Find out what it takes to secure your first teaching job from two of our trainees that have done just that, before they've even completed their teacher
Clair Sammons, CREC SCITT Trainee, 2016/17 Rosanna White, CREC SCITT Trainee, 2016/17
We caught up with Clair and Rosanna, two of our awesome SCITT students, to find out how they managed to secure their first teaching jobs while they're still on the course. They share their own stories and offer some helpful advice and tips to other trainees looking to secure their first teaching jobs.
You have to bear in mind that you will likely be up against a lot of other candidates, so you need to leave a good impression and stand out for all the right reasons.
Clair: I think employers are looking for passionate, creative and reflective teachers. Show potential employers that you not only enjoy
what you do, but also that you can learn from mistakes and take on feedback. Employers will also be thinking about how you will fit into their existing
team and what new teachers can bring to their school, so make sure you show them what you can bring to the table!
I also think the fact that I am interested in sport, and showed interest in wanting to eventually lead PE as a subject, helped me as this is an area schools want staff to be keen and knowledgeable in. It also showed them that I’m willing to offer something else and that I’ve got a bit of ambition, as opposed to just being a class teacher.
Clair: I secured a job within one of my placement schools, so my employer already knowing how I teach and my work ethic has been a significant
factor in securing the job for my NQT year.
But, I do think that you learn a lot during your time on the course and I think that the course itself does give you enough knowledge and understanding that you require to become a teacher -- your placements obviously help a lot with that too.
Clair: When applying for positions, I believe it’s important to show not only that you can do well on the course and in your placement
schools, but also how your previous experiences and knowledge has influenced your values and approaches to teaching.
Try and secure something as early as possible as it takes the pressure off slightly and you can focus on completing the course to the best of your ability.
Clair: My advice for trainees wanting to secure employment whilst training is to use your placements to not only show others what
you are capable of, but also to gain an idea of your ethos as a teacher and where you would like to work. This will help focus your job search
when it comes to applying for jobs.
If you're thinking about teacher training, make sure you take a look at our School Direct route to becoming an early years or primary teacher. We've still got a couple of spots left on our 2017/18 programme!!