In the independent sector, teachers must usually give a term’s notice of their intention to leave. This means that we are now in the middle – and perhaps at the height – of the Easter Term ‘transfer window.’ Staff who are retiring at the end of the year have said so; a few more have successfully applied for jobs at other schools which were advertised last month when the transfer window opened. There is some recruitment in the second half of the Christmas Term, but most of the activity happens this term, and so just this week candidates have been interviewed for three jobs at my current school.
It so happens that I have also just been subjected to a ‘work check.’
Now I understand that the Work Check is now inevitable. It hasn’t always been: it used to be that a lesson observer would take a look at pupils’ books while…
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