I haven't been looking on TES for long so I might not have searched properly but I didn't find an answer to this. Hopefully someone can help. I know the official deadlines for resignations each term. What I'm not sure about is whether I have to resign before properly looking for a new job. My friend working at another school told me I don't and that I can accept a job before resigning, but I can't see how this is logistically possible! Firstly, if I'm lucky enough to find any jobs to apply for, I would need time off for visits and hopefully interviews. That means I would have to tell my school, and based on my experience so far, they would be extremely reluctant to agree to cover my class for that time. I suppose from their point of view, they shouldn't have to. I'm on a permanent contract, I only started in January and I'm an NQT so they are in no way going to be happy and supportive about me looking to leave! (I have very good reasons to want to leave by the way, I haven't thought of this overnight). Secondly, references would be asked for, so even if I didn't need time off, my head would still find out before I could ever be offered a new position. So it seems to me that looking for a new job without telling your current school would be near impossible and the only way really is to resign first, so it's a huge risk!