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27/03/2013 at 21:36
A job has come up near me that looks really interesting, perfect for me on paper, but it's at a new free school that is due to open in September.
I know nothing about free schools other than what I have googled tonight. A lot of good stuff, but a lot of bad as well.
I have no idea what to do. This is the only job that has come up anywhere near me that I could even think about applying for this year,, but I have so many doubts.
Anyone in the know?
28/03/2013 at 07:09
What is the set up/ethos? That would be a big factor for me. Otherwise I imagine it would be like working for an independent? Can you go for a look around before deciding whether to apply?
28/03/2013 at 07:11
Sorry just seen its not open yet. Could you have an informal chat with any staff they do have employed already?
28/03/2013 at 07:38
I think they have appointed a head and an assistant head so far, planning to open in September in temporary classrooms with just the reception year, with 2 full time and 1 part time early years teachers - they are the posts they want to fill now. Focus is physical, it's in an area of health and social deprivation. So it's basically having the initial input and setting up a school. I would love love love to do this, but the free school bit is bothering me.
Also, will you still be able to be in a union? I know the NUT don't agree with them- I'm in a different union though.
28/03/2013 at 09:25
Certainly sounds interesting. I'm not sure about unions. Its still a state school, just not LA maintained so would think its ok. You could check with your union. I'd try and have a chat with someone at the school and get more of a feel for what their hopes are.
28/03/2013 at 13:01
You can still belong to a union - your employer can't either insist you join a union or insist that you leave one. See this link for info on that.
What you would lose is the collective bargaining power of being part of the state school system, if my understanding of how teaching works are correct - unless the free school is planning to recognise the union and use the same pay structure/system. I've worked in jobs where we've used the pay structure for the main union although the union has not been recognised or had involvement in the pay bargains. (But not teaching)
You'd also need to look at the pension benefits on offer. Would you be able to pay into the same pension that you're paying into now. That could be a big disadvantage if you can't.
28/03/2013 at 14:26
I don't know much about free schools, but these websites might help;
I think as it's just setting up you need to be asking questions about their future plans, how they will build up pupil numbers, what their buildings are like, class sizes, catchment areas, resources, do they still have governing bodies, who will make this up, how much will you be actually involved in the setting and building up of the school. Find out if the 1265 hours still stands, what your pension rights are, what the pay structure is like and how much notice they give you to change this - is pay protected etc. It could be very exciting, and great experience.
28/03/2013 at 18:46
Thank you so much ladies, lots of things to think about. The head's calling me at 8pm for an informal discussion, so I can ask these things then. It's scary thinking about jumping into the unknown!
28/03/2013 at 21:07
I am SO excited about this now!
All my questions got the answers I wanted to hear and the things you ladies advised me to ask about I did and it all sounds fine. The Head sounds great - I know you can't know that after one 15 minute conversation, but I have a good gut feeling about this now. 38 days to get the application in, so plenty of time to mull it over and ask more questions as they arise.
oooooooh, I so want a new challenge and a new job.
28/03/2013 at 21:11
The one local to me was looking for supply teachers that were willing to work 7.30am - 6.30pm sp I assume they do the wrap around care as well. That is all I know about it - I would love to go and have a nose around and find out more. Have you tried ob the TES forums?
28/03/2013 at 21:18
No, I haven't ever been on the TES forums. Maybe I should wander over for a look. Good idea, thanks tigeresslady.
The hours are standard, but the school is open on Saturday mornings, but I don't have to work then. Extended hours is offered by others.
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