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How to get a teaching job

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There’s plenty to consider when you apply the first time for a teaching job. Learn where to look for teaching positions, how to write your perfect CV, and how to prepare for interviews

How do you find teaching jobs

You can begin your job search from several locations, including:

Find education and teaching job opportunities in the field of teaching and education.

Teaching Vacancies: A free job-listing service offered by the Department for Education. You can look for a job at schools as well as a Trust in England and set up alerts for jobs.

Make direct application to the schools – Begin with your current job or in training. Go to your university’s careers portal, or talk to the personnel at the institution you’re attending or your instructor to find out whether they have openings. Visit the websites of individual schools between January and June for openings and also use your network and keep in contact with the schools that you have were a volunteer or employed at before. Contact schools that you’re interested in by submitting a CV and contacting them to discuss your interests in their school when you can.

Employment and careers services typically run teacher fairs for students. These include local governments, teachers’ unions, schools, and recruitment agencies. They may offer an on-line job board or job portal and will be able to provide you with useful information on national, local and international career opportunities.

Local authority – Authority post job openings on the internet, with some even offering an bulletins via email, which include the most recent teaching positions. They’ll also provide information on open days, and they may also have NQT database where schools can choose from a list of candidates who are suitable. These vacancies are generally utilized to fill primary positions.

Teaching jobs overseas – Although this might sound appealing however, make sure you’re eligible to finish your NQT years abroad. The majority of overseas recruiters prefer applicants who have completed an education at Masters level, for example, a PGCE and at least one year of teaching experiences.

How do you find the best school for you

Begin looking for schools early, and don’t simply apply to every school you can think of.
Take note of what’s important to you, taking into account the school’s ethos, its location size, and the size that the institution you’d like join.
Visit the institutions you’ll interview in order for you to gain a better feeling for the school and determine what you like about it prior to your interview.
Read up on recent Ofsted reports. Identify areas to improve, and then consider whether you’re equipped to assist in these areas.

Teaching in the supply

If you’ve been unable to secure a job, or you’re not sure you’re ready take on teaching full-time If you’re looking to teach in a supply setting, then this is an excellent alternative. You’ll need to sign up with an agency. This typically involves filling out your application or CV, and then having a meeting with a recruiter.

The supply teaching profession can be hard However, it can be a great way to get some experience, test different schools and come up with ideas. Request recommendations from friends of teachers’ agencies and look for those that have a strong reputation in your particular area. Utilizing a variety of supply agencies simultaneously can be a challenge managing, which is why you should think about starting with a couple of agencies. If you decide you don’t want to work with one of them, select another.

It’s helpful to drive, however it’s not necessary as it’s not going to limit the amount of work you are able to accomplish. Agents either reserve the work ahead or they will give you an early morning phone call at around 8 am. If you’re flexible and the more work you will receive. When you are able to get to know them better, you will be able to work with them to share with them about your strengths and preferences.

It is recommended to bring your work to be able to take it with you in the event that there are no assignments at school that are prepared for you.
Application for teaching positions

The majority of schools recruit via their own advertising and selection processes. The best time to recruit is from February to June although positions can appear all through the year. The 31st of May is the last date that teachers must resign upon leaving their job during the summer. The process can be done quickly, so you should get the application form in as quickly as you can after seeing the advertisement. It is possible to get a positive result by making contact with a school in a hypothetical manner with a copy or your resume, especially when you already have connections with them.

Local agencies, authorities or Multi-academy Trusts (MATs) have teacher registration programs as well as databases and pools, which allow you to fill in one application form and indicate your interest. You can also request to collaborate with them, perhaps to a specific school.

Registrations can open at any time, usually following Christmas to set an October start date.

Be specific when filling out the application form. You should tell them about the things you’ve accomplished and highlight your accomplishments by citing examples of your work within the class. Create a compelling 300 to 400-word personal statementthat shows you are knowledgeable about the school that you’re applying to, speak about your school and the value you bring to the school. You should get some feedback on your application before sending it off.

Check out your careers and employment service for assistance with applications and interview preparation. They might have a recruitment program that you could apply to.
Personal declaration

Two sides of the A4 document, it will be able to demonstrate the way you teach as well as what you’re about as an individual. Be sure to read the specifications and tailor your personal statement to the requirements of the school. It is essential to:

make sure you tailor you application for the schoolyou are applying to, such as their philosophy, Ofsted report and latest results from exams
You can visit the school since many recruiters see this as an element of the process of applying and it will help you determine if you’d like to be employed there
Get it checked for spelling errors to ensure that there aren’t any spelling errors
Make sure your employment history is free of no gaps, and if there are any, ensure that you’ve explained them.
Tell them about the abilities and opportunities for extracurricular activities you have to offer.
You should show a passion for teaching
prove your accomplishments demonstrate your achievement, when you add value and you have reached your targets.

You may require a teacher CV:

If you’re making an speculative application to a particular school
to be able to work with an agency for teaching
If you’re planning to move to another country or region and cannot visit in person.

Local authorities and schools typically employ’safer hiring’ procedures and therefore require all applicants to fill out a typical application form. So that no one is able to hide informationthat is an issue in a cleverly written CV.

School recruiters will require applicants to have been to school before they put on an application. They will observe the students as they walk around the school, particularly observing your interactions with pupils and staff. It will also assist you decide if this is the best college for you. You should mention the visit as well as why you’re interested in working with them when you submit your application, particularly in your cover letter.

Like other CVs the teaching CV must be concise simple to read and well organized. To make your teaching resume stand out, you should start by creating a personal profile consisting of three to four paragraphs. Some agencies or schools use an individual profile that is targeted to 300 words, but not the complete CV. This lets the potential employer determine if they want to pursue your application to the next level. If you can include a reference reference. School recruiters are very busy so make sure to put your resume in the first place to let them know what you can bring to their organization.

In your CV for teaching Include the certificates and experiences you’ve earned in your teaching career, such as:

specifics of your teacher education and the grades you received during your teacher training assignments
appropriate modules that you have taken from your postgraduate degree or course.
specifics of the school experience Prioritizing where it falls in the range you’d like to teach
Any different teaching or teaching expertise e.g. summer camps, sports coaching or youth groups
relevant volunteer experience
areas of interest that are relevant with teaching e.g. sports or musical skills
Skills that can be beneficial in the job e.g. language, leadership, IT
information about two referees who are currently in your employ two referees, at least two from your teacher training and another from the teaching practices.

Interviews for jobs

Go to the school in advance and make a plan for your trial make sure you are prepared and relax If you’ve been asked to interview, you’re an excellent candidate. In the course of your interview, you can take part in activities like:

Interview or tour with students in the school – this will allow you to show how you connect with pupils one-on-one, or in smaller groups.
assessment centre . This could be a combination of the following exams and activities. You will be informed in advance what is expected of you at the assessment centre.
Discussions or exercises in groups – they could be conducted with others and may also look at your behavior within a group and how you can participate in the group without being dominating
writing maths ICT as well as English tests they will be tailored to the student’s age and the subject you’re applying to teach. tests can involve marking work by a pupil
Panel or one-to-one interviews generally lasting from between half and an hour with people who are who are relevant to the course and job such as the headteacher/manager teacher of the class, PGCE/PGDE tutor or governor
presentation/teaching or planning a short lesson – check the resources available in the school while you’re planning, this may be followed up at interview with questions around assessment, how you feel the session went, learning outcomes and planning
Specific task for a specific subject, such as an exercise designed for music, PE or drama students.

Prepare using:

securing examples from your teaching and classroom experiences to demonstrate how you satisfy the requirements for their selection
reviewing your application over and over especially your personal statement.
keeping up-to-date with the latest issues in education like protecting
having a good understanding of the curriculum framework for early years in the country as well as the relevant guidelines from the government for your age or the subject you are studying.
making plans for answers to the most common interview questions in the teaching field to help you get off to a good start
conducting a mock interview with a school recruiter, teacher, career advisor or university tutor
having questions ready to ask them about the school/training/route you’re applying for.


Don’t over-prepare, as the interviewers will you.
critique a school or an institution
do not minimize your accomplishments; this interview is the perfect opportunity to feel confident in your capabilities.
Do all the talking, keep in mind it’s an exchange of ideas
Do not forget to provide the lessons you have learned from your teaching. It is essential to back up your claim with evidence.


Be confident, not arrogant.
be professional beginning the moment you step foot into the school
Be honest, because the interviewers are looking to know the person you are.