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Time off and handing in my notice

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by littlemissraw, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    Can you afford to be unemployed? This does sound harsh but unfortunately is the stark reality, it is sooo hard to get a job and if you resign they can withold jobseekers for 6 months.
    However your health has to be first and foremost, I know my NQT nearly saw the end of me. You can have 29 days off (I think - please check on TDA) over your whole NQT year and still pass in 3 terms, if you can get a final term elsewhere I think you should be okay.
    Please consider the pros and cons carefully before you leave. I resigned from my job July 2010 and still have not found fulltime work ANYWHERE.
    Hope you feel better soon xx
  2. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Do not make a hasty decision and talk with yur Union beforehand. There are fewer induction posts around particularly at the moment. Any head will want to know why you left the last post without a job to go into they are likely to also be sceptical and be wary of taking a risk. If you can complete the induction year you are in a lot stronger position
  3. Do get specific advice about your personal situation from your union. Schools that may/may not go into SM are stressful places and it will not be just you. If SM does arrive you will probably find a number of people loking to kmove and this, in itself, would be reason enough to move before finishing induction. If the school does not go into SM and you decide to leave you would be wise to have an agreed exit strategy so that any reference provided does not paint you in a bad light and that you can have a prepared answer to why you did leave (it can be related to personal reaosns that meant you needed time out to sort out your issues before returning to devote yourself to the teaching - this could be presented in a positive light.

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