Help with applications and personal statements
Personal statements and supporting letters of application can be vital factors in securing an interview. It is also vital to research the areas or schools or nurseries you wish to apply to.
We have guidance notes for composing application letters and personal statements on our FAQs page. If you'd like some advice on compiling your application letters and personal statements please send your drafts to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Supply Agency Careers Fairs in May and June
Primary and secondary teaching careers
Working alongside the Education lecturers, we run sessions for trainee teachers on job search skills. Here are some useful links provided by our Careers Advisers to help NQTs find induction posts or useful alternatives.
A number of vacancies are notified to us directly and you can register to search them on our online job shop.
You should be able to find interactive materials on Finding Teaching Vacancies and a Personal Statements Workshop on your PGCE or QTS Year 3/4 Blackboard site.
Early years teaching careers
Early years specialists have some extra career options in the pre-school sector besides teaching posts at Foundation or Key Stage 1. Some of the main extra alternatives are:
Teaching in a Local Authority nursery school
Most nurseries and reception classes are attached to primary schools, but some are separate. When applying for nursery posts, you can use the same basic approach as when applying for primary posts, but with reference to the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum requirements. Teamwork and special educational needs are two themes that are often extremely important when applying for teaching posts in nurseries.
Children's centres provide a one-stop shop for families with a child under five in socially deprived areas, offering healthcare, early years education, wrap-around care i.e. 8am – 6pm, training and job support for parents. Exact provision will vary a good deal from place to place.
Working in Children's Centres is not as well paid as teaching and has specific requirements – in particular skills and experience in leadership/management, work with children under three years including babies, multi-agency working, work with families and understanding of social as well as educational issues.
Typical job roles include centre manager, childcare quality manager, nursery education officer.
Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) sector
The PVI sector includes private nurseries as well as national charities. Opportunities are more level 3 roles than level 6 with consequent pay levels and there can be problems organising an NQT year for teaching posts. However, there is a national initiative to upgrade the standards of PVI provision.
Although an unpopular choice with some students, all childminders are now registered with/inspected by OFSTED and must plan and deliver the Foundation stage. Childminding can be an option for a qualified teacher wanting to work from home and provides an opportunity to start up your own business.
Special Educational Needs
This includes portage and carework functions as well as the possibility of becoming an SEN Teacher, usually after gaining some initial teaching experience. Early years training/experience is an advantage for roles within Special Needs Education due to the amount of expertise in child development involved.
Mentoring and assessing for NVQs in Childcare
Educational psychology and educational welfare
As well as PVI sector jobs in the local press, early years vacancies can be found in in Nursery World and Early Years Educator. Links to these publications and other early years information are available.
Looking for work
Prospects website - Education community
Advice on getting a teaching job
Listing of teaching careers fairs
Induction for Newly Qualified Teachers
National Union of Teachers - Guide to induction
Working in other parts of the UK
Department for Education of Northern Ireland - for guidance for applying for posts.
Northern Ireland Education Library Boards - to subscribe to job vacancies notices
Northern Ireland Substitute Teacher register
General Teaching Council for Scotland
Scottish Curriculum for excellence
Republic of Ireland Department for Education and Skills
Education jobs in the Republic of Ireland