Newly Qualified Teacher

Whether you have completed your initial teacher training (ITT) through a PGCE, SCITT or Schools Direct, being a Newly Qualified Teacher can be a little daunting. So many schools, so many jobs – where to start?

Once you have completed your ITT, the key is to find the perfect school to support you through your NQT induction and kick off your teaching career.

There are a few tips and hints CE would suggest you keep in mind during your job search:

  • Begin your job search nice and early, you’ll be surprised how quickly July comes around
  • Make sure you prepare your CV and supporting statement / cover letter
  • Try not to listen to other people’s horror stories or opinions; make your own decisions
  • Do NOT underestimate the need for thorough preparation ahead of interview
  • You do not have to accept your first job offer. Find the right school for you

We have vacancies across:

  • Early Years (Nursery & Reception)
  • Key Stage 1 (years 1 & 2)
  • Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4 & 5)
  • Secondary Subject NQT (KS3, 4 & 5)
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Primary NQTs:

As a Primary NQT, you should have an idea of which year or key stage you would like to teach. Teaching is often a long career and could see you teach across all 3 phase groups. Your first permanent post as an NQT should be within your comfort zone, a year group you have experience and confidence within.

Once you are set on which phase and year group you are looking for, try to gain a clear picture of what your ideal school would be. With over 2000 state primary schools within Greater London, your choice could be overwhelming. Aim to be as open minded as possible, without losing sight of what kind of environment would suit your personality and skillset. Faith or state, creative or traditional, 1, 2 or 3 form entry…you will know when you have found the right school.

Secondary NQTs:

Secondary teachers are subject specialists, so as an NQT, ensuring your subject knowledge is strong and in-depth is key to your development throughout your teacher training, as well as securing your first permanent post. NQTs should feel at ease teaching their subject across Key Stage 3 and 4 in most subjects, and confident in dealing with the daily inner city challenges such as challenging behaviour.

Each and every school will be a different experience for an NQT, with so many factors contributing to your experience. Your journey to the school, lesson observation, and meeting your potential line manager and Head of Department can all have a varying effect on your decision.

When preparing for your first, and possibly your only interview: be thorough. Do the basics right, and have confidence in your ability. Schools are looking for an NQT with real potential; those who show promise and can add value to their team.

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