Dear John, Applying for jobs whilst on long term sickness absence

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Dear John, Applying for jobs whilst on long term sickness absence

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    Dear John,

    My wife is currently off sick with work related stress after an awful term at her new school. She wants to leave her present position and some vacancies have come up recently. She wants to apply but doesn't know what to do in terms of explaining her sickness and is concerned about the quality of a reference from her new head. Unfortunately the previous head retired, then she had an acting head, then the school was closed and amalgamated with her new school so her recent references are all to pot!

    Prior to this she has had 15 years good-outstanding practice. Can she submit letters of recommendation from other employers and colleagues? How can she prove there are no safeguarding issues?

    Any help or advice as to her next step would be greatfully received.

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    It will be difficult to find a new post. Admitting that the merger and other changes created a situation that led to her stress is probably the best she can do. More likely is a return through supply work to re-establish credibility in terms of ability to work without a return of the stress-related illness. A conversation with someone at the Teacher Support line might be beneficial. www.teachersupport.info or 08000 562 561.

    John Howson

     

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