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Next career move in DT?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by splinters, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Seems a logical place to end up having started a thread regarding moving to primary and commenting on another about being 'too expensive'
    Anyway, after 22 years as a secondary teacher of DT with a PGCE in FE, QTS in secondary education, an MA in Professional Development: action research in Education and 16 years experience as a moderator and examiner I recently left my role as Head of Faculty and I am currently working long term maternity supply standing in for the 2nd in Dept in a state school while I find the 'right' new position.
    Around 10% of my teaching has been in state education with the rest in private, independent and boarding schools. I have a portfolio of very diverse project work (natural risk taker) combined with examination success (over 90% A-C at GCSE).
    You may be thinking that the next move should be quite obvious but I am not really sure what my next move is; a choice made more difficult by the lack of opportunities in my area and I really don't want to move at this point. Also, as mentioned in another post, I have been cited as being 'expensive (last role was U3+mgt). I am already finding it difficult not being the one leading project work and schemes of work but in my cover school they are giving me a great deal of freedom to teach as I wish (examination level) knowing my background.
    its a long shot but anyone in a similar position or able to give a little advice. I don't really have many options to discuss this in person hence bringing it to the forums.
  2. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    I should add that I am 45 and relatively debt free and my children are both at Uni/College so I need enough income to be able to pay the monthly bills and groceries and help them both out, Ideally I would like to continue paying into the teacher pensions for the future: something supply doesn't allow for.
    I also have some industrial design experience and write/illustrate children's books but I am I the catch 22 situation of not being able to afford to risk investing large amounts of money promoting them so they aren't selling so well nowadays...they were always just going to be a retirement find anyway. Also have strong ICT skills, some success in sales in the past and experience as a musician.
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    My first thought was: has this poster thought of publishing the books electronically via Amazon? Not as a ft money spinner, but at the very least as a way of maximising income from them.

    Second thought: are you thinking of moving outside teaching? If so the National Careers Service is the port of call.

    If thinking of another teaching post, then start with this advice. But also consider how to explain why you left a well paid post for the vagaries of supply...

    I've included some articles not relevant to you for the benefit of other people.

    Looking for a job in a school
    I suggest that you read these in this order

    Get the TES Jobs App

    How to set up a Job Alert

    Get ready for the application season! * * * Must Read * * *

    Why you shouldn't look at non-specialist sites for job application advice :)
    Writing speculative letters and sending CVs to schools, just in case . . .

    Jobseeking for the older candidate***NEW ***
    Are Academies right for me?

    Being on supply for ever!

    No job for induction . . .

    I got QTS ages ago, but have never done my induction year. Can I still apply for jobs as a NQT?

    The jobs have all dried up! Will there be more jobs for next term?

    Why don't schools write back when you apply, or ring after an interview?

    When you are ready to apply for jobs, come over to the Jobseekers forum and get general advice

    Best wishes

  4. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Missed your feedback on this TheoGriff. As for leaving my post, there were several factors: there was no creative challenge in the job (indy school achieving 90%+ A-C at GCSE in my subject but not able to develop facilities etc.) an increasing amount of lower ability pupils expecting the same level standard of results and the genuine need to move on to another challenge...all the time students numbers were dropping. The final decision came down to voluntary redundancy...
  5. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    As for the books, they are on iBooks, Amazon and B&N. At first they were selling quite well as a sideline (£600+) a month but when everyone jumped onto ebooks sales declined quickly and it can take a year or more to write and illustrate a new title. Its something I really should market better but I lack the time and, more importantly, the funds needed to develop, advertise and market the project....catch 22 really.
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    £600 a month sounds impressive! I am impressed.

    Best wishes

  7. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    It dropped quickly though :-(
    The last pay cheque was just enough for a pint. The website is the topic of another thread as I am hoping to develop it into a teaching resource. You can have a free pass if you want one TheoGriff:
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter



    Thank you

  9. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Least i can do for all your advice. If you drop me an email I will use it to register you and you then can have free access. Happy for any constructive feedback too.

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