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Your Essential Guide to Applying to Early Career Teacher Jobs Near You

The Essential Guide to Finding ECT Jobs Near Me

Date posted : 18 September 2021

Applying for your first job as an Early Career Teacher (formerly known as an NQT) can feel like a mammoth task with a hundred different moving parts. But as educational recruitment specialists, we’re here to give you the whole lowdown. From job searches and personal statements to interview tips, we’ve pulled together everything you need to know about applying for NQT jobs in 2022.  

How to search for teaching jobs  

The peak time for teaching job applications is between February and June, with 31st May as the final date for teachers to hand their notice in if they want to leave before September.  

There are a number of places where you can start your job search: 

  • Newspapers and Online - Guardian Jobs and TES are two popular locations to search for new teaching vacancies.  
  • Local Authority websites - Your local authority will advertise the latest jobs online, plus details local schools’ open days.  
  • Teaching Jobs Abroad - If you choose this route always check that you can complete your NQT year abroad before you apply.  
  • The NQT Pool from Teaching Personnel - Thousands of Early Career Teachers across England and Wales use our ECT Pool to get the best shot at jobs at local schools. Our consultants build up an in-depth profile of your skills, abilities, and goals. We then reach out to schools looking to recruit Early Career Teachers in order to match you with your perfect job placement.  

How to find the right school for me

Every school is different, and some will suit your teaching style and professional goals more than others. In order to make sure you’re applying to the right schools for you, first, you need to know what type of school you would like to work at (think about ethos as well as size). You can also take the time to visit any schools you may be interviewing at. If that’s not possible, you can always read their most recent Ofsted report online. 

How to apply for teaching jobs near me

Schools application processes can vary, but will normally consist of an application form, CV, and personal statement.   

Completing an application can be a lengthy process. These rules of thumb will help you make the process more efficient.  

  • Tailor your application to the school. 
  • Proofread and ensure there are no mistakes. 
  • Outline your experience and how it is relevant to the position 
  • Highlight your skills and any extracurricular opportunities you can bring 
  • Convey a passion for teaching 
  • Give evidence of your successes, and where you will add value.  

If you’re asked to provide a teaching CV, make sure you’re highlighting your main qualifications and experience, including: 

  • Details of your teacher training 
  • Relevant modules from your degree/postgraduate course 
  • Teaching experience relevant to the position  
  • Interests relevant to teaching skills that will be useful in the role  
  • Details of two current referees, ideally one from your teacher training and one from teaching practice 

What to expect from the job interview

Just like the application process, each job interview will be different depending on the school. However, you can expect to complete the following:  

  • Teaching a short lesson 
  • Formal panel interview with the headteacher, head of the department, and a student  
  • Tour of the school with a student  

You’ve got a lot of ways to prepare for your first interview as a newly qualified teacher. Make sure you are up to date on current educational issues (such as safeguarding) and have a number of relevant examples to hand to back up any answers you may give. You will be given the topic for your short lesson in advance, so give yourself enough time to plan and practice your lesson a number of times.  

If your lesson requires resources bring them with you on the day. Finally, remember the whole day is your interview, so be friendly and engaged with every staff member and student you meet.  

Teaching Personnel can do the hard work for you

As you may have guessed, applying for your first NQT job can be a long and onerous process. That’s why Teaching Personnel created our ECT Pool.  

Instead of typing up endless CVs and personal statements, you simply fill out one short form. Once we’ve received your details, our specialist education recruitment consultants will get to work matching you up and promoting you to the right schools near you. 

Join thousands of newly qualified teachers and start your teaching career by registering for free with our ECT Pool.  

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