If you're a newly qualified teacher (NQT) or about to qualify, you need to start applying for your first teaching job...
NQTs often find their first position in the school where they did their work placement. It's a good idea to get some advice from the teaching staff in the school(s) you have worked in. Many schools recruit teachers through local authorities (LAs) and you should contact LAs directly to find out if they are recruiting.
The following jobs and recruitment websites provide a range of services to help NQTs find a teaching post:
You will also find teaching jobs advertised in the national press. Look in the:
Check your local press as some schools may prefer to advertise locally.
You need to have some experience working with the age range you would like to teach, either through paid work or volunteering, for example:
You also need to gain some practical experience during your period of teacher training, depending on which route into teaching you have chosen.
Applications for teaching jobs are normally made through LAs. NQTs register with the teacher registration scheme and their information is made available to schools with vacancies. It is best to submit your application in the spring term.
Some schools will also advertise jobs independently, so send an application to the school, even if you have already registered with the LA.
The procedures vary between LAs and the details held are slightly different from the local authority teacher registration scheme. Some local authorities also use pool application systems; this is more common for primary school vacancies. Pool arrangements are usually advertised in December or January, check the LA for closing dates.
Some LAs will conduct a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check prior to making the applicant details available, others use a screening process to produce a list of approved applicants.
You may want to consider sending speculative applications but, before doing so, research the recruitment policy for the LA and the school. Be sure to tailor your CV to the particular school or local authority.
Teaching vacancies are usually advertised between January and May, so you will have a better chance of finding a teaching job around this time.
Your personal or supporting statement will help you to match your skills to the vacancy. You will most likely be interviewed by a panel, you should provide evidence of your teaching experience where possible and make copies of everything you used to support your application:
Some schools arrange for candidates to be interviewed by pupils or other teaching staff, try to answer questions in a relaxed and friendly manner.
You may be asked to deliver a short teaching session, but you will be briefed about this prior to the interview, so you will have time to prepare.
Above all, remember if you have been invited for interview, you meet the requirements for the role so you already have a great basis to build on. For more advice on interviews see interview tips.
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