Northernheckler's Blog

A Yorkshireman's adventures in the big Smoke

I’m looking for work

Do you have a job for me

Can you help me find work ?

I resigned my post as Headteacher of a Special School at the end of August. This followed a poor OFSTED report – which I felt was unfair and completely inaccurate – but nevertheless I have to take responsibility for.

It’s proving tough to find work of a similar nature, and I’ve decided to suspend my blogging activities and concentrate on finding employment as best I can.

If you are in a position to offer work, or know anyone who can – then please contact me – by leaving a comment below.

I’m a very experienced and highly qualified Special School Teacher, and Headteacher – having led two special schools – in both the maintained and independent special school sector  – and have led a 52 week residential special school / children’s home. I’ve specialised in severe learning difficulties, autism and profound learning difficulties throughout my career. I also act as a distance learning tutor on Masters Degree courses at a major UK University – although this is a long way from being a job which could pay the rent !

I’m also a confident, and I hope competent writer, as I think my blog has evidenced over the past 18 months or so – and I’d be happy to consider looking at writing as a career move – and feel I have particular knack for political writing.

I’d also be interested in a move into politics – but I’m not sure how to, or whether I can afford to – I’m a Labour member but have worked with people in all parties over the years – especially school Governors – and pride myself on being able to work with all people.

I live in South Bedforshire – North/Central London is an easy commute – as is the southern end of the midlands, close to the M1.

Despite my pseudonym, I rarely heckle – but I do have strong views – albeit with fairly moderate positions on most issues.

Please leave a comment if you think you can help.

I hope I’ll blog again before long.


  1. Not brilliant pay but could be fun (TES):

    Education Outreach Officer
    House of Commons, Westminster
    Parliament’s Education Service works on behalf of both Houses of Parliament to provide resources and support for students and teachers to increase their knowledge and understanding of the current role, work and history of Parliament. As part of a team covering the whole of the UK, you will deliver a range of educational outreach programmes designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to teach political literacy effectively. You will also work with young people aged 7- 18 in both formal and informal education settings, and take part in publicising the work of the Education Service to appropriate stakeholders.

    Salary: £28,434 – £35,723 | Closing date: 23 November 2010

    Have you also contacted consultancy companies like Tribal and FPM. They might be on the look out for consultants for their pool.

    Comment by citizenr | November 16, 2010 | Reply

  2. 52 year old teacher at a residential EBD school for boys (North of England), seriously considering kicking it in to touch after 30 years teaching.

    Very interested in a career change – surely some of my skills will transfer.

    Very, very interested to hear how you get on, and wish you the very, very best of luck.

    Comment by Trev Whitehead | October 24, 2011 | Reply

    • Well I’m back in a classroom at the moment – so no big change there. I’d tell you that it’s not an easy time to change career. Keep your head down and keep looking rather than packing it all in and looking later. Teachers aren’t the best paid people in the world, but they’re a long way from the worst. At least it never gets boring !

      Comment by northernheckler | October 25, 2011 | Reply

  3. have you considered working as a home tutor for your local LEA ( if it still exists?) Very rewarding work.

    Comment by Pam | January 3, 2012 | Reply

    • I’ve not needed to Pam. I did a bit of supply via an agency. First school I went to wanted me back, but a previous school I’ve worked for offered me regular supply, then a temp contract, which has since been extended. I’m still looking for permanent contracts though. There are signs that things are getting easier – interviewed for a Headship for one, and narrowly missed a Deputy post for another (with some sensible reasons why I wasn’t appointed, and a ‘keep me in reserve’ thank you letter). Also turned down a temporary contract as the one I’ve got made more sense. So not all bad. Still scary though, and a hell of a drop in salary – still money’s not everything ! Thanks for your suggestions !

      Comment by northernheckler | January 3, 2012 | Reply

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