Looking for your first teaching post? An NUT guide will help get your career off to a flying start ! The NUT has produced a comprehensive guide to obtaining your first teaching job. First Post gives essential tips for your job search.
It contains lots of useful information and valuable advice on where to look for teaching posts, handling applications
and interviews, salary and pension matters, fixed-term
and temporary contracts, supply teaching and more. You can download the guide here.
Looking for a job
Vacancies can come up throughout the year, but most posts are advertised in May and June. A good source for job opportunities is TES magazine’s jobs supplement, published every Friday, and also online at tes.co.uk. The Guardian’s jobs section is also
worth viewing at jobs.theguardian.com/jobs/schools. Both publications allow you to create a profile or upload a CV and sign up for job alerts by email.
Local authorities advertise vacancies online. For details of when and where, see the NUT’s online directory of authorities at www. teachers.org.uk/nqt. Look out for local authority open days where you can find out about schools in the area.
Many schools recruit directly through their own advertising or on their website. Some may also write directly to colleges and university departments with details of available teaching posts.
Is it the right post for you?
You are most likely to be successful if the post you have applied for is close to the pupil age range or subject area for which you have trained. If you are prepared to be flexible, however, you will widen the number of posts available to you. If a post you are interested in is not advertised as permanent and full-time you should check the exact nature of the contract on offer.
If you are pursuing a school-based route to teacher qualification you should be aware that there is no absolute guarantee of employment at the end of your training programme.
Upgrading to full NUT membership
While you are training to teach, your NUT membership is
free. When you qualify next summer you can upgrade to full membership of the NUT. You will get four terms’ full membership and pay nothing until February 2016, when your first annual subscription will be just £1.
You can upgrade online at www.teachers.org.uk/join or call the membership hotline on 020 7380 6369 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) to arrange to pay by Direct Debit. You can upgrade to full membership even before you qualify to ensure you get the best advice, guidance and support from the largest and most effective teachers’ union.