Becoming a teacher is one of the most exciting times in your career but it can also be nerve-racking. There’s a lot to organise, a lot to think about and importantly, quite a bit to do to ensure you find a job! That’s why we’ve created this blog with succinct, useful information that will help you through this exciting time.
As a teaching agency, we’ve been where you have been and so have our candidates. We’ve put our own advice in here, as well as that of teachers.
Landing your first teaching job
First and foremost, if you’re reading this as an NQT, congratulations on becoming a newly qualified teacher. You’ve been through the tough times to achieve a qualification that is held in high esteem around the world.
The likelihood is, you’re now looking for your first role, whether that’s permanent, contract or supply. Don’t worry if you haven’t found it yet, 9/10 teachers find a role in their first year according to the DfE.
Here, we offer our top tips for finding your first teaching role. Follow these steps and you’ll be giving yourself the best chance.
Do your research
Start your research and job search early. Attend recruitment fairs in the Autumn prior to your qualification. Schools will advertise their vacancies early in the New Year. By the Spring term, applications are open to teacher registration schemes and databases.
References are a great way for others to vouch for you and your experience. They support your application for a teaching post and could be the difference between you and another candidate. Ask your tutors and head teachers of schools where you’ve gained experience to write them up in advance.
It’s really important that you include a personal statement with your job applications. This is good opportunity to sell yourself and to explain why you’re applying for the role. Ensure that your statement is tailored to the job that you’re applying for in order to maximise your chances.
Use a good consultant
Ok, ok, sorry about this one but we had to promote ourselves a little bit. Consultants already have good relationships with schools and many schools use agencies to find NQTs, so securing relationships with an agency will increase your chances of finding a role.
Practice with family
If you haven’t attended many interviews in the past, it’s helpful to prepare answers to questions that you’re likely to encounter.
By practicing with family or friends you can perfect your best answers and go into the interview process full of confidence ready to seize the day and get the role.
The school interview
The personal interview is your chance to shine. Research your role and the school thoroughly. Understand what the expectations of you will be and look through previous Ofsted reports to help familiarise yourself with the school’s educational environment.
To find out more about how The Classroom Partnership can help, contact us today.