Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Another Thing To Add To The List

Following on from Monday's Things To Do In Spring List, I'm now adding

Look for a job for September
(I haven't been sacked/fired - so please do not panic!)

My teaching contract was just for this school year as I am covering someone's maternity leave.  I always knew that I may not have a job beyond July this year, but it was a risk I was prepared to take to ensure that I had a job to complete my NQT year in and was being given the opportunity to experience working in a lovely, friendly school with high academic standards. It looked like and has been the perfect start to my teaching career.

But yesterday I spoke with the headteacher and another senior colleague, and was told that they cannot guarantee a job for me in September because they are still not sure if any other staff members will be leaving. As the last date for resignation notices is the end of May and they would have to externally advertise any job, they both advised that I am proactive in looking at vacancies for September so that I can secure a new post in a good school.

It does make sense and it is something I know I must do so that I don't come unstuck and am madly looking for any job in June and July, however I have had such a super year so far and have worked with some fantastic colleagues that I hoped this would not be the case. I feel very settled and have a lovely team in Nursery whom I would really miss.

I'm trying to be positive and think of all the possibilities and opportunities: I can rethink location and type of school. I'd really love to stay working in Early Years but even Year 1 now seems more of an option. 

But still, job hunting is something I'd rather not be doing right now. Pedicures are far more fun.

PS: One cheerful thing which I should add is that we've booked our summer holiday: Another week in a VW Campervan, this time in the Outer Hebrides. At least this is one thing in 2014 that I can be certain of! x


  1. I am sorry you are unsettled for next year - I will keep my fingers crossed that you get to stay put, or that you find a new classroom that is just as nice! In the meantime, dreaming of your campervan holiday sounds like a perfect way to de-stress.

  2. Sounds like a wise thing, just to be safe - but let's hope you get to stay where you are.

  3. I'm sorry that this hasn't led to a permanent post but at least you've had a good year and been happy with the school and completed your NQT year. I know some teachers who couldn't find a job and had to complete their NQT years later after adding up all bits of teaching work done after qualifying. I can sympathise about the job hunting as I'm doing the same! Let's hope we both find jobs we love before September!

  4. So glad you've enjoyed your position so much, and I do hope that you find something else that you love as much, or better still that you do get to stay. Wishing you the very best of luck.

  5. Oh yes, I remember when you told us you'd got this job that it was for one year only. It's probably wise to be job-hunting now, but I know you'll be sorry to leave this post as it's obvious how much you enjoy it. But there are lots of other great schools out there, more kids to teach, more colleagues to get to know - I'm sure it will all fall into place for you. x