Stand out from the crowd

Nina Boniface

Stand out from the crowd

Whether you’re an experienced teacher or you’re newly-qualified and you’ve done lots of supply since graduating, hunting for new teaching job can be difficult. It’s times like these when you begin to assess yourself professionally and personally. Am I the right person for the role? What do I need to impress? Am I good enough?

Relationship skills

Being good at building relationships is one of the most important skills a teacher can have; a positive relationship with your students is a great way to maximise their learning potential. It’s also important to be able to build professional relationships with other staff and SLT at a school, they’re your support network, the people to get advice from and enjoy your job with.

Effective teaching and learning

Being able to foster effective teaching and learning is key. Being able to show this to a prospective employer is important when you’re looking for work. Have you raised attainment with students in your class? Are there any notable achievements that you could talk about when you’re interviewing? Did you receive Good or Outstanding feedback during a lesson observation? Talk about it! It’s all well and good having a glowing teaching CV, but backing it up with real-life examples of student success are even better. Showing your passion and positive attitude will show you care about your job and are excited about the future.

Reliability

If you’re looking for a long-term or permanent position, you should be reliable. You’ll be a full-time employee of a school, and this comes with personal responsibility. Being reliable means showing up for work on time, doing all that’s expected of you in a school day, taking on activities within the school that might go above and beyond what you consider normal. For example, taking on break time or lunch cover, assemblies, being great during a parents’ evening, taking on extracurricular activities like setting up a new academic team.

Finding the right school

As with any new job, finding the right employer is something that will make you try much harder in an interview and when you land the job. If you apply for a plethora of jobs and interview with lots, it might be counterproductive. You need to understand what you need from a school, what you want from your career and find somewhere that matches your beliefs. It’s important to think about school ethos, size, catchment and the type of schools you’re applying to. Take time to read Ofsted reports of potential schools you might want to work in, this puts you in great stead when you come to interview as it not only shows you’ve proactively researched it but that you’re interested in working there.

Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts
Do’s

– Be confident

– Be engaged

– Act professional

– Talk about your achievements

– Be honest

Don’ts

– Underprepare

– Criticise your current employer

– Talk too much

– Dress inappropriately

– Downplay your success at a school

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