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Sorry - Work related question on a Friday night....

Discussion in 'Personal' started by teachenglishrach, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. Evening All,

    Just after some advice/opinions really and wanted quick answers hence posting in Personal. I'm currently in my NQT year and employed on a one year maternity cover. Two permanent jobs in my area have come up, one of which is at my old secondary school. I am intending to apply but was wondering whether it would be seen as 'odd' (considering I know the school) to ask to go and visit them for a look around? My intention is obviously to look from a teacher's perspective rather than the student's perspective I had before. The Head is still the same person but all the staff in the department I'm applying for have changed and I left there at 16 in 2005 - if any of that makes a difference!

    Apologies in advance for the lack of paragraphs, stupid Google Chrome!

    Thanks
    Rach x
     
  2. Evening All,

    Just after some advice/opinions really and wanted quick answers hence posting in Personal. I'm currently in my NQT year and employed on a one year maternity cover. Two permanent jobs in my area have come up, one of which is at my old secondary school. I am intending to apply but was wondering whether it would be seen as 'odd' (considering I know the school) to ask to go and visit them for a look around? My intention is obviously to look from a teacher's perspective rather than the student's perspective I had before. The Head is still the same person but all the staff in the department I'm applying for have changed and I left there at 16 in 2005 - if any of that makes a difference!

    Apologies in advance for the lack of paragraphs, stupid Google Chrome!

    Thanks
    Rach x
     
  3. slippeddisc

    slippeddisc New commenter

    No, it wouldn't seem strange at all. A lot will have changed in 6 years.
     
  4. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    A former pupil was appointed as a teacher last September at my school. Mildly strange for me to have someone on the staff who I used to teach, but not really a problem. They just went through all the normal processes of application and were treated the same as other candidates.
    You are a different person now to the pupil you were and will indeed look at the school through different eyes on a visit.
     
  5. Thanks for both replies - just nice to have some reassurance sometimes!
     

  6. Yes, I agree. It would look worse if you didn't look around before applying as they'd think you were assuming either a) Its the same as it was when you were a student or b) You will get an interview purely based on recognition of your name. Visiting shows you are taking it seriously.
     
  7. Cestrian

    Cestrian New commenter

    I was a pupil (a looooong time ago!) at the school where I teach - it was strange to go round on interview day as a prospective teacher, but in a nice way. It does make a difference that none of the department you will work in taught you, but I'm sure you would be welcomed by staff who do remember you. Good luck.
     

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