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NQT year through an agency- pros and cons?

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by rosetea, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. Hi,

    I'm starting to apply for NQT positions, but have
    been slightly disappointed over the relatively few vacanies coming up in
    my part of London. I can't relocate due to family commitments. Is it
    worth looking for a position through an agency? What are the pros and
    cons of doing this?
    Advice appreciated!
     
  2. Hi,

    I'm starting to apply for NQT positions, but have
    been slightly disappointed over the relatively few vacanies coming up in
    my part of London. I can't relocate due to family commitments. Is it
    worth looking for a position through an agency? What are the pros and
    cons of doing this?
    Advice appreciated!
     
  3. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Do some research and find out which of your local LAs still run their own supply service or have a nominated agency running the register (with pay via the LA).
    That way, any temporary contracts that you get lasting a term's length (from any point in one school term until at elast the same point in the next - based ona 3 tgerm school year) would be eligible for Induction and any work that you get (even shorter term) would be properly paid with access to the pension and the opportunity to be eligible for pay progression if you get some work in enough calendar weeks (26 ).
    You can also contact the LA advisors for your specialism nearer the time and ask if they know of any schools that have up-coming Maternity Leave vacancies etc where you might then be taken on by the school ona fixed term contract.
     
  4. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    At the moment you won't get many vacancies as the resignation date for September is not until May. The majority of NQT posts are filled in Summer term. at this stage of the year you should follow jubilees advice and look for induction posts. Most boroughs have a primary pool system and details will be on their websites. If you are secondary then demand will depend very much on your subject but it is still too early for the bulk of secondary advertising to begin.
    You need to be aware that the amount of daily (non induction) supply you can do is limited initially to 16 months-this will change but it requires an Act of parliament to do so. There is , in my view, a difficulty with too much day to day supply for NQTs which can harm longer term job prospects. I see a lot of applications from NQTs 2-4 years after QTS who are still just doing supply and have not started induction. This can lead to deskilling particularly with issues like planning and assessment for learning which means they do not compete well with "fresh" NQTs. Try and push for long term supply work -any post of a term can count towards induction even on supply. Certainly the NQTs who have reduced the induction period to 1 or 2 terms are in a stronger situation .
     

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