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Return to teaching - tricky situation needing advice

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by florencejane, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. florencejane

    florencejane New commenter

    Hi, I left teaching to look after my children full time when young. I taught full time in a small primary school for 3 years then returned on a part-time for a further four years (including maternity leave). When my second child was in pre-school I did some regular supply for an independent prep school for one year then planned to return to teaching part-time once my second child started school. I had a couple of interviews which went well but I was not offered the position. Then my youngest child got ill, very ill. Without going into details, I was unable to apply for anything for a year for practical reasons and another year as I wasn't emotionally ready. However now my child is doing very well and due to start Juniors in September and I am ready to return to work. I am writing for advice on applying for teaching jobs. Do I mention the reasons why I have not been working? Do I need to mention the illness in my cover letter or at interview or not at all? Have too many years passed to get back into teaching? I have tried to keep up to date with changes in education but would it be better to apply for Teaching Assistant positions instead as a way to get back into it or would this jeopardise a future in teaching? Confused, hope you can help.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    I am pleased to learn that your youngest has now recovered and is fit and healthy and going into the Juniors. What a load off your mind!

    Now it would be easier if you could just give me a few more details:

    How many years since you last taught? It is not quite clear.
    What KS did you teach?
    Where in the country are you?

    Then I'll begin answering!

    Best wishes

  3. florencejane

    florencejane New commenter

    Hi, Thank you Theo.
    I last taught part time in a permanent position in the academic year 2009/2010 and as a supply teacher in 2012/2013. I am Early Years trained and my strengths and experience lie mainly in teaching the Reception class. I have also taught and a mixed YR/Y1class as well as a mixed Y1/Y2 class. My specialist subject is Art and Design and I have taught this subject up to year 6. Hope this helps. I am in England.
  4. John_in_Luton

    John_in_Luton Occasional commenter

    Where in England?

    Reception teachers in south east England, e.g. London, East Anglia and, ahem, places like Luton, are hen's teeth. In the north, for example, they are less sought after...
  5. florencejane

    florencejane New commenter

    Yes unfortunately I am living in the wrong part of England @John_in_Luton! I have found a couple of positions to possibly apply for; just wondering your thoughts @TheoGriff ?
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Are you being coy about not telling us? ;)

    Best wishes

  7. florencejane

    florencejane New commenter

    I live in down South
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    In which case, if you are in the South (and not the SW), Early Years, then this is generally a bit of a shortage area.

    Not in any detail, you can just say something like I have recently devoted myself to my young family, but now that they are settled in Junior School, am very keen to find a school where i can contribute to the learning and personal development of the pupils.

    Not at all

    Not if you have been keeping up, reading TES regularly and religiously. For the last few months at least, if not all the time!

    Have you found all the advice articles?

    Tag me @TheoGriff if you need to be pointed in the right direction.

    Best wishes

  9. florencejane

    florencejane New commenter

    Thanks. That is helpful and yes I would love to be pointed in the right direction for career advice and especially interview help @TheoGriff. I am in the South West. Is that in my favour?
  10. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Er . . .no. Sorry.

    But you were being very coy - it was like getting blood from a stone to get you to say! SW is not very good for job hunting as there is less turnover and no large city full of incomers with young children.

    First things first. The interview advice when you get to that stage. :) There's enough here to keep you going for a bit.

    1. Looking for a job in a school I suggest that you read these in this order

    Get the TES Jobs App

    How to set up a Job Alert

    Get ready for the application season! * * * Must Read * * *

    When to apply for Senior Leadership Posts***NEW ***

    Why you shouldn't look at non-specialist sites for job application advice [​IMG]

    Writing speculative letters and sending CVs to schools, just in case . . .

    Jobseeking for the older candidate

    Are Academies right for me?

    Being on supply for ever!

    No job for induction . . .

    I got QTS ages ago, but have never done my induction year. Can I still apply for jobs as a NQT?

    The jobs have all dried up! Will there be more jobs for next term?

    Why don't schools write back when you apply, or ring after an interview?

    Potential problems with Facebook ***NEW ***

    Applications advice:
    I have included here links that may not be relevant to you, for the benefit of other posters.

    2. Applying for a job in a school I suggest that you read these in this order

    NQTs start here! *** N.B. ***

    Do I have to tell my Head I am applying elsewhere?

    Pre-application visits to schools

    Why you should always include an E.S. in an application

    How to get shortlisted for a teaching job *** The basic advice***

    How NOT to get shortlisted

    How do schools shortlist candidates?

    Common errors found in applications

    The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth!

    Who should be my referees?

    Can I see my references?

    Can your Head write a negative reference for you? Or refuse to write one? Can you see what was written...

    Can I ask a school not to contact my referees just yet? ***NEW ***

    Step-by-step: How to write an E.S. *** More basic advice ***

    Executive summaries - where to start when no person specification

    Person Spec too long - how do I do an E.S.? And where do I put it? *** Beginners start here ***

    Blank E.S. Pro-forma for job applications***NEW ***

    Letter of application for a teaching job ***NEW ***

    Sharing letters of application, supporting statements and executive summaries ***NEW ***

    Application form: how to present long list of posts outside education

    How can I provide details of examination results?

    Can I omit, on an application, a period spent teaching abroad?

    No CPD to put on the application form!

    5 common errors in applications

    Best wishes

  11. florencejane

    florencejane New commenter

    Oh great!!! Thanks for the advice links anyway. What can I say, I am coy... and not very forum experienced
  12. florencejane

    florencejane New commenter

    So just one more thing... is it better to go back as a Teaching Assistant, to get my foot in the door so as to speak?
  13. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    TA is not teaching.

    To be honest, if it weren't for the childcare possible problems, I would suggest supply teaching again.

    Best wishes


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