Action plan for successfully gaining your first teaching post | Oxfordshire County Council

Action plan for successfully gaining your first teaching post

Helpful timetable to help you get your first teaching job.

If you are completing your teacher training, you need to start planning your application for your  first teaching post.

Spring term 3 and 4

January

  • Advice and guidance on applying for teaching posts is available.

February/March

  • Take a look at the application form on the website. You can find advice for completing your personal statement on our web pages and/or contacting the Teacher Recruitment and Retention team.
  • Update your personal statement as you gain more experience on your teaching placements.
  • Start planning for possible interviews. Some secondary schools and large primary schools will begin advertising vacancies for September. Read our interview advice and helpful tips page.
  • Look at other useful websites such as www.tes.co.uk and www.teacherstv.com
  • Think about how you are going to present yourself at interview.

Summer term 5 and 6

April/May

  • Make sure your application is up to date and complete and be fully prepared for interviews. Many more schools will be advertising vacancies for September.
  • The OCC NQT Team will be contacting headteachers in all Oxfordshire schools with guidance on preparing to appoint and employ newly qualified teachers.
  • There will be lots of vacancies advertised in May so make sure your application and personal statement are up to date and you are clear about both your professional strengths and areas of development. Be willing to talk about what benefits you will bring to the school.

June/July

  • Update your personal statement as you gain more experience on your teaching placements.
  • Keep checking the jobs page. There should still be a number of vacancies advertised in June as teachers do not have to give notice of resignation until the end of May.
  • Contact the Teacher Recruitment & Retention Team if you have not been invited for interview by any schools. The team can advise on any possible improvements to your personal statement.
  • Remember to be pro-active. Look again at the advice/interview tips page.
  • Perhaps consider applying for a temporary post.

Autumn term 1 and 2

September/October

If you have yet to find a teaching post try and keep your chin up – there are other options out there!

Options if you have not yet found work as an NQT:

Supply teaching

You can work as an NQT supply teacher for up to 16 months. During this time, if a school is willing to support you in your Induction, you can start your NQT year and complete it at another school if necessary. However, this only applies if you have a contract for a minimum of two Oxfordshire terms. You can work as a supply teacher but only for 16 months from the first day of supply work that you undertake.

Children’s workforce

As a temporary measure, you might consider other posts in Oxfordshire’s children’s workforce (other than teaching) that would give you relevant experience.

November/December

  • Update your application.
  • There will be vacancies advertised for January so make sure your application and personal statement are up to date.
  • Check all the advice that is still relevant above and be pro-active.
Last reviewed
29 July 2016
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