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Should I complete further study to help my career?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by cateh49, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. cateh49

    cateh49 New commenter

    I trained and taught as a secondary History teacher for 10 years with good success and highly commended in the classroom. I left to be a full time mum in 2008 at UPS3. I am a Welsh speaker and live in north Wales. I returned to teaching in 2013 and as there was no secondary supply available I turned to primary where there is a shortage of Welsh speaking teachers. I am now on my 6th short-term contract all within Welsh-speaking primaries. I have applied for permanent posts in many of these schools but have not been successful and it's been hinted that it is due to my expensive salary. I have had no success in gaining any supply work or short-term or permanent contracts in secondary or in English medium primaries. I now want a permanent post.
    Do I do a postgrad or diploma in say special needs or counselling to make myself more employable? I'm 47 in a couple of weeks. I would like to work part-time and don't want to go down a leadership route. I have asked my Union if I can reduce my wage and they have said yes, but I still can't see me being able to compete with an NQT without having more to offer.
    Any positive comments and thoughts would be appreciated, thanks.

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