Dear John: Can I apply for jobs while under suspension?


Due to various reasons I decided to look for a new job. I applied for a vacancy and told the head only to get slapped with a disciplinary that I don’t believe I was at fault for. After much discussion with friends and family I decided to resign, but a few days later I found myself suspended. So my question is, although I am suspended, can I still look for work because I resigned before I had any idea that a suspension was on the cards, and can I apply within the same LA?


Talk with the national HQ of your professional association, they have staff on duty over the summer and can direct you to an appropriate person. This needs clearing up quickly especially if, having resigned, you salary stops at the end of August.

Although there are few jobs to apply for now, even if you find one, you will have to declare what has happened. If you think the suspension is vexatious, you might talk with a lawyer about how to clear your name although this would cost money unless, being unemployed, you could claim legal aid.

I’m afraid without knowing more about the background to the suspension, this can only be very general advice.


John Howson worked as a secondary school teacher in London for seven years before moving into teacher training and consultancy, including a brief period as a chief government advisor. John is now a recruitment analyst, visiting professor of education at Oxford Brookes University and hosts our Career Clinic where you can post questions to him.