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I am on the CT scheme but I wondered whether applying for promoted jobs will be frowned upon or actually the opposite in that CTs are costing money in authorities so they may want to use us to take up secondments etc.
CTs are by definition experienced in the art and craft of teaching and surely as good a manager as anyone who can bluff a 30 minute interview.
It may be cheaper to appoint CTs in management roles than an unpromoted member of staff.
There is nothing to stop anyone applying for promotion but I'm confused as to who would do the frowning.
Being a manager is a bit different to being a CT as you become responsible for a group of people, budget, attainment, discipline of dept etc etc
I don't see us suddenly being appointed to management positions without going through the interview process but yes that could be viewed as an effective way of saving money.
barbiedoll59There is nothing to stop anyone applying for promotion
Barbie, that is not quite right. When the Faculty Head post was shoved in, only promoted teachers (ie PTs) could apply, if the Fachead post was not filled, only then could ordinary teachers apply for the post.Perhaps it's a different scenario in primary?
For a lot of secondary teachers,any prospect of promotion has been blocked and I know many (myself included) embarked on the CT route to enhance salary and increase confidence. I believe that if CT is abolished then our "education leaders" will recognise the extra study, dedication, knowledge etc which we have and use our expertise.
I think CTs would make excellent PTs as we have put some thought into our classroom practice - how many PTs do we work with who do not lead by example and have minimal leadership qualities on a good day?
I achieved CT status last year. Recently, PT posts have been advertised in my field; the job spec seemed to fit seamlessly not only with my skills and expertise but also with the Donaldson review’s recommendations for the future role of CTs.
I pointed all this out to the powers that be only to be told emphatically that if I successfully applied for a PT post I would receive a PT salary – quite a bit less than the CT salary I worked so hard to get to. At that point the words “turkeys” and “Christmas” sprang to mind.
Firstly, congratulations Robusto!
The whole system is unfair, and before someone says that life is unfair, CTs all started out in good faith believing that we were going to enhance the educational journey of our pupils. On the opinion board (Scots) someone has pointed out (wrongly imho) that PTs are doing the same job as CTs, but not written the essay about it - shows what ignorance still surrounds the non-CT brigade! If I were younger I'd still do CT (to be true to myself and my beliefs about education), but I'm glad to be in my 50s and soon to be out of it as so many of the new ideas are bing made by the wrong people.(rant over.................sorry!)
I couldn't agree more.
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