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No job, no money soon no house...Help please

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by beatamizi, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Hi,


    I am fairly new to this forum, although I have used it many times for my
    interviews. The advice is always very good, so here I am in need of help with
    my current situation.


    I have been teaching in my current school for a year and a half as a Second in
    Science.


    I have moved to a new area due to my marriage breakdown, so I decided to
    have a new start for my kids and myself.


    After few months in my new school I have realised that it will be a rough ride.


    Students very abusive verbally and physically. Making false allegations
    against me. I have had oral warnings for very silly things like swearing at
    students (not true!), for pinching (not true!) and for leaving students
    unattended (this one has actually some true in it - I sent 4 students ahead of
    me to the ICT room and they went through a Fire door and head saw them there
    without the teacher).


    The Head decided to suspend me just before Christmas! After that I spoke to
    my Union and they gave an option of early release or going through another
    disciplinary. I took the first as I was sick and tired of being abused by
    kids.


    So now I am facing looking for a job with possibly a bad reference. My
    question: what are my chances? I have been applying like crazy, but only got
    one response back and an interview (tomorrow). How bad is it? What possibly
    could be written on my reference? Can I ask for a copy of my reference?


    The Head has a history of disciplinary against staff and giving bad
    references. Can I put a Senior Teacher instead of the Head?


    I have an excellent reference from my previous school, never has any
    allegations made against me.


    I am really worried as I have young children to support and no partner. What
    should I do, try supply?


    Thank you for your advice.
     
  2. Hi,


    I am fairly new to this forum, although I have used it many times for my
    interviews. The advice is always very good, so here I am in need of help with
    my current situation.


    I have been teaching in my current school for a year and a half as a Second in
    Science.


    I have moved to a new area due to my marriage breakdown, so I decided to
    have a new start for my kids and myself.


    After few months in my new school I have realised that it will be a rough ride.


    Students very abusive verbally and physically. Making false allegations
    against me. I have had oral warnings for very silly things like swearing at
    students (not true!), for pinching (not true!) and for leaving students
    unattended (this one has actually some true in it - I sent 4 students ahead of
    me to the ICT room and they went through a Fire door and head saw them there
    without the teacher).


    The Head decided to suspend me just before Christmas! After that I spoke to
    my Union and they gave an option of early release or going through another
    disciplinary. I took the first as I was sick and tired of being abused by
    kids.


    So now I am facing looking for a job with possibly a bad reference. My
    question: what are my chances? I have been applying like crazy, but only got
    one response back and an interview (tomorrow). How bad is it? What possibly
    could be written on my reference? Can I ask for a copy of my reference?


    The Head has a history of disciplinary against staff and giving bad
    references. Can I put a Senior Teacher instead of the Head?


    I have an excellent reference from my previous school, never has any
    allegations made against me.


    I am really worried as I have young children to support and no partner. What
    should I do, try supply?


    Thank you for your advice.
     
  3. Theo's advice is what you need here. But mine is - ring your union. They can negotiate people neutral/innocuous references. You could also just ask to see it (a friend did this once and they showed her a decent reference, whether this was what the Head actually sent out i don't know!) If you have a really good 2nd reference it will cancel out the first bad one, ie if you're the best candidate then they will be reassured by the 1 good reference. You could always offer a 3rd for extra weight. Jobs are very thin on the ground though, as is cover. Good luck.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    This is the same as another thread, where I have replied.
    Best wishes
    ___________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    I shall be doing the Win That Teaching Job seminar on Saturday February 25th, and also the Moving into Headship or SLT seminar on Saturday 18th February
    www.tesweekendworkshop87.eventbrite.com
    www.tesweekendworkshop82.eventbrite.com
     

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