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Speculative applications...

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by anon2047, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Is it the done thing to send speculative applications and CVs' to schools? Also, is it okay to send a Uni Obs form (PGCE)? If it is particularly good?
    Am desperate and don't know what else to do.
    Thanks
    Jaime
     
  2. Is it the done thing to send speculative applications and CVs' to schools? Also, is it okay to send a Uni Obs form (PGCE)? If it is particularly good?
    Am desperate and don't know what else to do.
    Thanks
    Jaime
     
  3. Most schools recruit the usual way - through advertisements. Have never heard of people sending speculative CVs. The school can't give you a post unless they have one and even if you send a CV they are still more likely to advertise as they will want the best person for the job (not saying that isn't you). I don't know how schools would react to speculative applications.
    I don't really know what to advise but I am sure other people with a lot more wisdom than me will be along shortly :)
     
  4. I appreciate your advice, I didn't know which is why I asked!
     
  5. Thanks for all of the replies!
    Eva, I have tried several different agencies and none of them return my calls or emails, they also cancelled interview appointments. I do not know why. One thing that is particularly frustrating is that I was told there is a 2 term maternity cover at a school that I applied for a job at, but the supply agency can't get hold of them. I discovered this vacancy whilst on holiday when the school was still open, but despite all of the promises they did not put me forward - they put non-specialist teachers forward as they said they had no one who could teach my subject! I have chased, but they cancelled an interview to go on their books...It is soul destroying.
    All I have done is sit in fornt of my PC all day every day so far, trawling council websites and supply agencies for jobs...
    Volunteering, this did not even cross my mind! Right, PMA!! Going to ring my first placement mentor asap!
    Thanks again,
    Jaime

     
  6. GloriaSunshine

    GloriaSunshine New commenter

    Jaime, it would definitely be worth contacting the school if you know there is a vacancy. Don't send a CV - try to talk to the head of ICT as soon as term starts. Ask if you could go in and observe a couple of days and ask if they know of any other schools with upcoming temporary vacancies. Try to get yourself known in local schools by observing sixth form in one, setting in another, BTec in another and so on. That way, if something comes up, they may remember you.

    Ring schools when term starts and ask how they get supply - find out everything you can about the local supply market. It could be that there are too many supply teachers chasing non existent work and the agencies are doing you a favour by not taking you on. Don't despair yet - there are often vacancies in the autumn term for two term contracts.
     
  7. Hiya,
    Thanks for the reply. It is at a school where I applied and is in partnership with the local Uni. Maybe they do not want an NQT?
    I will do as you suggest, I just hope someone will give me a chance...
     
  8. GloriaSunshine

    GloriaSunshine New commenter

    Yes, it may be that they need someone with experience. Good luck with your applications.
     

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