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'Restructuring' vacancies

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by poltergeist, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. poltergeist

    poltergeist New commenter

    If you saw an advertisement which made you suspect that the school's existing staff were expected to reapply for their own jobs, would you consider applying for the vacancy?
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    I can see where you are coming from, but I can't see any value in basing a career decision on a suspicion . . .

    Best wishes

  3. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Probably not - unless I was desperate (maybe not in work) and it was a school I really wanted to work in...
  4. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    If the school has a history of getting up to such antics even if you do get a job there, might you well be in the same situation, in a year or two.
  5. englishteach101

    englishteach101 Occasional commenter

    Is this something in the advert that makes you think this or personal knowledge of the school?
  6. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    If I knew this, I don't think I would even want to work there. If I just suspected it, I would try to find out more before applying.
    ValentinoRossi and cazzmusic1 like this.
  7. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    When I got my second teaching post (6 years into my career) I was up against a supply teacher who'd been standing in for a teacher who'd left through work-related stress. I got the job and she didn't - she never forgave me. I've been for other jobs where the internal candidate (student, supply, etc) was successful and I wasn't. So it goes.

    However, the relevant point to this thread is that I didn't realise until afterwards that 5 teachers from the school were being redeployed to other schools that year due to 'restructuring'. It wouldn't have changed my decision to apply though, because they needed a shortage skill set as the subject (late 1980s IT) expanded and none of these 5 were IT specialists. It did however mean that other staff didn't initially warm to me if I did or said anything they disapproved of. It wasn't my personal fault that their colleagues had been redeployed - I just saw the job ad and went for it. I didn't let it trouble me, it was soon forgotten, and I stayed in the school for over 20 years.

    Because of that I'd agree with Theo - don't try to second guess the reasons behind the decision to advertise the post if it looks right for you. Whilst I dislike the notion of people having to re-apply for the wrong reasons, there may be valid reasons for the school wanting to cast the net wider and see who's out there. Be aware that if you're successful and your suspicions are proven correct, you may have to work harder to prove your worth in the eyes of some people. One day you may also be subject to the same re-application process.
  8. poltergeist

    poltergeist New commenter

    Thank you - interesting responses. Probably not the right job for me anyway!
  9. jumpingstar

    jumpingstar New commenter

    As someone who is part of a school that has recently become academy and "restructured" I would say don't always think the worst.
    A few of us from one school moved to a partner school because it was a step forward for us - and the job opportunities that had arisen there were ones that furthered our careers. It wasn't at all about people being pushed at all. It was something that we were all going to do externally and our head wanted to keep us and was able to give us opportunities due to people in the other school moving on for various reasons themselves.
    Restructuring doesn't always mean the negative. It just may be a possible thing in that school - especially an Academy. Or if people are leaving and people wanting other jobs within the setting.... just a thought
  10. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    If your own job there is under a temporary contract then quite possibly! If not, would you want to work there anyway? It would be an underhand (if not entirely uncommon) way for a school to do this.
  11. jago123

    jago123 Established commenter

    It depends on the role. IF i knew that existing staff had to re-apply for their roles, then I probably would not. It's not fair on them. However, I'll contradict myself and say that HT's may want new talent in their school and will therefore encourage external applicants.

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