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    I have currently firmed Oxford Brookes entry 2014 and insurance Bournemouth entry 2014. I am anticipating therefore taking a year out to gain some experience and eventually get some (nothing substantial) funds built up.

    At the moment I'm the Head Boy of my secondary school/sixth form and am very interested in teaching at secondary level (my specialist subject is ICT). The choice to take a gap year has been something I've thought about for a good while and had originally planned to continue with my current part time job and get as many extra hours as I could. However, I am now thinking that using this time constructively (i.e. building up education experience) would be a much better idea.

    I have thought about speaking to my headteacher about getting a job at my school as a teaching assistant for the year. I feel that this would be a fantastic opportunity to build up a view of the career but have so many reservations:
    - Is it appropriate to work in your old school, especially straight after leaving?
    - How do you go about asking your headteacher for a job?
    - Is the job actually relevant to building a career in teaching as I view it more as a caring and helping position (which I would love to do anyway)?
    - Will other school staff find it hard to act professional around me when I'm an ex-student?

    If any one has experience with this sort of thing then please help me!!

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