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travel costs for interviews

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by abell4, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. hello,

    i am applying for teaching posts with the aim of undertaking my nqt year in september. i will be in glasgow for the summer and am applying for teaching posts in london. i have been invited to an interview early next week which is great [and terrifying]. i remember one of the heads of department in one of the schools i had a placement at during my pgce telling us that it is fairly standard for schools to reimburse travel costs to interviews. does anyone know if this is true? as train tickets to london and back are hideously expensive. if it is true when and how might be the best ways to ask the school if they would be willing to do this? i can't decide if it would be ridiculously rude to ask them before the interview? any help is appreciated!

  2. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    I personally wouldn't go anywhere near asking the school to reimburse you! If you want the job, you have to travel. It's not their problem that you are staying in Glasgow.
  3. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    You need to check beforehand with the individual school but the usual arrangement is to reimburse travelling expenses for second class travel by public transport.candidates are advised to find the cheapest ticket and book in advance. If a school is inviting you it is up to them to fund any expenses for candidates.
  4. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Whilst this is true for most schools, some do not fund travel expenses. Ring and ask for the school secretary - ask what the school's travel expenses policy expects you to do (e.g. will they want to see your bus tickets as well as train tickets, etc). If there's a pause and she then says 'Actually, we don't pay travel expenses', you'll know up front and can plan accordingly.
    In this way, you're casually taking it as read that they do pay expenses and so it's not making you look like it's a 'cheeky' query - which is what I'm guessing you feel it would be.

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