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Allywill · 12/05/2021 13:26

My daughter completes her PGCE in a couple of months and is currently applying for teaching positions starting this Sept. She had an interview yesterday, was told on Friday, had to prepare a lesson to be delivered to year 10s, a head teacher presentation (titles of both only given Friday evening) and prepare for interview. Monday she was on her usual placement in school until 4 then had to travel (Cambridge to Burnley) by train Monday night arriving at 10pm. Had to be at school for interview on Tuesday 8am. So far so good. It’s a lot to do in a very short timeframe but I get that’s how they do it.
However when she got to the interview, only her and a RQT who was already working at the school had been short listed. At the end of the day she was told she did well but that they were giving it to the RQT.
Am I being unreasonable to be annoyed? I feel it was a box ticking exercise and they knew who they were employing - she was just there to ensure due process had been followed. It cost best part of £100 to travel to the interview and she didn’t get back until 11pm that night. She was exhausted, disappointed and £100 down. When I was applying for graduate jobs (years and years ago) we got travel expenses - these were in the main private companies but I also got reimbursed for a train fare from the NHS. I suppose at least she has had the interview experience but it still feels very unfair.

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BeingATwatItsABingThing · 12/05/2021 16:41

Apologies for the double post. It didn’t show it had posted. Hmm

user1487755366 · 12/05/2021 16:56

Interview practice is brilliant CPD- I think you need to help your daughter see the positives here.

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