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NQT vs. 1 year's experience

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by choca_holic, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. Hi,
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    </font>I am an NQT (or will be in July!) and have an interview for
    a fixed-term teaching job for 1 year. I know sometimes NQTs are attractive in the
    recruitment process as they are cheap, but
    in your opinion would I be similarly attractive after 1 year, as I would have
    the full timetable, no induction needed and still only cost M2 salary? I quite
    fancy the job, but am worried about having to job-hunt again after a year...


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    </font>Any insights gratefully received!
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  2. Hi,
    <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">

    </font>I am an NQT (or will be in July!) and have an interview for
    a fixed-term teaching job for 1 year. I know sometimes NQTs are attractive in the
    recruitment process as they are cheap, but
    in your opinion would I be similarly attractive after 1 year, as I would have
    the full timetable, no induction needed and still only cost M2 salary? I quite
    fancy the job, but am worried about having to job-hunt again after a year...


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    </font>Any insights gratefully received!
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  3. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Speaking as a secondary head, I've always much preferred it when the best teacher interviewed has been experienced.
    Your cost difference after one year is negligible, given that NQTs must be given additional time on the timetable (which can be very difficult to provide in some subjects, only to bump up the teacher's timetable at the beginning of the next year), support, etc.
     
  4. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    As a primary head M2 is slightly more attractive financially the an NQT because of the costs of supply cover for the additional non contact time, plus training and mentoring.
    However, it wouldn't be a deal breaker. I go for the best person for the job. Sometimes I've been looking to appoint a more recently qualified teacher but the calibre of a more experienced candidate has been such that I've been willing to pay more and make savings elsewhere (eg. do more cover myself and save on supply).
     
  5. R13

    R13 New commenter

    Let's make it a hat trick - as a special school Head I also think an M2 is a better deal for the school, but would be looking to appoint the best person applying. (3 Heads from the 3 different types of school all agreeing - quick close the forums before it all goes wrong!)
     
  6. Please can you tell me if a 40 year old NQT with seven years experience as an HLTA, a BA Hon?s In Primary education with QTS, SEN Specialism, 16 month supply teaching experience and on MPS3 would be just as attractive to employ as MPS 1 and 2. The reason I ask is because I am applying for part-time, 4 days a week or as near to this as possible. I am successful in my applications as I have applied for three positions in the past year and have attended interviews for each one however I have been unsuccessful up-to-date.
    Thank you in advance for your valuable time.
     
  7. R13

    R13 New commenter

    I can honestly say in over 15 years of being a Head I have always taken on the best candidate at interview and never employed a teacher on the basis of how much they will cost.

     
  8. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    It would be your poor use of the apostrophe that would be more off-putting...
    *runs for cover*
     
  9. Many thanks to all who replied. I know the best person should,
    and generally does, get the job, but it is reassuring to know that M2 is also
    an attractive position to be in. Fingers crossed for the job now!
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