Jumping the gun

12th March 2004 at 00:00
Your job and career questions answered

I am thinking of applying for a head of department job in maths. Will I be considered if I have not taught maths as my main subject for four years? Have I a chance with senior management jobs? I have the skills and ability, but I feel that it will seem to those recruiting as a jump from being second in department.

Without more information, it is not possible to give a clear answer. What have you been teaching for the past four years and why has it not been maths? Have you been keeping up to date with developments in maths?

It seems that you are looking for promotion to a leadership role. If you have not yet explored that, it would be better to consider what skills you need for such a post and set about acquiring them before applying for a new job.

As there may be little difference in salary terms between the headship of a large maths faculty and a deputy headship in a small secondary school, be clear in which direction you want your career to be heading.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now