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What do teachers contribute to a school beyond the duties of a class teacher?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by mrharris94, May 15, 2018.

  1. mrharris94

    mrharris94 New commenter

    Hello :)

    I've been invited to an interview where I have to give a presentation on the above questions. I currently have extra-curricular activities. Any ideas?

    Thank you in advance,

  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    The important point about this question is they have to be your ideas. Even suggesting vague areas you could consider, could influence your direction and suggest that you have no clear ideas of your own.
    And should a Head or member of the interview panel recognise this question as part of their interview remit, they may get a less than favourable impression of your abilities. Plus another candidate may see your ideas and use them themselves. because of anonymity provided on here the panel will hve no idea who copied who and will just strike you both off the list.

    So think, what for you are the important qualities which might be attractive to a School. (Don't give answers on here of course.)

    What drives do you have / improvementsh you would love to implement at a School?

    When those ideas you present agree with the School's vision then that suggests a good match. Being an internal and 'knowing school priorities and points for improvement gives you an advantage here. use it.
    JohnJCazorla and bonxie like this.
  3. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    From what I read on here, most teachers don't even have time to discharge the duties of a class teacher ...

    But as you've posted this in "primary" I'll throw you a no-brainer: subject leadership.

    In fact, I'll throw you another thought - don't go to work in a school which uses the interview to normalise the overworking of teachers. Shocking.
  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Advice to less experienced colleagues?
    Mentoring trainees and NQTs?
  5. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    Haven't you just read the job description and despaired at the vast amount of stuff that has sod-all to do with teaching. Just repeat that lot of garbage back at them and stop when they start nodding off about a quarter of the way in.
    Lara mfl 05 and drvs like this.
  6. mgladwin94

    mgladwin94 New commenter

    Super answer but I am an NQT who has been in the job for less than a term haha.
  7. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I was responding to the OP though, @mrharris94
    drvs likes this.
  8. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    One and the same. Someone setup two usernames on Jan 25th.
  9. abacus1982

    abacus1982 Established commenter

    Agree you need to think personally about what you could bring. This will also be different depending on where you are in your career. If asked this in my sixth year of teaching I could have brought experience of mentoring students and NQTs but wouldn't have in my second year.

    For me I'd have been looking at the values, vision and ethos of the school and discussing how I would promote these. I was also always a keen sportsman and ran a number of sporting clubs so would have been discussing that.
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  10. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    And if asked in your 16th year, you'd probably keep quiet about all the things you can do because you know that the school won't pay you properly for them ;)
  11. BTBAM

    BTBAM New commenter

    You'll smile once a week? Maintain a body temperature of roughly 37 degrees?

    Make sure you answer with intangibles - 'mentoring, great parent-teacher relationships, 'above and beyond with pastoral care' etc, stuff that isn't measurable. Don't let them tie you down to a 'club' or any other such nonsense.
    thefairyteacher and JohnJCazorla like this.
  12. lardylady

    lardylady Star commenter

    I empty the dishwasher at least once a week.
  13. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    There's a post going at my fabulous school...please come to us. You can empty the dishwasher every day if you really want to! :):):)
    bevdex and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  14. lrw22

    lrw22 Senior commenter

    We don't have a dishwasher but I occasionally wash all the mugs people leave around the staffroom. If I'm feeling particularly generous, I have even wandered around classrooms to collect mugs to wash.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  15. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    At least they did not ask you to bring an object with you to talk about ( as a visual representation of what kind of teacher you are ! ) - ha !
  16. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    .. I shared an office ( I was Secondary) with two colleagues who were also advisory teachers but going back into schools ( Primary) who had this task . One chose a plant and one chose a key lime pie !
  17. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    We have two posts available...:D:D:D
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