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Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by nigelsherwen, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo,
    I have 25 years primary teaching experience in UK, Italy, Holland and NZ. I have a B.Ed., Master's Degree and an IQ of 140. I have taught in private, state, religious, primary and secondary schools. I currently live in NZ but am British and want to return to a private school in UK. Despite sending off several applications every month, I am lucky if I get any respone at all, and so far have had no offers. I am able to start immediately (subject to the flight time!). What do I need to do to get a school interested enoughto offer me a position? I can't believe that there are many teachers out there withas much experience, etc. but that seems not enough. Advice please??
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    That may be the problem. Experience = expense!
    There really are hundred of us mature, experience teachers out there who are all looking forvery few jobs -just try looking at previous threads.
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Plus, plus . . .
    As well as too many unemployed teachers, there are fewer jobs - 15% fewer so far this academic year. Schools can pick and choose, and I'm afraid that there are just too many points against you for you to be chosen at this stage.
    You are expensive compared with a less-experienced teacher.
    Are you clearly up to speed with current UK practice? Do you understand NC levelling, PANDAs and FFT, ECM and CP?
    Jack of all trades? Secondary AND Primary experience may not encoureage a school to see you as a specialist in their age group.
    Frankly, this looks suspicious - you must explain this carefully, as otherwise the assumption may be that you are unemployed because unemployable.
    Do you put that in an application? Hmn . . .
    But above all, above all . . .
    You cannot be appointed unless you are available in the UK for interview (at your expense) at short notice. No way, Jose. It's a Govt requirement to have a face-to-face interview, and most schools will expect you to teach a lesson for them as part of thje selection process.
    So there is no possibility of you being offered a job while you are in NZ.
    I'm really sorry to give you so much bad news, but believe that it is best to be blunt here, so that you understand the position.
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!

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