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unsure of next steps

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by Looby_Lou14, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. Looby_Lou14

    Looby_Lou14 New commenter

    Ok, Long story short- I am ambitious and was lucky enough to be promoted to KS4 then HOD within my first two years of Teaching.

    At one point earlier in the year, I met with my current HT to discuss career steps, after holding HOD post for nearly 5 years. There wasn't anything to offer here currently (3 months ago), but he wanted me to stay, however he did support my applications elsewhere. He did say in this conversation that I was selling myself short applying for HOD jobs elsewhere and should consider AH posts. So I did: got interviews, withdrew from one, and was unsuccessful in another, however this was a good thing as it dawned on me that I simply do not want to leave current school (never about leaving the school, I'd just like new challenges etc.) This was made very clear to current HT and he was fully supportive and I trust him when he says he knows I don't want to leave.

    Today I have seen a vacancy for AH with a particular specialism at current school. Should I apply for this role? I want to, my heart says yes, but I wonder why it wasn't mentioned to me before if he felt I was ready? He has not contacted me about this advert- it simply went online.

    Considering he thought I should go for AH roles and my hard work and achievements, I feel I should apply, but I don't want to cut my nose off to spite my face, or make myself look silly if he really doesn't want me. My results have been excellent, observations outstanding, I know I could do the job and would LOVE it (I mean none of that in an arrogant way!) however I'm having a confidence wobble because I'm worried about my age (very late 20s" :O)

    Thoughts, anyone?
  2. Am_done

    Am_done New commenter

    Sounds like you've a good relationship with your head. Just ask him? Good luck!
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Age is an illegal factor in appointments.

    You could ask the head NOT about your age, but whether your experience is wide and deep enough for this post, or should you be concentrating on expanding it in some area.

    Best wishes

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  4. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    This is very good advice, especially because (as Theo and I know, because we're both former heads) simply asking the head "Should I apply?" will invariably elicit the response, "Yes, if you want to..." or similar. This is because the head can't say "No, you're too young/I want someone from outside the school/I've got your colleague Fred lined up for it..."

    Asking him, however, whether your experience is wide and deep enough (etc) as Theo suggests gives him the opportunity to say that he thinks you should probably do x, y or z and suggest that this specific AHT post is not suitable for you.

    I once advertised a DHT post and one of the AHTs I'd inherited said to me "I don't know if I should apply for this job...", clearly wanting me to tell her that she should. I was able to say that this particular job didn't suit her skill set, which was no lie because it certainly did not.
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  5. Looby_Lou14

    Looby_Lou14 New commenter

    Thank you all for your replies.
    Your advice is very much appreciated.
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Good luck!


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