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Part time NQT

Discussion in 'Part-time and job share' started by raynukaa, Mar 4, 2020.

  1. raynukaa

    raynukaa New commenter

    Hello all,
    I am a science SCITT trainee. I want to know about part time opportunities for NQTs. Can I bring this up in the interview even if it is a full time vacancy? Someone suggested not to mention it in the interview and instead ask them nicely once they offer the job. Is this acceptable??? And If I do so, Is the school that offered the job liable to give me part time???

    Thanks in advance
  2. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Once you are in a job, you are entitled to ask for flexible working, but they can refuse if they have good business reasons. If you are willing to do the first year full-time, and make the request for the next year, that might work. (Requests for changes mid-year are going to be rather easier to refuse.)

    If you're only really interested in part-time, then I think it is best to contact the school when they advertise, and ask whether they will consider a part-time application. I've done that, and responses varied between "no", "yes", "depends on who else applies", "no but we'll be advertising a part-time post next week" and "only if you apply jointly with a job-share partner". I think it's always worth asking; they may have an existing member of staff asking about going part-time, or they may need slightly less than full-time anyway, or there may be someone else interested in part-time too. Asking in advance gives them a chance to think about it, and to work out whether they can shuffle people around a bit (eg if somebody teaches a bit of maths or PE as well as science).

    If you get offered a job and then ask about part-time, I think it's likely to be a straight no unless they are already well aware that the full-time post will make them overstaffed in science. They've just held their interviews; they don't want to have to hold another round.
    Lalad likes this.
  3. Abitofeverything

    Abitofeverything Occasional commenter

    If I were a headteacher, I'd be pretty annoyed if I gave someone an interview for a full time post and they asked for part-time at the interview. I'd say it would be better to ask if they would accept a part-time application right at the start.
    bmouthboyo and strawbs like this.

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