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Applying for Promoted Posts

Since the government decided to impose a moratorium on A and B posts, the only internal promoted post available to teachers is the Deputy Principal position as the Principal position is offered for open competition. Applying for a normal teaching position usually requires a standard application form and, perhaps, a cover letter but how do you apply for a promoted post?

There is no standard application form for a deputy / vice-principal position and it is important to clarify exactly what is required by the school if you are interested in applying for the position. If it is not specified, it is a good idea to ask the principal or chairperson of the school. However, more often than not, schools will require the following:

Letter of Application / Cover Letter

This letter should be addressed to the chairperson and should let them know that you are applying for the position. It should be short and should simply let the chairperson know who you are, how many years you have been working in the school and a few short sentences about why you think you’d be a good fit for the position. You can highlight one or two things that you’ve done in the school to deserve the position but be careful here. This is a position that requires evidence of leadership. Organising a school concert might be evidence of some leadership but organising the entire area of Special Educational Needs is the kind of level you should be giving. Don’t undersell yourself before you even get an interview. If you’ve done any leadership courses, this is also a good time to mention them. You should obviously also say that your Curriculum Vitae is enclosed and you’ll need some sort of ending sentence along the lines of how much you are looking forward to the opportunity to being interviewed.

Curriculum Vitae

This is where you need to show off your leadership credentials in a big way. Hone your CV to include anything that shows you to be a great leader. Being chairperson of the senior county team is far more important than doing online courses every year. The school will be looking for people who have led, chaired, started up or being at the centre of all sorts of things, not just within the school. There are other articles on this site that discuss laying out your CV so I won’t repeat them here but if you can ensure that you are selling yourself as a leader and someone who is able to get on well with other leaders, you’re going to have a good chance.

The Deputy Principalship is a big position. You will have to step into the shoes of the principal at times and even when you don’t, you’ll be expected to make decisions that will affect all staff and sometimes the entire community. You will have to have a really good relationship with the principal and you’ll both need to back each other up even when you might not agree. As deputy, you’ll even have to be willing to be overridden by a principal in the rare occasion where this may have to happen. Organising a school play will probably still be a responsibility but it will be a very very small part of your responsibility.

Last Update: August 20, 2017  

October 8, 2016   115   simon    Job Hunting  
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