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Infant School

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Recruitment

Contents

  • What 'safer recruitment' practices are in place?
  • Why work for this school?
  • What vacancies are there currently?
  • How should I apply?
  • What happens if I am selected for interview?
  • What happens if I am offered the post?

What 'safer recruitment' practices are in place?

 

Safer recruitment is about ensuring that:

  • employment law is met
  • the most appropriate/ capable person is recruited
  • pupils/ stakeholders are safeguarded

 

All jobs are advertised and filled in the same way to ensure consistency and fairness in meeting employment laws.  Applications are only accepted via the jobsgopublic website linked lower down.  Interviews are carried out in a planned, consistent manner, by a panel with at least one 'safer recruitment' trained member.

 

Applications are sifted to select the people who initially appear to meet the criteria in the job profile.  Interviews probe further to get a fuller understanding of a candidate's skills, knowledge and experience (and address any gaps or concerns).  Sometimes a task will be used to further understand a candidate's capability for the role.  The person who best fits as the most capable/ appropriate is then selected as the desired candidate.

 

A robust system of checks is then carried out before recruiting the desired candidate.  As a school and because of our work with children we are exempt from the rehabilitation of offenders act that governs most employers recruitment processes to avoid unfair discrimination against spent offences.  We ensure that every member of staff is thoroughly vetted prior to starting work and rechecks are undertaken regularly.  Supervision, risk assessments, probationary periods and re-checks are also used as tools to ensure staff are appropriately engaged at the school and that pupils are safeguarded.

Why work for this school?

 

  • A small friendly school, giving something back to your local community and future generations
  • Union negotiated pay scales, increments, terms and conditions (outer London weighting)
  • Unrivaled local government/ teacher pension scheme
  • School holidays at home
  • Free access to an Employee Assistance Programme (24/7 counselling, financial and legal advice) to support your wellbeing
  • Discounted membership of Havering local authority leisure centres and classes
  • Discounted membership of private healthcare and free access to occupational health self-referrals
  • Access to an employee reward scheme (with over 3000 savings, discounts and vouchers)
  • Tax savings on the cycle to work scheme
  • Opportunities for Continuing Professional Development

What vacancies are there currently?

 

Where vacancies arise they will be advertised on the Jobs Go Public website.  All applications must be submitted through the Jobs Go Public website listed here (we do not accept applications or CVs submitted in any other way):

How should I apply?

 

We only accept official applications against an advertised post on the jobs go public website (linked above).  We can not accept CVs or general emails asking for a job.  This is in the interest of fairness and transparency.  If you see an advertised job that interests you and you think you are capable of performing the role here are some useful tips for completing the application:

Tips:

  • Find out as much about the school and the role before applying (the advert sumarises the job description and gives brief information about the school).  Doing this will help you to:
    • know if the job is a good fit for you and worth applying
    • better understand what the school is looking for and what you need to put in your application
  • Start completing the application carefully, make sure that you have read each question properly and have answered what it is actually asking
  • Give yourself enough time to complete the application and submit it without rushing (JobsGoPublic allows you to save the application part way through and return to it at a later point)
  • Refer back to the advert and ensure that any personal statement gives evidence of how you have met each of the points on the person specification (evidence means giving real examples).  You don't need to have done everything in the role before, but you do need to be the right kind of person, capable of performing the role - this is why a person specification is listed after the job description.
  • Re-read and double check your application for errors, or to ensure that you have not missed something important.  Perhaps you have repeated yourself and you could make it clearer for us to read by consolidating or re-organsing your points.  Ask a friend to double check it.
  • Submit your application before the deadline closes and then relax.  Once it is finally submitted try not to keep thinking about it - you have done your best.  Waiting is often the hardest part.

What happens if I am selected for interview?

 

Interviews are carried out for all positions in the school and you should ensure that you are ready.  There may be a task or preparation involved so please read your invitation letter carefully.  Try not to be too nervous, we simply want to find the right person for the job, we are not trying to trick you or catch you out, so don't be afraid to ask us to repeat or rephrase a question if you don't quite understand what we are asking.  If you think for some reason you might be late phone ahead as we may be able to rearrange.  If you need assistance in attending your interview (for example because of a disability) simply contact the school and we will be happy to help where we can.

Tips:

  • Read your letter carefully and follow the instructions
  • Ask a friend to help you prepare by thinking about the kind of questions we might ask and the kind of things you would like to say:
    • think about the role itself - what will we need know about you?
    • think about your experience - what would you like us to know about you if we don't ask? (there will be an opportunity at the end of the interview to tell us)
    • what else would you like to know about the school and the job? (there will be an opportunity at the end of the interview to ask us)
  • Get a good night's sleep the night before
  • Check your route and any travel disruptions (aim to be slightly early so that you are not rushing or worried)
  • Leave in plenty of time and bring your invitation with you (it will have the school telephone number on it if you are delayed or can not find us!)  Maybe you might like to print the contact and find us page under the key information menu or have it bookmarked on your mobile device.

Remote Interviews:

Where the need arises (for example during the COVID19 pandemic) we will undertake interviews by video link using Zoom.  Please click below and ensure that you are familiar with how to use zoom if you are offered an interview.  It is useful to have trial run with a friend.  Thank you.

How to join a Zoom meeting

What happens if I am offered the post?

 

We will contact all interviewees to let them know if they have been successful.  The chosen candidate will be asked if they accept the position and sent an offer in writing to confirm.  Then they will need to click the page below and start completing the relevant checks and paperwork.  All offers are subject to these checks and paperwork.

 

If for any reason your checks are not clear or you have been untruthful we will seek further clarification (discussions with you/ professional advisers) which may lead to the offer being withdrawn in certain rare circumstances.

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