I've already started applying for other jobs. I have three options:
- Apply for Primary teaching paid placements. In terms of studying Educational Psychology (my long term goal), this would be excellent experience for me. It is a competitive field, and if I was offered a placement I should really go for it. However, it means taking a big drop in pay for a year and effectively retraining, which puts pressure on my ability to complete my Psychology MSc. Although it would be hard work, it would be really nice not to have the behaviour issues I have in a college and not to have to deal with teenagers who are addicted to their mobile phones anymore! (Plus I did a primary placement a couple of years ago and really loved it).
- Apply for special needs teaching. This would also help me prepare for Educational Psychology, and would help with behavioural issues. I have taught Special Needs learners before and absolutely loved it. The only problem is, there aren't as many jobs in colleges doing this, and Special schools will want an applicant with a primary or secondary PGCE, not a post-compulsory one.
- Apply for Functional skills and GCSE English elsewhere. This would be the same job, so I can resuse resources, but be in a different institution which would hopefully provide better support for staff. It does seem a bit like I'm swapping something I don't like for the same thing which isn't ideal, but could be marginally better.
- Apply in a school that doesn't mind FE qualified teachers for Psychology or English teaching. Psychology would be great, as although it's still teenagers, it's something they'd have chosen to study. English might be worse, as it'd be bigger classes and a subject the students are forced to do. I haven't necessarily got the qualifications yet, but by May I'll have a level 4 diploma.