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zero applicants for jobs, whole departments empty

Discussion in 'Education news' started by dunnocks, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    I was offered a job this evening in a local school I know quite well. Whole department empty, it will be run entirely on non specialist, day-to-day agency staff in September. They have advertised 3 times and had nobody apply. They would pay me quite a lot to work there but I can't say I feel tempted. Everybody else left after cuts to the budget left the department so short staffed the remaining staff did not feel they could cope, It was a department of 12 at one point, but had been slowly whittled down to 8, at which point all of the remaining 8 resigned.This used to be such a good school. It is destroyed. I feel very sorry for the students arriving in September.
  2. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    It's all going to plan.
  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    This is bleak. It will be awful for the children and almost impossible for the staff. a department that size has to be one of the core subjects.
    How do you rebuild that within todays constraints?
  4. Summerhols6

    Summerhols6 Occasional commenter

    perhaps go on work place dilemmas and there's someone who is 52 who can't get a job! Ever thought the ageism in teaching is part of the problem? Nothing will be done because they want cheap teachers.
  5. thyr

    thyr Occasional commenter

    It will be absolute chaos. No direction, no continuity, no consistency. I feel sorry for both the students and the supply staff who will have to muddle through.
    stonerose and agathamorse like this.
  6. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    Definitely one for the media. But as my learned friend suggests - this is all part of the master plan. Every school that goes under gets snaffled up by one of Mr Gove's cronies to begin syphoning profits from.
  7. Clive_Candy

    Clive_Candy Occasional commenter

    Below, an extract from an advert currently running in the jobs section:

    If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

    We now have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced English teacher to join our close-knit team. Someone who takes a more creative approach to teaching would be perfect for this role.

    Salary: up to £25,000

    Perhaps it's me but talking about a 'business', asking for experience and offering "up to £25k" seems to say everything about why schools can't recruit teachers.
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2019
  8. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    I don't think this is an unusual situation, especially in science. Several of the pupils I tutor have been "taught" by a succession of supply teachers and often told things which were wrong. Two of them (at the same school) were given a list of topics for end of year exams covering all 3 sciences, even though they have not done any physics this year and had not been taught any of the physics topics.
  9. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    A friend of mine was head of maths at this school. He left when it became an academy because he didn't like being told how to teach maths by someone who's highest qualification was a GCSE.
  10. maggie m

    maggie m Lead commenter

    Unfortunately Gainly is correct. Until three years years ago we had a stable science department with a good mix of experienced and new teachers. New management upset several very experienced staff who voted with their feet. A couple of staff went off with wrs never to return and here we are with supply teachers often of questionable ability. We now have no chemistry specialists. Three staff have been recruited for September two of them are coming from overseas and as yet have never set foot in an English school. I feel very sorry for the pupils
  11. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Tool man. Someone stick a dumped Malaysian plastic bag over him.
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  12. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Triple double mega doubleplus tool man Gove!
    Laphroig, ATfan and MrMedia like this.
  13. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    I feel sorry for the overseas teachers. They have no idea what they are letting themselves in for.
  14. maggie m

    maggie m Lead commenter

    Indeed. The expression "lambs to the slaughter" has been heard.
    -Maximilian- and agathamorse like this.
  15. englishdragon

    englishdragon Occasional commenter

    But, surely all will be solved for BoJo will deliver Brexit by October's death!
    For then the world will be made right again.
  16. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Nay, the worlde shalt be unto a dire and most dreadful Hallowe’en horrorshow of restless spirits and direful spectacles of doom!. There. I have said the sooth.
  17. alcallanan

    alcallanan New commenter

    This is important. I am overseas staff, been working in the UK for the last three years. The reality is very distant from everything schools offer us. Despite keeping my head above water and being offered promotion, I am leaving the UK in 2 weeks. I hope that the staff who apply for those posts come across TES forums and see for themselves the nature of the beast.
  18. a1976

    a1976 Established commenter

    GOOD! Now maybe school leaders will get the hint. Let UK education FALL!
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  19. a1976

    a1976 Established commenter

    Good on you! The school obviously doesn't deserve you and I urge you to use your talents in a place where you are appreciated. I hope you are appreciated now but to think that your school is having a recruitment problem rings alarm bells.
    agathamorse likes this.
  20. a1976

    a1976 Established commenter

    Actually, I'm a conservative who is really wanting Boris to win. This rot (academisation) started under Labour and the "Every Child Matters" philosophy still lingers about.
    agathamorse likes this.

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