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When are you classed as experienced?

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by c.richardson, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. "The Governors of this successful primary school seek to appoint an
    excellent and enthusiastic teacher to join our effective and dedicated
    team. Experience is essential for this post. <u>Applications are welcome
    from newly qualified</u> and experienced teachers."

    As an
    NQT who has completed my first induction term on a maternity cover
    contract, would that then make me new but experienced? Or as an NQT who
    did a 4 year teaching degree with school experience in all four years of
    the degree across Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 as well as one of the
    placements being a month in France (teaching fully in French to French
    children and one Yugoslavian child who spoke no French or English) would
    that not make me at least slightly experienced in comparison to someone
    who has done a PGCE?
    I mean I apply to pretty much everything I
    can unless when I research the school I don't think I would be happy
    working there. But recently the very few jobs that haven't specifically
    stated that they want experienced teachers to take on leadership roles
    have given feedback that my application was fantastic and they love the
    supporting documents I have sent them "but unfortunately have went with
    experience as it was what best suited the school's needs."
    Has anyone else found this at all?
     
  2. "The Governors of this successful primary school seek to appoint an
    excellent and enthusiastic teacher to join our effective and dedicated
    team. Experience is essential for this post. <u>Applications are welcome
    from newly qualified</u> and experienced teachers."

    As an
    NQT who has completed my first induction term on a maternity cover
    contract, would that then make me new but experienced? Or as an NQT who
    did a 4 year teaching degree with school experience in all four years of
    the degree across Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 as well as one of the
    placements being a month in France (teaching fully in French to French
    children and one Yugoslavian child who spoke no French or English) would
    that not make me at least slightly experienced in comparison to someone
    who has done a PGCE?
    I mean I apply to pretty much everything I
    can unless when I research the school I don't think I would be happy
    working there. But recently the very few jobs that haven't specifically
    stated that they want experienced teachers to take on leadership roles
    have given feedback that my application was fantastic and they love the
    supporting documents I have sent them "but unfortunately have went with
    experience as it was what best suited the school's needs."
    Has anyone else found this at all?
     
  3. With wording such as that then yes you would be classed as having 'experience' this clearly does not have to be substantial as they state the post is suitable for a NQT and the most experience they could have would be either short term supply or some long term. - which you have. In reality the advert is badly worded since it is contradictory - you must have experience but the post is suitable for someone with little to no experience. I suspect that the advert is the result of a cut and paste from other pre-existing adverts they have on file. If they really wanted substantial experience then they should indicate this on the advert (e.g. Experience is essential for this post (min. 2 years) )
    James
     

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