forward.Thank you.
     
  5. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi cheesecake40,

    When you say that you have been doing supply, is this within secondary schools?

    If so, this should support any application you make. However, when applying you will have to contact secondary schools and explain, that you are going to gain QTLS and whether they are willing to support you with this.

    If you had QTLS already, this would make apllications easier as you would automatically be eligible for employment within secondary schools.

    I would also suggest that you contact your teaching union for further advice.
     
  6. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi Tim,

    In order to become a SENCO, you will need to have QTS and also a Masters level qualification.

    I suggest that you share this post in the SEN forum to get more advice from Jules about possible career routes that you can follow.
     
  7. pickles124

    pickles124 Established commenter

    BYusuf- I have posted a new message on the careers clinic forum about TA/LSA work. If you have the time can you have a read. Thanks.
     
  8. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi pickles124,

    Thanks for your message and alert.

    Will find your thread in the forum and get back to you today.
     
  9. becalm77

    becalm77 New commenter

    hi, I am considering a career change and I would like some advice please.

    I hold a Bsc in Chemistry and an MA in English Language Teaching and I am currently working as an English Language Lecturer in Tokyo at a University. I am considering a career change from a University English Teacher to an International School Science Teacher. I am considering the PGCEi course, but does this course have a subject specializations? I thought teachers specialize in a subject area when they take a PGCE course. I would like to specialize as a science teacher, but I could not see any mention of subject specialisms on the course description.

    Any advice about how to facilitate this career change would be gratefully received.

    Thank you

    Daniel
    hi, I am considering a career change and I would like some advice please.

    I hold a Bsc in Chemistry and an MA in English Language Teaching and I am currently working as an English Language Lecturer in Tokyo at a University. I am considering a career change from a University English Teacher to an International School Science Teacher. I am considering the PGCEi course, but does this course have a subject specializations? I thought teachers specialize in a subject area when they take a PGCE course. I would like to specialize as a science teacher, but I could not see any mention of subject specialisms on the course description.

    Any advice about how to facilitate this career change would be gratefully received.

    Thank you

    Daniel
     
  10. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi Daniel,

    You can choose a subject specialism when you do your PGCE for secondary school subjects.

    The PGCEi on the other hand is an academic qualification and is not a teaching qualification.

    Is the PGCEi route the one you aim to follow?

    B
     
  11. becalm77

    becalm77 New commenter

    Thanks for your reply!

    Well, I would like to specialize as a science teacher, if the PGCEi does not enable me to specialize, I don't think it is the course for me. I would like to do a PGCE for secondary schools with a science specialism, but I am live with my wife in Tokyo, and I have commitments here, so it would be difficult to go back to my home country (UK) to study for a PGCE full time. The online nature of the PGCEi is therefor appealing.

    Q) Is it possible to do a PGCE for secondary schools with a science specialism online / distance learning? So far I haven't found a course like this.

    Many Thanks

    Daniel
     
  12. stavanger14

    stavanger14 New commenter

    Hi Bukky,

    Hoping you can offer some advice regarding teacher training. I am currently on a School Direct Course and have noticed that when i log on to the NCTL Teacher Services site there is no mention of the PGCE element of the course - it simply says QTS Assessment Only. I will be getting a PGCE through the partner university - do you know if this will appear once i have been awarded it? I wouldn't want schools to think i haven't done a PGCE when i have.

    Also, i am apparently following the 11-16 age range but would ideally like to teach sixth form too. I can see no reason for me not being able to do this as i have a degree in the subject. Do you know if it is possible to change to 11-18 part way through the course? I made it clear that i wanted experience of teaching KS5 and know this will be beneficial when it comes to applying for jobs.

    Thanks a lot,
     
  13. Lobbylocks

    Lobbylocks New commenter

    I'm at that classic turning point I think where I'm dreading going back to work next week. I'm a secondary English teacher of 15 years experience in the same school. During that time I've also been 2ic and acting HOD, but my role for the last 8 years had been as HOY, something I had always loved until recently. Too many difficult unsupportive parents and their difficult children are making me dead going into my office after teaching. But, what to do now? I'm not interested in a HOD role, nor am I particularly ambitious for an SLT role, but I need to be able to maintain my current salary. Upon reflection, what I love most about my job is the kids, so I wouldn't want to get too far from that. A level is my real passion. I'm a bit scared about moving school but wondering if I could negotiate something at my present school as I know they wouldn't want to lose me. Any ideas? Thanks
     
  14. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    How the **** does this thread with 33 posts feature in the 'One of the most popular threads of all time' list, then?

    'How easy it is to ruin a life' - yes...

    Bauble's Bar - yes...

    'What are you having for dinner tonight?'...definitely

    Any of the London Meet arrangement threads...possibly...

    Any number of threads on Entertainment...


    Yet more underhand manipulation of the membership, TES?
     
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  15. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I think it is all time on this particular board.
    Not all time on the whole of TES.

    And popularity is number of replies, not anything more.
     
  16. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

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  17. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Yes, but all are on this board. Look at the same list while on a different board and you get different threads.
     
  18. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi stavanger14,

    I would advise you to check with the person responsible within your school for overseeing your School Direct training and your university partnership, that your final award will make it clear that you did the PGCE.

    As secondary covers the age range 11-19, you should also double check with the school and university representatives which Key Stages they expect you to teach and then find out how they will ensure that you have Key Stage 5 teaching experience.
     
  19. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi Daniel,

    Yes it is possible to do a distance learning online PGCE, however you would have some face to face sessions where you are required to be on site (the specific number of days depends on the institution. The least number of days I have seen is 2 days for a 24 month flexible online PGCE course).

    Below is more specific information for you:
    http://coursefindr.co.uk/articles/studying-an-online-pgce-distance-learning-teacher-training/

    Furthermore, there appears to be a very limited number of institutions where you can do Science as an online PGCE course. This is an example of one that I found for Physics (was unable to find any for Chemistry...):
    http://www.hotcoursesabroad.com/stu...ible-route-pgce/52283744/program.html?smode=3

     
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2016
  20. IT_addict

    IT_addict New commenter

    Hi There,

    I'm currently looking at leaving teaching after 5 years. I have taught in schools in the UK and in Australia and I have significant IT experience. My degree is in primary education. I'm not sure which jobs to look that are not in the classroom. What would you advise?
     

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