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NQT in a special measure school

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by ropi, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. ropi

    ropi New commenter

    Evening every. I found a agency maternity from january as an Nqt Social Science teacher but catch is that school has come out of special measure. My concern is .. Is it wise for me go for the job? Would I receive good support? I am single parent:i don't want to go from a permanent cover supervisor job to unemployment.
     
  2. blueskydreaming

    blueskydreaming Lead commenter

    If the school has come out of special measures then they must have worked very hard to make that happen, and possibly they have a new Head and a new direction, so it could be beneficial as there may be lots of training opportunities.

    On the other hand there may have been lots of staff turnover - you should ask the agency to find out who your mentor will be, and some details about them. You need a mentor who is in your department, and who is not new to the school, and has done mentoring before.
     
  3. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    You need to establish that there will be full NQT support- release time, mentor and access to training.
    This does not always happen with agency filled staff and you need to be clear before accepting a post.
    If its a maternity cover then by definition it will be fixed term until the return of the permanent teacher.
    As always with social science you also need to establish what other subjects you are timetabled for to make up a full timetable!
     
  4. ropi

    ropi New commenter

    Thank you both. I have turned the offer down as I was told that I will be on a time sheet until July and then if they like me will ask me to continue in September. Such a shame.
     

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