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Your First Teaching Post

The Careers & Employabilty team provide information, advice and guidance to final year QTS students and PGCE trainees on all aspects of getting their first teaching post, through lectures, workshops and group work activities. One-to-one appointments can also be booked (see our home page for contact details).

The content of lectures and workshops include:

  • job seeking (sources of vacancies etc)
  • Local Authority recruitment practices (including teaching 'Pools'),
  • making a successful application (including matching a person specification),
  • writing a personal statement
  • interview skills

The team also organises an annual Teaching Opportunities Day attended by representatives from Local Authorities, and some teaching recruitment agencies, keen to recruit newly qualified teachers.


Resources available on prospects.ac.uk

prospects.ac.uk, the National Graduate Careers Service website has a range of pages providing information for newly-qualified teachers. Getting a Teaching Job is a comprehensive guide to job hunting with chapters on, for example, Where to Start, Sources of Vacancies, the Personal Statement, CVs, Supply Teaching and Interviews: what to expect. Copies are available in the library or can be downloaded from the links on this page.


Teaching in , Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland

Teaching in Northern Ireland
Teaching in Wales
Teaching in Scotland
The content can also be viewed via the Teaching and education sector page


Local Authority Recruitment

Please note that the closing dates for some Local Authority teacher recruitment 'pools' can be as early as November/December. Within in the teaching and education sector pages you can find information on the recruitment practices of Local Authorities via the Search local education authorities pages.  Visit Career Development if you would like help with searching for vacancies, completing applications and interview techniques.


Job Interview Preparation

Careers appointments are available to students preparing for an interview.