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What's the best way of finding a job in a public school?

Discussion in 'Independent' started by SEBREGIS, Jul 10, 2017.


    SEBREGIS Senior commenter

    I do see such jobs advertised in the TES, but I was wondering if there was another route in?
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  2. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    @SEBREGIS I think TES is probably still the best thing to keep your eye on. Some people sign up with eteach online and have found that helpful.
    You could try sending in your c.v. with a brief covering letter - hard copy, snail mail rather than email (or follow one with the other) - even better if you can find the name of who to address this to. Once upon a time you could end up with an interview/job this way (it happened to me once) but I think the chances are slimmer now. Still, nothing ventured...
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    It is a VERY quiet time at the moment for independent school posts.
    Currently, within 30 miles of my home, there are zero prep or preprep posts of any kind and just eight independent senior posts, 3 of which are teaching.
    This is normal for this time of year, so worry not.

    TES is the main way to find a post though.
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  4. asnac

    asnac Established commenter

    Independent schools may have vacancies on their websites, worth just flicking through the schools individually if you are only looking locally. Or try the corporate websites of independent school chains. But I expect these would be on TES also.

    While many maintained schools don't use TES and prefer to use local authority websites, it would be rare for independent schools to have access to these.
  5. bflat

    bflat New commenter

    Have worked in three independent schools, (only one of which I would class as a 'public' school) and they've all been advertised in the TES.
  6. willcott

    willcott New commenter

    Good advice from @ViolaClef and @caterpillartobutterfly.

    TES very much the first and best place to look but this is an extremely quiet time of year. Not least since most (all?) public schools have broken up for the summer.
  7. install

    install Star commenter

    Gotta be the TES for the best option in my opinion ;)

    Sometimes you might hear by word of mouth to give the heads up too...
  8. 8sycamore

    8sycamore Occasional commenter

    Please be wary. They aren't all beds of roses. They probably won't recognise collective agreements and they might exploit you. Yes, the students can be easier to teach as they are more compliant, but there's always a trade off

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