I'm in a bit of a predicament and wondered if lovely mners can help me.
In February of this year I got a new job in a new city, ready to start in september. It was to be teaching year 3. I went down to the school, planned with my new year group colleague in my own time, met with the children etc.
3 weeks ago the head called saying due to restructure, she could now only offer me a cover teacher role. She said she wanted to call me first so that I didn't just get a 'cold letter in the post', and offered me a 'get out' - I told her I would have to think about it.
ffwd three weeks - I've now secured a new job and have had the offer letter emailed to me but haven't yet had all the gumph in the post to sign it (bank holiday joy). I had heard nothing from original school since the head's phone call (no promised letter). Today I recieved an email from original school telling me when my induction day is.
My instinct is not to tell original school that I'm not joining them until the new contract with new school is signed - but am i allowed to do this? I feel massively messed around by original school and they have caused a lot of stress, especially during a relocation.
I hope this makes sense and any advice would be gratefully received!
If you have an offer letter at new school it all sounds pretty safe. I assume it is definitely the right post for you (class teacher like you wanted etc). I agree about waiting until you have full contract and signed it.
Perhaps email today to chase up the letter the original head promised and say you want to see the letter so you have in writing the offer she is now proposing to enable you to consider it fully against other options (i.e. hinting you are not definitely going to take up the job at original school and are looking elsewhere but not saying you 100% aren't or giving any kind of formal notice). This then puts it in writing that as far as you're concerned there is no formal offer currently and anything you previously signed is no longer relevant.
Good luck! And I agree it is the right choice to ditch original school. All sounds very disorganised to be restructuring after having you in to meet class and plan etc.
Just say as per the head's phone call the role is changing from class teacher and she promised to put this change in the nature of the role in writing. Then say again due to the change in nature you are considering your options and will let them know by X time (e.g. next week/two weeks time).