Avoiding my old school

24th February 2006 at 00:00
Q: I resigned from my awful job at Christmas - no support from the senior managers, difficult classes and so on. I'm out of work and hoping to pick up supply, but how do I explain this in application letters? I know I can't slate the school, though I've got good reason to. Should I say it didn't work out? I don't want to use them as a reference as it wouldn't be positive.

A: This is a tough call in the present job market. It is better to recognise that the post didn't work out, but stress the positives from your training.

If you are applying in the same area, it is likely that other schools will have an opinion about the school you quit. If it is as you describe it, they may accept it was a tough posting and not hold it against you. How you tackle the period without a job will be important to future employers. They will be looking for positive action on your part. Supply work, action to keep in touch with your career through self-study and voluntary work with children will count. Dwelling on the past and blaming your former school won't though - you accepted the post there.

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