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Returning to Teaching problems - advice needed.

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by TerryTheTeacher, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. Hi all, after an absence from teaching and the tes.co.uk forum I find myself here needing advice from teaching professionals.
    I became a father recently and have decided that being self-employed is not the best option and am interested in returning to teaching. I did a PGCE in 2004-2005 and did stints in Secondary and FE between 2005-2009 before going self-employed in 2010 (working with University level students).
    I have applied for a couple teaching jobs but not had any response so far - and am wondering how to get a teaching post? I have only been out of teaching for 13 months - do I really need to do a 'Return to Teach' course when I have been out for just over a year?? A friend suggested I just arrange my own placement within a school instead.
    I'm a bit nervous about returning, I had 2 successful posts - 2 years in a Secondary as an NQT then 2 years in a FE College - but I made the mistake of going to another school for a so-called 'promotion', a bad domestic situation and some bullying from 2 members of staff (1 of them SMT) resulted in me leaving after 1 term to avoid having a breakdown. Hence becoming self-employed and working with University students.
    I now want to return to teaching - almost feel I have a point to prove.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yours is a complicated situation. No, you don't need to do a RTT course, but your leaving school teaching to go to FE, then a very short period in the school before becoming self-employed with older students - all this needs to be presented very carefully to prospective employers. There is a bit of chopping-and-changing here, and added to the abrupt departure, I can see why schools may stop and wonder . . . so you are not perhaps being given the chance that you deserve, when there is so much competition for posts.
    And you, too, need to be clear about what you want to do. Secondary? Post 16? Undergraduate?
    Actually, I feel that your case is too complex to be dealt with in a five-minute post. I think that you need a one-to-one meeting with either Prof Howson or me. Look at the details in my tag and think about it. Contact Julia on advice@tsleducation.com and she;ll ring you and talk about what the best option is for you.
    Best wishes
    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 https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!

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