Dear John: No TLR points are available at my current school, what should I do?

1st July 2009 at 01:00
Fully qualified teacher concerned over being left behind in the promotion stakes


I have just completed my NQT year and I love the school I am in, however there is little opportunity for promotion and there are no TLR points up for grabs. I don't necessarily want extra responsibilities at the moment but will it affect my job chances if I apply for a promotion at another school?

I don't want to be left behind as many teacher who I trained with are now gaining TLR points and I feel I won't be able to compete with them for promotion.


Since there are no TLR points available at your school, it is difficult to see what career you have there anyway. If at the end of next year the situation is still the same, start looking elsewhere for a post with a TLR attached. If that is too soon in your area, you won't be called for interview. If you are interviewed, you can measure yourself against the other candidates and see what extra CPD you might need to develop your career.

Much will depend upon whether you are primary or secondary and where in the country you are located.

John Howson worked as a secondary school teacher in London for seven years before moving into teacher trainingand consultancy, including a brief period as a chief government advisor. John is now a recruitment analyst, visitingprofessor of education at Oxford Brookes University and hosts ourCareer Clinicwhere you can post questions tohim.


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