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Too old at 56?

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by Dunteachin, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    I have been teaching all my life, it seems, and was made redundant last summer. I decided to take my pension early; it's not brilliant since I mostly worked part-time. I have supplemented it with fairly regular supply work at a local secondary school, an arrangement which suits me fine.
    However, I have been tempted to apply for the odd maternity leave or part-time position, but I fear my age and price tag, UPS1, may count against me.
    I would really appreciate an honest answer before I start to waste time and ink: am I washed up at 56?
     
  2. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    I have been teaching all my life, it seems, and was made redundant last summer. I decided to take my pension early; it's not brilliant since I mostly worked part-time. I have supplemented it with fairly regular supply work at a local secondary school, an arrangement which suits me fine.
    However, I have been tempted to apply for the odd maternity leave or part-time position, but I fear my age and price tag, UPS1, may count against me.
    I would really appreciate an honest answer before I start to waste time and ink: am I washed up at 56?
     
  3. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    Apply! Age and experience is a welcome asset, especially in a temporary maternity or challenging supply capacity!
     
  4. 56 is not old! I just took on a ups3 teacher of 53. No idea of her age at interview but v impressed with her brilliant attitude to children and instinct for the job. She kindly parents the parents and staff and is a champion for lively little boys. Teaching doesn't change.
     
  5. Nope - my old head of faculty hasn't had a problem at 57 - 61 getting medium term supply jobs. Someone with a clue, who can look after themselves and won't need heaps to watching over.
     
  6. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Thanks for your positive replies. I had quite convinced myself that HTs were looking for young, dynamic ( and cheap ) recruits. I shall look at things from a different angle now.
    After all, we are facing the prospect of carrying on until we are 65, now!
     

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