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01/03/2013 at 16:38
Im currently on maternity leave and decided a while ago that i didnt want to go back to my current school (55 mile round trip a day, highly pressured etc) went for a new job yesterday and got the job... yey!!
BUT ive seen another job that i would really want more, its in a private school so better holidays and possibly better pay, and its on 70% teaching timetable (which would be perfect) the job ive just got is full time, ive asked for a four day week and they are going to look at timetabling but didnt sound likely.
So what should i do? should i apply for the other job (i understand that it is unethical and quite frowned upon in the teaching profession) especially if i was to be interviewed and got the job!! I think i would be really happy in the job i just got.... arhhh i wish i hadnt looked now! the main thing is the time, having a day and a half off a week would be so nice!
any words of wisdom??!
01/03/2013 at 16:45
Aye, a friend of mine once explained this to me before... she claimed that you just *can't* do this. And even in the particular case she was talking about - a younger person we knew was going for their first ever teaching job; understandably applied for a few but was panicking about which one would get back to her first because she would HAVE to take that one and wouldn't be allowed to ask to wait to see how she'd got on with the others or consider their offers?!
I'm not being any help, but I find it very strange! Congrats on doing well though!
01/03/2013 at 16:57
I suppose if this is frowned upon I wouldn't apply. It could give you a bad reputation. You may get the 4 days and really like your new school. You can then always keep your eyes open after reasonable amount of time at the school. Congratulations on the new job
01/03/2013 at 19:42
A private school wouldn't necessarily mean more money BTW. It might mean less.
Somethign similar happened to me I applied for an aceepted a job and then that evening was 'headhunted' and offered another job ut couldn't take it. Teaching is such a 'small' profession that it would make thigns very difficut for you in the future unfortunately.
01/03/2013 at 19:43
BTW I'm not sure if you know as well but unless you return to your current LA and complete a term there after your ML you will be expected to pay any MP back.
01/03/2013 at 19:51
I would also stick with what you have. It's a pain but as QI said, giving backword could come back to haunt you in the future. Funny old profession!
01/03/2013 at 20:15
Ahem. I have actaully done this though, but the other way around.... When I was applying for my first teaching job I got a job at a private school in London. As I accepted it I knew it wasn't the right thing for me and I wanted to apply for other jobs. After a week of thinking about it I called the head, explained that I thought I had accepted too soon and didn't think I was the right person for the job and didn't want to mess them around, so would she accept my withdrawal from the post and she agreed. So I applied for the other one I wanted and got that. So it IS possible, but I think if you are going to do it you should ask to withdraw from the job you have just got before interviewing for and accepting another one. That will get you into hot water at some point. Heads talk to each other, and your name would come up in conversation somewhere!!
01/03/2013 at 20:47
Either do as Catarina suggests (and possibly not get the second job) or stick with what you have. Accepting the job verbally is seen as a verbal contract in teaching & heads do talk.
01/03/2013 at 20:52
Thanks everyone, some really good points... and your all right, I am lucky to have the job that has been offered and will stick with that... I really am chuffed that I got thevjob offer, I'm just going to forget the other job, thanks everyone x
02/03/2013 at 12:42
As a kind of aside - my mum's friend works in a small private school and the teachers are treated horrendously there, they don't get the same breaks and they aren't in a union. Not sure about the pay though.
So it might not be all that great anyway.
I think you'll see you've made the right decision. X
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