I am rather disappointed to report that I didn't get the job. Considering that it is the job that I've been doing for the last two and a half years, I have to admit to feeling rather kicked in the teeth. After short-listing me and putting me through a pretty rigorous day of interviewing combined with my regular teaching schedule, I was called at 7pm on Friday night and told that new legislation meant that they couldn't hire me.
Why, if the legislation was so clear-cut, I was short-listed, put through the interview process, and made to wait until late Friday evening to get told about it, I don't know. Something has happened behind the scenes that I don't quite understand, but the long and short of it is that they've hired someone else to do my job as of September and there will no longer be a History position open for me at the school.
I spent yesterday wallowing -- at the eminently sensible suggestion of lazlet
-- and have moved through being catastrophically upset and on to being quite healthily pissed off at whatever behind the scenes fast one just got pulled.
It's definitely time to move on. They made noises about keeping me on as a full-time cover teacher, but I've worked for two years to get my qualified teacher status in Britain, I started all of this to move my career forward
, and I refuse to be knocked backwards. I've spent three years at this school as a so-called 'supply' teacher giving evenings, weekends, and holidays (for which I did not get paid, I might add), working my ass off, writing new schemes of work and units, running clubs, and taking kids on trips. If that isn't enough to beat a newly qualified teacher who strolled in blind off the street on Friday morning, then fuck'em. They were never going to give me a job no matter what I did. I'm off to find a school that rewards my kind of hard work with more than disloyalty and disrespect.
Spending today searching the job ads, sending emails, getting my CV in order, and getting a handle on this 'legislation' business. Two fingers up to the school and good bloody riddance.