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.
During my visit to Edinburgh on Friday 12th July, a letter for my wife dropped through the letterbox. I then posted the following tweet.
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!
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:
- I was born and educated in Scotland.
- I do believe teachers should be qualified to teach and that registration is vital for the profession.
- 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.
Needless to say, I can now announce the following:
Thank you to all those who have supported my online campaign to move north! The hard work starts here…
#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.
Tweet your job-seeking or vacancy requests to
#MyEdHunt for free.
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