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Where to find teaching jobs

There’s plenty to consider when you apply to your very first teacher job. Find out where you can find teaching positions, how to write your perfect CV, and prepare for interviews

How do you find teaching jobs

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

Find teaching and education jobs in education and teaching.

Teaching Vacancies: A free job-listing service offered by the Department for Education. You are able to search for jobs at an educational institution as well as a Trust in England and set up alerts for jobs.

Send direct applications directly to universities – Begin by stating where you’re currently working or in training. Visit your university’s job portal, speak to personnel at the school you’re in or your mentor to determine what opportunities are available. Go to the website of each school between the months of January and June to see if they have any openings and also use your network to keep in touch with the schools that you have participated in or worked for before. Reach out to schools you’re particularly interested in by submitting a CV or a visit to discuss your desire to attend their school whenever you can.

Services for employability and career development typically run teacher fairs for students that is attended by the local authority, teachers’ unions, schools, and recruitment agencies. They may provide an employment board or job portal and will be able to provide you with useful tips on local, national and international job opportunities.

Local authority – Authority list job openings on the internet, with some even offering the option of a monthly or weekly bulletins via email, which include the most recent teaching positions. They’ll also announce open days and could also run NQT database where schools can choose from a list of qualified candidates. The pool vacancies are usually utilized to fill primary positions.

Teaching jobs overseas – Although it may sound appealing however, make sure you’re able to finish your NQT year abroad. Many recruiters in the world prefer applicants with the required qualification at Masters level, for example, a PGCE and at least one year of teaching prior experience.

How do you find the best school for you

Start early, and don’t simply apply to every school you can think of.
Consider what is important to you, taking into account the philosophy, location and size that the institution you’d prefer to be a part of.
Check out the school you’re interviewing to help you get a impression of the school and determine what you like about it prior to your interview.
Read up on recent Ofsted reports and identify areas that need improvement and think about whether you are able to contribute to 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 alternative. You’ll need to sign up with an agency. This generally involves submitting your application or CV and talking to a recruitment agent.

Teaching supply can prove hard however it can be a great way to get some experience, experience different schools and come up with ideas. Ask for recommendations of teachers’ agencies and look for those that have a strong reputation within your region. Utilizing a variety of supply agencies simultaneously isn’t easy for you to handle, therefore you should consider beginning with just one or two agencies. If 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 quantity of work you perform. The agencies either schedule your work in advance, or they will give you an early morning phone call about 8am. Flexible you can be the more work you will be offered. Once you’ve gotten to know them better and work with them, you can collaborate with them to share with them about your personal preferences and strengths.

It is recommended to bring the work you have done with you to be able to take it with you in the event that there are no assignments at school set for you.
Applying for teaching positions

Schools typically recruit students through their own advertisement 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 accomplished quickly, so make sure you send the application form in as quickly as you can after seeing the advertisement. There is a chance to be successful applying to a school on a speculative basis by submitting a copy of your resume, especially in the event that you have connections to them.

A few local agencies, authorities or Multi-academy Trusts (MATs) operate teacher registration programs database, pools and databases that allow you to fill out an application in one go and indicate your interest. You can also submit an application to join them, perhaps to a specific school.

The registration process can begin at anytime, but typically following Christmas to set the start date of September.

Make sure you are specific when filling out the application form. Tell them about your accomplishments by focusing on your achievements and highlighting examples of your work within the class. Create a compelling 300 to 400-word personal statementthat shows you know something about the school that you’re applying to, speak about your program 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 as well as interview preparation. They might have a recruitment program with open positions which you could apply for.
Personal declaration

With two sides of the A4 document, it will show how and why you teach as well as what you’re about as an individual. Always study the instruction and make sure your personal statement is tailored to the requirements of the school. You must:

adapt you application for the schoolyou are applying to, such as their character, Ofsted report and latest results from exams
Visit the school, since many recruiters see this as an element of the application process . it could help you decide if you’d like to be employed there
Make sure it is proofread so that you can be sure there aren’t any spelling mistakes
Make sure your employment history is free of no gaps. If there are any, ensure that you’ve explained them.
inform them of the capabilities and extracurricular opportunities you have to offer.
demonstrate a love of teaching
demonstrate your achievements demonstrate your achievement, when you add value and have achieved your goals.

It is possible that you will require a teaching CV:

If you’re submitting a speculational application to a particular school
to be able to an appointment with a teacher agency
If you’re planning to move to another country or region and cannot visit in person.

Schools and local authorities typically employ’safer hiring’ procedures and therefore require all applicants to fill out a standard application form. This way, no one can conceal details, which could be feasible in a well-written CV.

School recruiters require candidates to have been to school before they put on an application. They will observe your movements around the school, particularly observing your interactions with pupils and staff. It will also assist you decide if this is the ideal college for you. Take note of the visit and the reasons you’d like to work with them when you submit your application, particularly in your cover letter.

Similar to 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 schools or agencies employ an individual profile that is targeted to 300 words, but not the entire CV. This allows the prospective employer to determine if they want to pursue your application to the next level. If possible include a reference reference. School recruiters are very busy therefore, make sure you put your experience in the first place to let them know what you bring to the organization.

In your CV for teaching include the certifications and experience you’ve acquired and include:

specifics of your teacher education as well as the grades you received during your teacher training assignments
Relevant modules of your postgraduate degree or course.
specifics of the school experience and determining the best place to put it within the range of age you’d like to instruct.
Any additional teaching experiences e.g. coaching sports, summer camps or youth groups
relevant experience gained through voluntary work
areas of interest that are relevant in the field of teaching e.g. athletic abilities or musical talents
Skills that can be beneficial for the job e.g. language, leadership, IT
the names of two current referees you have two current referees. Ideally, one from your teacher education and another from the teaching practicum.

Interviews for jobs

Make sure you visit the school prior to your visit to make a plan for your trial be prepared and don’t be afraid If you’ve been asked to interview, you’re an excellent candidate. In the course of your interview, you can be required to complete tasks such as:

Interview or tour with students in the school – this will demonstrate how you interact with pupils one-on-one, or in smaller groups.
assessment center – this may comprise any or all of the following assessments and tests. You will be informed in advance what you will be expected to do at the you at the assessment centre.
Group discussion/exercises – these could be conducted with others and may also look at how you work as a team and participate in the group without being dominating
Written maths tests, ICT or English tests they will be tailored to the subject and age you’re applying to teach. tests could involve marking work by a pupil
One-to-one or panel interviews generally lasting from between half and an hour with people who are involved in the particular route and position such as the headteacher/manager teacher in the classroom, tutor for PGCE/PGDE 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 that is suitable for music, PE or drama students.

Prepare your meal by:

collecting examples from your teaching and classroom experiences to demonstrate how you satisfy the criteria for selection
Re-reading your application and especially your personal statement.
keeping up-to-date with the latest issues in education like keeping your children safe
having a good understanding of the curriculum framework for early years in the country and the applicable guidelines of the government for your particular age group or the subject you are studying.
making plans for answers to the most common interview questions for teachers to help you get going
practicing an 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.
challenge a school or institution
do not minimize your accomplishments; this interview is the right time to feel confident in your abilities.
Let the interviewer talk all the time – keep in mind it’s dialog.
Do not forget to provide your teaching experiences in a variety of ways. Any claim with evidence.


Sound confident, not arrogant.
be professional right from the moment you walk into the school
Be honest, because your interviewers will want to know the person you are.