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Person specs and SLT promotion

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by kenworthington, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. I am a secondary Assistant Head - 13 years into my career, relatively young for SLT, but I have only worked in one school. The school has been good to me, and I to them - promoted to HOD after a year, HOY after 3, AST after 6 and Assistant Head after 8. Every time it has seemed like it is time to move on, I have been offered a job that i probably wouldn't get if applying externally due to lack of experience, so I have stayed. I know that I need to move on - and I really want to -but the one school is clearly going to hold me back in some cases.

    Everyone (i.e. current and past Heads, SIPs, LA) believe I should be going for Deputy Head posts (it's certainly what I want, but I doubted schools would want me on one school) and on my first application I was given an interview, survived a first day cut and made it to the last two. In feedback I was told that I had done nothing wrong - on the contrary, they felt my presentations and interviews had been of Headship standard and that there could be Headships out there for me. I think this is silly - I wouldn't employ me on one school, however good - although its a lovely compliment. Why was I turned down? The other candidate was 'more of a manager, whereas I was more of a leader' and I only had one school on my CV while he had 3 or 4. That said, the school was sure I'd get a post as a Dep Head soon.

    My question is, is it worth applying to schools for these posts if they specify 'two schools or more' in the person spec? Will I be rejected outright, and even if they still give me a go will I ultimately always fall to someone who has the extra school? Moreover, now that I have had a sniff of a Dep Head post - one I know I would have done really well - I'm going to find it hard to go for sideways moves, not least because in my current AH post I am basically doing a DH job. Do I hold out for the right DH job, which could leave me at my current school longer and add to my one school syndrome? Or do I grab an AH job for the sake of my long term CV? At what point will I become unmarketable if I hold out at my current school?

    So many questions... Any advice gratefully received.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    And so few paragraphs ... blast that Google Chrome!
    (It's best to number Qs for easy answering)
    Q1 Who knows? When it comes down to it, sometimes the panel itself doesn't really know why they pick one rather than the other. It's a gut feeling, a "the face fits". It's a bit like falling in love, I reckon. It happens or it doesn't, you can't explain.
    Q2 If they specify 2 or more schools - how would you anser that on your executive summary? Suggests a "No".
    Q3 Who knows?
    Q4 What is your definition of the "right DH job"? And is there any other way you can get wider experience - as an AST, didn't you go to other schools? Do you need to emphasise that?
    Q5 This would give wider school experience, and if it's a completely different type of school, would give professional development, not just be a sideways move.
    Q6 Can't really say. I know someone who spent 20 years in one school, promoting through to Deputy there - and then got a Headship at another one. So it is all very individual.
    Have you considered Inspection training - would that widen your experience and your appeal?
    Sorry cannot give straight answer here!
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
  3. ...and damn these silly apple computers.

    Thanks for this advice - the lack of a straight answer is actually encouraging believe it or not, it certainly confirms I'm not out of my mind to be applying for DH jobs.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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