How can I provide details of examination results?
For the last 9 years I have been on temporary posts, usually maternity covers. I am sick of being told that I am too expensive to appoint, at M6, so am now applying for Head of English. But the form asks for the GCSE and A-level results for my teaching groups for the last three years. How do I fudge this, as I haven’t got any!
No, being in temporary jobs, typically for two terms or so, means that you won’t have had a group for two years, supporting them to exam success. And there’s no way that you can fudge that. I will add, of course, that fudging is not the way to go about an application!
But there’s something more important here than just filling in an application form. It’s not just that they want to examine closely your actual results, although they do want to do this.
But above all, the school wants you to have specific experience. Experience of taking examination groups through the whole cycle, successfully. More than one group. More than once. They want you to have this experience because you would have to lead, advise, demonstrate, illustrate, guide, monitor, assess and perhaps even support or discipline colleagues.
If the department as a whole is not doing as well as it could. If one individual teacher is not able to provide the effective learning environment that the students need in order to learn and progress. If a government initiative means that the whole of the GCSE is thrown out of the window and a new set of structures, specifications, examinations have to be introduced... In all those circumstances, you would be the person to have to deal with it.
And you need both the ability to deal with all this effectively, and the credibility with the other members of staff.
Not having this required experience rules you out for consideration for the head of department role, in my view. I’m sorry to say this, but this is not the job for you, as you do not have the experience that would enable you to lead, manage, and support colleagues, develop the curriculum, monitor the delivery of learning and advise on its improvement.
And I cannot see how, in an application, you can possibly make up for that lack.
What it boils down to is ensuring that you fit the person specification of a job before you apply for it. Do a draft executive summary to see how many of their boxes you can tick. Not sure what that is? Read these blogs then, in this order:
How to get shortlisted for a teaching job
Step-by-step: How to write an E.S.
If you tick all or nearly all of their boxes, can really make a strong argument with a relevant example for each point, then go ahead and apply.
If not, not. Don't apply.
Some people say: Go ahead and apply – what have you got to lose? Apart from losing, wasting, your time on the application, you are losing credibility with that school. When, in a year or two, you apply again, and DO tick their boxes, there’s a chance someone will say: Oh, that’s the chap who applied for the post where he didn’t match our criteria. Poor judgment – bin this application too.
So always ensure that you are sending in a strong application by not applying for jobs where you clearly do not have the skills or experience that they require. You’ll save yourself heartache that way.