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Job openings - any ideas when?
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Pandacub7 · 08/08/2020 15:10

Primary teaching jobs are always competitive in this particular area of England, but I’ve heard that there’s been at least a 40% decrease in job adverts. Obviously this is due to uncertainties in all aspects of society.

I qualified with my PGCE QTS last month, but I’ve been applying since April. No luck. Some jobs I applied for withdrew their adverts. Any ideas when schools might start advertising again?

I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I have taught EYFS, KS1 and KS2. My degree is in a core subject. It’s so deflating and I’m worried it will be months before I find a job as a teacher.

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Hercwasonaroll · 08/08/2020 15:30

If you're core what about secondary ks3 roles? Or middle school if you're in that area.

You'll probably find supply work come September too. I predict a mass exodus around Christmas (people have to resign by Oct half term) so October onwards. However if the economy is in free fall people may stay for stability.

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Pandacub7 · 08/08/2020 17:55

@Hercwasonaroll thanks for replying. I’m not sure secondary would employ me as I haven’t taught teenagers before. Although I do have a Bachelors degree in a subject in demand. No middle schools around here, unfortunately. Didn’t know about the October cut off, so that’s interesting!

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PumpkinPie2016 · 08/08/2020 18:01

I suspect the decrease in vacancies at the moment is due to all the uncertainty around coronavirus. I work in a large secondary and we normally have about 10-12 leaving each year for promotions/retirement etc.

We had 3 this year. 2 had accepted new jobs before covid hit and 1 retired.

Similar to @Hercwasonaroll I think there may be a mass exodus at Christmas because of coronavirus and the ways of working which we currently have to adapt to. So, keep your eye on the jobs around Oct/Nov. Maternity covers crop up so might be worth a go.

You mention that your area is always competitive for primary -can you travel further/relocate, even if only for a year or two?

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Hercwasonaroll · 08/08/2020 18:05

I'd definitely whack an application in for secondary if you're struggling. Be honest about your experience but if you're maths we'd bite your hand off!!

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