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Verbally agreed to a fixed term contract post for next year - but seen a permanent post I'd like...

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by sparklychar, May 9, 2016.

  1. sparklychar

    sparklychar New commenter


    I'm currently teaching in a secondary school, on a year long contract. I'm an NQT. Although the school is lovely, it is not the ideal post as I only teach half a timetable of my specialist subject.
    They have offered to extend my contract by another year (for various financial reasons on the school's part) which I have verbally accepted, but they have not been clear about exactly what subjects I will be teaching (whether it will be my current second and third subjects, or even others). They said they may be able to create a permanent post.

    However, I've seen a job advertised that looks nigh on perfect for me - it's a primary subject specialist role that I would be very good at due to previous experience. It's only part time, so that's another consideration. To be honest, I'm not sure how happy I am in secondary.

    Can I go for this other job? What might the ramifications be? it seems like a great opportunity that I just don't want to let go, but equally I don't want to burn bridges.

  2. Malaguena

    Malaguena New commenter

    Go and see your present head. Explain that although you like the school, you really need a permanent post in your specialism and you have seen one you'd like to go for. They may well see your point and agree to let you go for interview. Or the thought of you leaving them might make them stump up something better.

    But you HAVE to discuss it with the head first. You can't just apply and hope they won't notice. You wouldn't be able to go for interview without their permission if shortlisted and you can imagine what kind of reference you might get if first they know is the reference request popping in their inbox!!!
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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