Finding a New Role as a Teacher

Teachers are highly-trained professionals who will often seek new positions in schools. They may want a new challenge, they may be looking for a more advanced role or they might simply be moving to a new area of the country. If you are thinking of looking for a new teaching role, here are some ideas: • Search for jobs online. This is the easiest way to find roles that will be suitable for you as you can narrow the search down depending on your abilities and experience. • Join a recruitment agency. They will be able to help you find suitable positions and apply for them. • Make sure your... Read More »

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses in ICT

Trainee teachers about to embark onto teacher training courses as a post-graduate are often asked to complete a subject enhancement course before undertaking a teaching course. The way ICT is taught in schools has changed frequently over the years with an emphasis now being placed on children learning ICT skills and simple programming from as young as 5. Even for trainee teachers who have a computing A level qualification from 3 or 4 years previously or for those who are looking for a career change and may even have a computer sciences degree, completing a subject enhancement course (SKE) in ICT will help to brush up knowledge which will be... Read More »

How to be Successful During Your NQT Year

Once you’ve trained as a teacher and have gained QTS (qualified teacher status), you will need to complete a year as an NQT, or newly qualified teacher. This year can be highly challenging – it’s your first teaching job, and possibly even your first ever job. If you’re properly prepared and know what to expect, though, this will make it a lot easier. Here are some tips to help your NQT year go smoothly: Be prepared. Putting as much preparation as possible into this year will give you solid foundations to build on in your future teaching career. If you plan good quality lessons now, you can keep reusing them.... Read More »

Newly Qualified vs. Experienced Teachers

Students naturally compare teachers, and today there’s even review based websites where you can rate your teacher out of 10, and one common trend that always seems to pop up is ‘young vs. old’ and ‘inexperienced vs. experienced’. A young teacher may perhaps be more enthusiastic, open to ideas and possibly more creative, while experienced teachers have all of the skills needed to handle a classroom, and have mastered various aspects of teaching. That said, some would argue that older or more experienced teachers are set in their ways, finding it difficult to keep up with the latest changes in education. Younger teachers straight out of university may be more... Read More »

Supply Work – The Advantages

There’s a lot made of supply work, and it’s often said that students use ‘cover lessons’ as an opportunity to misbehave. That may be the case in some situations, but many supply teachers demand respect, and if you’re comfortable enough to adapt to different environments, work in various schools and teach different children on a daily basis, then it can be a very good career move. You get a good amount of flexibility when you work as a supply teacher and you can often get the opportunity to accept or turn down shifts, so you work when it suits you. Many teachers have become very successful supply teachers, and in... Read More »