Applying for Jobs

When should I start to apply for jobs?

Apply for any job that you will be eligible for and you want. So, if you qualify this summer, and tomorrow see an advert for a job you would like that starts in September, then apply. There's no time before which you're not allowed to apply.

Before Christmas, there are very few (if any) teaching jobs advertised for starts in the following September. This does, though, change after Christmas. The busier times tend to be in the run up to Easter through until June. (Notably, teachers who want to leave this academic year can resign right up until 31 May, so there are still likely to be jobs advertised in June for September!)


 

 

Where are vacancies advertised?

The TES website (www.tesjobs.co.uk) is a good place to start, especially if you're looking for work in an area you don't live in at the moment. Other recruitment agencies include eteach and Select. It is also worth checking the websites of the Local Education Authorities where you want to teach. Almost all of them advertise vacancies on their websites, and many will be listed there but not on TES (because it's cheaper)

The NUT prints a list of all the authorities, including their websites, where appropriate. You can download the booklet here. (Although it is quite large!)





I am qualified to teach Primary, but can I change to Secondary?

If you have trained (i.e. by PGCE, B.Ed, etc.) to teach in the maintained sector in England and Wales, then you almost certainly have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). QTS is a permanent status which qualifies you to teach in any maintained school in England and Wales. That means that whatever age phase you trained for (3-7, Primary, Key Stage 2, Secondary, etc.), you are already qualified to change phase.

Primary teachers wishing to transfer to Secondary are eligible to apply for jobs in the secondary sector. You will, however, need to demonstrate your ability to teach your chosen specialism to at least GCSE-level, normally (in some cases, to A-level). It may be appropriate to undertake further training (perhaps an OU course) to ensure that your knowledge of the subject is up-to-date.
It may help your move to Secondary to involve yourself in transition work relating to the Y6/7 transfer, and communicating with the receiving Secondaries at your school. If you are able, you may consider seeking supply work in the Secondary sector to gain experience.

In some areas, Middle schools offer education across phases, to children in Years 4 to 8. If you are interested in changing phase, and live in one of these areas you may seek a post in a Middle School to broaden your experience. You can find details of all 250+ Middle Schools in England here.

Note that teachers in academies and other independent schools do not need to be formally qualified at all.




I am qualified to teach Secondary, but can I change to Primary?

If you have trained (i.e. by PGCE, B.Ed, etc.) to teach in the maintained sector in England and Wales, then you almost certainly have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). QTS is a permanent status which qualifies you to teach in any maintained school in England and Wales. That means that whatever age phase you trained for (3-7, Primary, Key Stage 2, Secondary, etc.), you are already qualified to change phase. The main exception to this is those people who have trained only for post-16 teaching (i.e. PGCE FE) who will need to obtain QTS before changing to teach in maintained secondary schools.

Secondary teachers wishing to transfer to Primary are eligible to apply for jobs in the primary sector. You will, however, need to demonstrate your ability to teach a broader range of subjects than is normally expected of Secondary teachers. Also, you will need to be familiar with current approaches in primary schools, including the effects of the Primary Strategy, and the Numeracy and Literacy frameworks.
It may help your move to Secondary to involve yourself in transition work relating to the Y6/7 transfer, and communicating with the receiving Secondaries at your school. If you are able, you may consider seeking supply work in the Primary sector to gain experience.

The current climate means that primary posts are highly oversubscribed, and so secondary-trained specialists will need to demonstrate an excellent understanding of the requirements of primary education.

In some areas, Middle schools offer education across phases, to children in Years 4 to 8. If you are interested in changing phase, and live in one of these areas you may seek a post in a Middle School to broaden your experience. You can find details of all 250+ Middle Schools in England here.

Note that teachers in academies and other independent schools do not need to be formally qualified at all.






I am qualified to teach at FE-level, but can I teach in Secondary schools?

To teach in the maintained sector, it is normally necessary to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is not normally awarded for FE qualifications. However, since 2012 holders of QTLS qualifications from the FE sector are deemed also to have QTS and are thus qualified to teach in maintained schools.

Note that teachers in academies and other independent schools do not need to be formally qualified at all.

 

 

Am I eligible to apply for all jobs?

Some jobs will specifically say that they are open to NQTs. However, even those that don't, you are perfectly eligible to apply. If you meet the criteria on the advert, and you want the job, then apply. The worst that can happen is that you won't get an interview. In some cases, jobs may be advertised where schools are specifically looking for 'an experienced teacher', which may mean that they already have a lot of newer teachers and need someone a bit more experienced to bring the right balance to their schools. But if it's a job you really want, then you can always apply: they may be persuaded by your application.


 

 

Where can I find details of Local Authority Pools?

Details of LEA pools are normally listed on the LEA website. They tend to start talking about them before Christmas, with closing dates varying, but generally during Jan & Feb each year.

The NUT prints a list of all the authorities, outlining any pool schemes they have available. You can download the booklet here. (Although it is quite large!)

 


 

 

How can I make the perfect application for a school post?

The Careers Service at Edge Hill in the North West offers a very thorough booklet giving advice on making applications for teaching posts. You can download the booklet here:

How to apply for a Teaching Post

Many issues relating to applications are also covered regularly on the TES boards. TheoGriff, a regular poster who is also a Headteacher has posted some excellent advice on applications, personal statements and related matters, all of which can be found on this forum.



What questions might be asked at interview?

For more information about interview questions, see the information in the following page:

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