#Find_TTkit_A_Job *UPDATE* by @TeacherToolkit

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For those of you who follow my blog or movements on Twitter, you will be fully aware of this post in February 2013 in which I published my intentions of moving away from London, to Scotland. The purpose was to use Twitter as my eyes and ears in the job-hunting process; to alert me of opportunities, whilst remaining professional and private (in terms of applications) with my pursuits.

The intention was always to participate in the application and recruitment process; but use social-media as a forum to connect with colleagues and schools across the UK; and more specifically, schools 500 miles north of London. Potentially creating a small group of colleagues who would share job-advertisements with me… Six months later, this is starting to happen.

The long-term plan:

To find a Deputy Headteacher job or similar; in a secondary school in Scotland. Ideally within 30 miles of any major city. Ideal locations are Dundee; Stirling; Perth and along the coast to Aberdeen. For full details of what I hope to achieve, plus updates from January to June 2013 – specifically with the registration process with the GTCS, please click here and skip to the bottom of the page.

Latest update:

During my visit to Edinburgh on Friday 12th July, a letter for my wife dropped through the letterbox. I then posted the following tweet.

Click to view the conversation
Click to view the conversation

Unbeknownst to me, the GTCS were opening the BELMAS Annual Conference 2013 – of which I was attending later that day. What transpired, was a Twitter-conversation with @GTCS_Tom (Tom Hamilton), who is responsible for the development, promotion and implementation of the Council’s educational policy and leads the Council’s Education team. Click here.

It caused a little fuss to say the least!

https://twitter.com/TeacherToolkit/statuses/355748121025843201
https://twitter.com/TeacherToolkit/statuses/355748121025843201

Well, I am glad to report, that I did meet Tom Hamilton at BELMAS. We shook hands and had a brief conversation during the leadership conference. What I did state to Tom was three clear and important points:

  1. I was born and educated in Scotland.
  2. I do believe teachers should be qualified to teach and that registration is vital for the profession.
  3. BUT, not at the expense of a registration process that is pedantic and a hair-splitting process that is not only incessant, but potentially off-putting.

Final decision:

Needless to say, I can now announce the following:

Arrived in June 2013
Arrived in June 2013

Thank you to all those who have supported my online campaign to move north! The hard work starts here…

London to Scotland

#MyEdHunt / @MyEdHunt:

As a spin-off to these various posts and my registration process; @MrLockyer and I curated @MyEdHunt which is a (Beta) job-hunting revolution, offering a forum for schools & teachers to head-hunt their own employment! You can register your details here · rocketstart.me/EduProNet or simply tweet your job-seeker advert to @MyEdHunt.

@MyEdHunt - Tweet your advert to #MyEdHunt
@MyEdHunt – Tweet your advert to #MyEdHunt

Tweet your job-seeking or vacancy requests to #MyEdHunt for free.

@TeacherToolkit

In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account in which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated for '500 Most Influential People in Britain' in The Sunday Times as one of the most influential in the field of education - he remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing online as @TeacherToolkit, he rebuilt this website (c2008) into what you are now reading, as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the number one spot at the UK Blog Awards (2018). Today, he is currently a PGCE tutor and is researching 'social media and its influence on education policy' for his EdD at Cambridge University. In 1993, he started teaching and is an experienced school leader working in some of the toughest schools in London. He is also a former Teaching Awards winner for 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, London' (2004) and has written several books on teaching (2013-2018). Read more...

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