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Part time interview advice

Discussion in 'Part-time and job share' started by Missexcel, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. Missexcel

    Missexcel New commenter

    Hi all,

    I am returning from maternity and would like to go part time. The school have invited me to an interview with HR where they will ask me to “explain the effect I believe the new working pattern would have on the school and how any effects might be dealt with”. From my understanding the school is anti part time and it sounds like they already have a negative outlook.

    I feels odd to go to an interview and tell them all the problems with taking me on.

    Does anyone have any advice in answering this question.

  2. Camokidmommy

    Camokidmommy Established commenter

    Then don't tell them the problems! They already know what they are. Tell them all the benefits!
  3. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Offer solutions, or potential solutions, if you can. If you know what the school dislikes about part-time, try to counter their potential objections.
    For example, you might know that one or more of your regular supply teachers would be interested in a part-time post (solves "who does the other hours"). You could explain how continuity could be maintained through the week by communicating with whoever is doing the other half (solves "business efficiency"). You could also point out that if, for instance, they took on Mrs X to do the other half, she has particular expertise in PE and you have particular expertise in music, so by timetabling accordingly the class will gain the benefit of both specialisms. If you're upper end of KS2 - having more than one teacher is good preparation for secondary.
    If you're secondary, post again and I'll try some secondary "solutions".
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  4. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

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