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Youcantscaremeihavechildren Fri 24-Feb-17 22:46:25

I'm a HOD in a school which I mostly enjoy working in, kids are OK, fairly flexible with allowing me to go home to pick up my children etc if not teaching last thing, which is a huge benefit, mostly supportive but then lots of niggles like kids motivation is low, the subject is creative and is being dumbed down with non specialists teaching in ks3, I can't just teach my subject but have to teach other things I'm not qualified for, commute is 45 mins but can be nearly 2vhrs, they are planning to go to an odd term dates system which would mean barely seeing my children from xmas to july.. not much backup with behaviour etc..

I've seen a job. It's 5mins from my childcare, total 20 min commute. Girls school, well respected, seem to value subject. Same role but slightly better pay.
I just dont know if I should have a go at applying. I've been in my job 10 years, have considered looking around but not seriously, I'm probably low on confidence to be honest. I have always said I just want to be able to run a department and teach my subject. If I don't look for something new I think I will have to think about what I do, as I'm getting to be complacent and not enjoying my current role. I'd considered going 4 days a week as I could then eventually spend more time on my subject but not sure that's the answer either.
I just can't make up my mind to apply or not! Not sure if it's going to be detrimental to my current position as the head can be a bit petulant..if he likes you you're alright, if not watch out!
Anyone got any thoughts as I just don't know!

wobblywonderwoman Fri 24-Feb-17 22:48:54

Absolutely go for it!! It sounds ideal.

I am also getting complacent (15years in mine)

I would certainly go for it.

Haggisfish Fri 24-Feb-17 22:49:53

Apply!! Why would you not?

SuperPug Fri 24-Feb-17 23:00:48

Go for it! Similar situation at the moment, I think you'll feel more regret if you don't apply and it will significantly improve your quality of life if you do get it. Good Luck!

Youcantscaremeihavechildren Fri 24-Feb-17 23:08:39

Yes that's what I'm thinking. It's so easy to be settled into a school though isn't it? I love who I work with, I think it's the fear I could be going somewhere they demand loads of extra time etc, which although there's the usual at my school it's fairly flexible in terms of not having meetings at the end of the school day etc. If we stay it's because we want to.
Has anyone ever had a bad experience with their current head if having gone for something you didn't get it? I'd be worried I'd end up with the shitty end of the stick after applying elsewhere.

ImperialBlether Fri 24-Feb-17 23:10:20

Your head will have applied for tons of jobs and got some and not got others. It would be very unfair if she treated you differently knowing you'd had an interview elsewhere.

ChipsForSupper Fri 24-Feb-17 23:43:47

One of the few real perks of teaching is that we do get to spend more time in the holidays with our children than if we were in better paid, less stressful work with a workload more evenly spread throughout the year. If you are not getting that perk due to your school adopting odd term dates, then you may as well move on. If you do go for it and don't get it, your Head will probably breathe a sigh of relief and be more appreciative of you in future.

Good luck.

Haggisfish Sat 25-Feb-17 09:15:43

My head is very fair and spent time talking through an application I was going to make, very objectively.

Youcantscaremeihavechildren Sat 25-Feb-17 10:19:59

Thanks all, I didn't mention the closing date is Tuesday and I've got a weekend of anew overtired toddler, demanding 6 yr olds world book day costume to make and dh tiling the kitchen floor.. oh plus the marking amd prep! Somehow though I'll fit in drafting my letter and trying to remember what I got in my gcse's 25 years ago....

I guess I've nothing to lose, just need to speak to the head on Monday..I'm not going to worry about it, it's worth a look but I won't hold my breath for interview/getting it as art teachers are certainly not in short supply around here. If it isn't right though I wouldn't take it, I'd have to see what the working culture of the school is like, if it's all keen young types full of energy wanting to be at work for 12 hrs a day and having long evening meetings then I might not really fit in! (Not that I'm not full of energy and willing to work but prioritiesshift a bit with family life and I've got used to working arundel that)

Merlin40 Sat 25-Feb-17 10:23:05

Go for it OP!

MrsGuyOfGisbo Sat 25-Feb-17 14:03:59

Definitely go for it - 5 mins from childcare as well as the other benefits sounds great.
How about DH postpones the tiling, takes the kids out to buy a costume while you write the letter..?
Good luck!

DitheringDiva Sat 25-Feb-17 15:29:19

Just put an application in - I've agonised over whether to apply for jobs before, and then not even got an interview anyway! I really wouldn't worry too much about whether you really want the job or not until you get to the interview stage.

monkeysox Sat 25-Feb-17 18:52:44

Go for it.

Youcantscaremeihavechildren Sat 25-Feb-17 22:25:24

He's nearly done so tomorrow the day for writing the application! Yes as you say dithering (apt name btw) I might agonise over it but not hear a thing! I think it's just that thing with teaching interviews isn't it that you kind of have to tell them first and have to know before as you get told on the day, makes it so much more pressured!

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