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Early Career Teachers: Key educators share top tips for career development


New research undertaken by the Department for Education’s Teaching Vacancies service shows one in five teachers have highlighted interviews as one of the hardest parts of their early career development.


In response, Teaching Vacancies has teamed up with key voices including Andy Taylor, Lecturer in Primary Education at Worcester University and runs Mr T's NQT/ECT support on Twitter. Emily Weston, Teacher & Founder of #TeacherSelfcareSunday and Haili Hughes, Head of Education at IRIS Connect and Senior Lecturer at The University of Sunderland, to provide tips and advice for early career teachers and job hunting teachers to ace their interviews.


Advice and guidance from the campaign partners for job-hunting teachers includes:


  1. Do your homework: research the school to make sure it’s a place you want to work, and so you can demonstrate you have the skills needed during interview.
  2. The panel is on your side: remember the interviewers want you to do well, they’ve been impressed with your CV and now want to find out a bit more.
  3. Be authentic: Don’t pretend to be something you are not. You can only ever be yourself and the right employer will see that, and you will get the job based on who you are.
  4. Practice makes perfect: spend time with a family member or friend going through expected questions and building your bank of examples which highlight your skills.
  5. Be friendly: Get to know as many staff members, teaching and otherwise, on your interview day. It will help you give a real for the school and, if you get the job, will make your first day a little less intimidating.


Check out @MrTs_NQTs advice on how to overcome challenges in early career development - and dazzle in interviews!

Job hunting teachers can find their next job on #TeachingVacancies:
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Research shows 1 in 5 teachers say job interviews are the hardest aspect of early careers development. Listen to @primaryteachew top tips for finding a role in the right school for you.

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Finding your next role as a teacher in your early career stage can be overwhelming. @HughesHaili shares her advice, from 15 years of teaching, to make sure you impress in interviews. 

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Teaching Vacancies is the free national service for searching and listing teaching roles provided by the Department for Education
It has been designed by schools for schools - to reduce the amount of money spent on recruitment advertising – estimated to be around £75m each year. Over 80% of state maintained schools in England have already signed up and are posting vacancies on the Teaching Vacancies service, helping teachers at every stage of their career.

If you’re looking for your next step, visit the Teaching Vacancies website