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New job offer, feeling a little nervous (12 month initial contract)

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by gitmath, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. gitmath

    gitmath New commenter

    I've been offered a new job in a brilliant school. All good so far. Only thing making me nervous is that the contract is for 12 months initially before being made permanent. I know this used to happen all of the time but lately it seems to have died off - or has it?

    I know I can deliver in the new role and the school seems supportive but one thing that has kind of focused the nerves is the fact that I had a meeting about the contract - they seem to be making a big deal out of the initial term. Am I being daft?
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    In these days of budget squeezes, this is very common.

    I think that they are making sure that people have read their contract and understand - we have had elsewhere on the forums a poster moaning that the school had "sneakily" included a one week's notice in a maternity cover contract (not all that unusual), making it quite clear that the poster had not read the contract when s/he received it, so it came as a bombshell.

    And to be very honest, a school can very easily dismiss you - for no fault of yours - in the first two years anyway. It's really only after 2 years that you get more employment protection and so can consider the post as permanent.

    But most people don't worry about that - if they did, they would never change jobs!

    Good luck in your new job. Here is some reading:

    Get yourself organised

    Can I take my materials to a new school?

    Best wishes

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  3. gitmath

    gitmath New commenter

    Thanks Theo!

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