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To expect at the very least an interview

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shinyshoes Fri 18-Jul-08 15:11:31

I have been volunteering at my ds's school for the past 3.5 years. I spent 2 of those years on placement as I was doing my Teaching Assistant course.

I haven't gone for any jobs as none have come up except for this week. A job went on the noticeboard last friday closing date for applications was on wednesday just gone.

I pplied for it and put a covering letter with it telling them how i'd been there for 3 years, I'm now a level 3 qualified TA and how i've worked wih a variety of children with diffrent learning needs, I knwo the school, staff, pupils,yadda yadda yadda.

It state that interviews will held on tuesday. The children break up in oooooh 5 minutes and I haven't heard a thing from the school.

I don't know how many have applied, so far it's only been advertised internally.

AIBU to expect to get an interview at the very least, even if I dont get the job?

I suppose the could ring Monday but that's pushing it, or is it?

I actually feel insulted, and feel i'm wasitng my time being there.

littlerach Fri 18-Jul-08 15:13:09

I would call the school now and ask them.

If they say you haven't been successful, ask them for feedback re your application.

belgo Fri 18-Jul-08 15:13:49

If the interviews aren't until next tuesday, you've still got time to hear something. Don't see why you shouldn't phone up on monday if you don't hear anything then.

LookattheLottie Fri 18-Jul-08 15:14:46

Call them, now.

ivykaty44 Fri 18-Jul-08 15:20:28

As far as I know the council when employing have to "mark/score" every application. This is done by thoses people that will interview. They decide they will interview the 6 people and then interview on the score on the applications. If your application scored 94% but there are 7 other applications that scored 95% and above then you will not get an interview.

For example in the application is gives desirable and essential and you write down how exactly you have done this in your jobs or home life before then it is scored. If you just put I have done this job before, I have worked with children it doesn't actually recieve a score - cos anyone could put that.

Have they actually contacted anyone for an interview yet?

Have you seen the postman this morning?

Thisismynewname Fri 18-Jul-08 15:33:19

Call them.

I got a letter for a job interview the night before the interview once, I had just assumed I hadn't got an interview but they were that slack. Was for a local council job.

shinyshoes Fri 18-Jul-08 19:00:13

Sorry for the delay I went to town to see Katie Price although I never actually got in to see her, I waited outside, damn those back entrances [sad}

Anyway, I took your advice and rang the school and said
'I have had a couple of missed calls and wondered if it were the school as I didnt manage to get to the phone in time and have been waiting to hear about an interview' grin.

Big lie

They said they sent a letter in ds's book bag hmm low and behold it was in there, Its for tuesday,

although I think it's a strange way of letting me know but hey ho, who's to complain.

Now i've got to get through the damn thing now grin

scottishmum007 Fri 18-Jul-08 19:07:27

hey good luck with your interview, i had a job interview last week and in the process of getting started (not teaching related) so I hope you get the same success.
You seem to know your stuff, been there assisting for a while. Good luck xxxx

shinyshoes Fri 18-Jul-08 19:23:26

Thank you, I'm really excited and nervous at the same time.

Fingers crossed as I want to get out of my regular job before maternity leave ends wink

ALMummy Fri 18-Jul-08 20:17:29

shinyshoes I have been looking at training to be a teachers assistant. Could you give me an info on how you got into it? Is it very competitive to find placements etc? I have a child with special needs so would probably want to look at specialising in that area. Do you enjoy it? approximate pay scales etc? What are the levels - what qualification etc? is it all on the job or college as well? Thanks loads.

Thisismynewname Fri 18-Jul-08 20:18:32

What a stupid way to notify you!

But congratulations, and good luck!

MsPontipine Fri 18-Jul-08 20:46:39

Oooh Good luck. Book bag hmm Honestly !!!

OrmIrian Fri 18-Jul-08 20:52:14

This made me sit up and take notice! DH is having an interview on Tues for a TA post and the closing date was Wednesday. Most of the other candidates are parents, all are women.

Good luck. Unless it is the same school...then boo hiss! grin

itati Fri 18-Jul-08 20:55:39

I think it was a perfectly acceptable way to notify you tbh. Why waste a stamp and now can you not look in the book bag for a week? Highlight of the afternoon here to see what is in there! [sad life emoticon]

belgo Sat 19-Jul-08 08:14:55

That's good news! Good luck. (It doesn't seem a particularly official way of informing you though).

shinyshoes Sat 19-Jul-08 17:19:18

AlMummy, I don't know about the pay scale I think it's around £7.00 an hour, I got into it through my local college, I first did a CACHE level 2 course then a Level 3, I should have not bothered with the level 2 TBH as most of the stuff mostly comes up in Level 3 anyway, this is mostly assignment work and I had to be in placement at a school for around 3 hours a week, I did 1 morning a week.

College was 10.00-1.00 on a tuesday as well.

I don't think its competitive for placements but I suppose it depends on the area, there a 5 Primary schools within a 1 mile radius where I live, so theres plenty for everyone, I suppose its different if you live somewhere more rural.

I did enjoy the course yes, it was heavy going though, not hard, but you have plenty of homeowrk when the assignments are due in, theres loads to write. I had an baby in between and still managed to pass with an 'A' grade.

There is an NVQ Level 2 and 3, this is more 'hands on' there very little assignment work but you have an assesor come and asses you instead. It depends on how you prefer to do it.

OrmIrian- thats brilliant news that men are joining the schools now, there should be more men doing this IMO,

Thanks for all the positive vibes everyone

ALMummy Sat 19-Jul-08 19:06:29

Thanks shinyshoes. Good luck with your interview.

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