At Pertemps Education, we work with primary, secondary and SEN schools across Essex, Suffolk and London. Our schools come to us with exclusive NQT vacancies that aren’t advertised on the open market. That’s because we know our schools inside and out!
You’ll want to be confident about which schools will support you through your induction year, and what kind of qualities they’re looking for. Our dedicated consultants will work hard to get to know you and learn exactly what kind of school you want to work in.
We all know what our dream role would be. But it can be difficult to ensure that you’re the stand-out candidate. There are a lot of little details that can impact your application, so take a look at our useful tips to keep you one step ahead - Pertemps can help you land the role you want!
Tailor your application for each school
It’s often tempting to send out the same cover letter and personal statement to every school, however, it’s essential to tailor your application to the role advertised. It is important you study the job description and the school’s website to ensure you describe how you meet the criteria the school is looking for.
We know that schools want to keep improving. They may focus on increasing their range of extra-curricular activities, or encouraging students to choose particular academic routes. It’s essential to tailor your application, to show clearly how can help the school achieve these goals.
Personal statements are often daunting – especially at the start of your career. It’s important to sell yourself, and this doesn’t come easily to everyone. You’ll want to stand out from the crowd without putting recruiters off. Fortunately, Pertemps consultants can help you to write a dazzling personal statement which will point out the positives, but ensure you don’t go too far!
Know why you want this job
You’ll almost certainly be asked why you want this particular job. The interview panel will hear a lot of similar responses but you can always do more make your response memorable and meaningful. As you prepare for the interview, make sure you make a note of the language exchange programme or the opportunity to work with children with special educational needs that are of particular interest to you.
Researching more about the school and talking about how you would like the role based on their specific educational programmes can show the interviewer how eager and determined you are. Highlighting why you would be dedicated to this particular school, and relating that to your own experiences and career goals will certainly make a good impression.
Your teaching interview
While schools are closed, they are operating in unchartered territory. Before the coronavirus outbreak, we would be recommending that you prepare for an all-day interview in the school. Typically, you would be shown round the school, introduced to the SLT team and departmental staff, teach an observed lesson, and a face a formal interview panel.
At the moment, SLTs are making plans for the new school year whilst observing social distancing measures. Many of them have adapted their recruitment processes to keep things moving and ensure they have a full and vibrant staffroom in September.
You may be asked to ‘meet’ your potential employer on a video call. Treat this like a formal interview – you will still need to prepare to give yourself the best chance to feel confident and to make sure you come across as yourself.
Before you start:
- Make sure the technology works! Test it with one of your friends, so you know how to make the video chat go smoothly. Try making and accepting the call so you’re comfortable either way – and remember that your interviewers may not be used to video either.
- Plan where you’ll be when it’s time for your interview. Choose a quiet spot where you’re unlikely to be interrupted. A straightforward, bland background will help your interviewer focus on you, rather than something over your shoulder.
Remember that schools want to get to know as much about you as they can – they may look beyond your formal application. Review your online presence to make sure it won’t detract from the impression you want to make. It’s fine to have a personal life, but try to keep it that way. We recommend that your personal Twitter, Facebook and Instagram profiles are all private.
If you're an NQT looking for a role in Essex, Suffolk or London, we would like to hear from you. We provide careers advice and ongoing support as you begin in your school.
Get in touch to find out more about the exclusive NQT roles we are currently recruiting for, or why not contact one of our education consultants in Chelmsford on 01245 208 750 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.