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Training to be a teacher takes so much time, patience, effort, and courage that it can be easy to forget about applying for a job before you’ve attained NQT status. The last thing you want is for all of your hard work to be followed by months without paid work, so undertaking substantial research and applying as early as possible is always a wise decision.

However, it’s essential that you don’t apply to just any school, as each one has its own ethos, culture, structure, policies and overall vibe, some of which could conflict with your own interests. For instance, whilst you don’t necessarily have to be a Christian to work in a C of E school, you might feel uncomfortable leading prayers in your classroom. Likewise, if you absolutely adore science, you may want to join a school with a particularly good reputation for opening up the subject to young learners.

This type of information can be found online, such as the school’s own website and in Ofsted reports, plus you can usually get a feel for how a school operates via its social media accounts. As for applying for jobs, below are a few routes that you should consider.

Job websites

A great place to start your job hunt is websites such as the TES and Guardian Jobs, both of which offer a handy job alert feature that lets you know when a suitable position has become available. These sites also present the opportunity to view vacancies in cities that you might not have thought about, which could present exciting opportunities for relocation to a new environment

Direct applications

If you have a specific school in mind, it’s always worth checking its website for vacancies. Being more proactive could bring even better results, such as contacting the school directly by sending a CV and arranging a visit, plus LinkedIn can be an excellent resource for connecting with top educators and recruiters to discuss your career goals.

Local authorities

If you visit the website of your local council, you’re bound to find relevant jobs within an easy commute, or even on your doorstep. Many also have an NQT database, which allows you to advertise your background, training, and skill set so that schools can reach out when in need of a new recruit.

Recruitment agencies

There are tons of local, regional and national teacher recruitment agencies to choose from. Impact Teachers is the UK’s leading agency, with hundreds of schools on its database, so it’s definitely worth a look. Still, we recommend signing up to more than one, as this will ensure that the maximum number of opportunities are presented to you as soon as they arise.

Events and fairs

A quick Google search will usually bring results for teacher recruitment fairs that are run by local authorities, universities, recruitment agencies and individual schools. These are well worth travelling for, as they bring together trainees and specialists alike from around the UK and even abroad, offering everything from informative brochures to inspiring keynote speakers.

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