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Finding a job for September 2011 - when, where and how!

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by John_in_Luton, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. Thanks for all of this great information John. I start studying my PGCE Secondary MFL on Monday at Chester. With regards to the above info about no-one attending the Chester fair, would you recommend branching out and trying to get to other fairs in the area, just to maximise my knowledge about opportunities in this already MFL job starved area? [​IMG] Thanks again for your advice.
  2. As a GTP reading all of the posts on job hunting I was wondering if anyone knew much about the requirement for D&T teachers?
    My head of dept. seems to think D&T NQTs should be able to choose the job they want if looking anywhere in the country, he mentioned there are very few people applying to become DT teachers so there should be a lot of positions. However, having read lasts weeks issue of the TES, it mentions DT as one of the subjects that will experience cuts so I'm not entirely sure that what I've been told is all that positive? I'm based in Norfolk and on placement in Suffolk, there are only 7 DT trainees on either SCITT or GTP courses this year across the two counties and UEA doesn't run a Design Tech PGCE so I'm hopeful for opportunities, I just wondered if anyone knew what the job situation is like for DT teachers?
    If this is of any help for those applying for NQT positions for next September, there seem to be quite a few schools in Suffolk taking on yr 8 and/or yr 7 next September and they are recruiting more teachers. With the additional requirement for all schools to teach Food Tech as a compulsory subject from 2011, this appears (at face value anyway!) to be well timed for potential DT NQTs.
    Any feedback would be gratefully received!
  3. marylamb

    marylamb New commenter





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    Hi John

    Do you have anything similar for those living in inner city, Bradford? Or a
    recruitment agency you could recommend?

    I will be a NQT in 3 months and desperately need to find a job!
    Thanks in advance
  4. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    ecruitment fairs are organised by individual universities for their students so they are generally not open access. You need to ask the organisers of the fair whether they admin " outsiders"
  5. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    With regard to D& T its been a recognised shortage subject for some time now and has benefitted from Golden Hello funding. If you visit the Norfolk and Suffolk websites there are contact details for the recruitment managers there who can advise you about the local situation- they are fairly friendly, actually both will be at the UEA recruitment bash on 25th October.
    With food tech it is quite a mixed picture regarding the delivery- in some places the HLTA's Food Tech specialists are responsible, I know of other schools who are employing local catering staff to deliver to avoid redundancies.
  6. John_in_Luton

    John_in_Luton Occasional commenter

    Recruitment agencies should be a last resort for NQTs rather than the first port of call. If you're already an NQT, which I assume from your post you are, then it's probably too early in the term for there to be much work around, but get those antennae twitching from around October half term onwards.
    Three things to note:
    1. If secondary, the TES is probably your best bet for job ads at present
    2. If primary, identify the local papers in the area(s) you're hoping to relocate to, and check their online editions to see if they carry job ads. Also check the local authorities' websites, as they may well carry a jobs bulletin where the primary schools will advertise. But be prepared for having to fly over for interviews, they'll want to see you face to face.
    3. You are in Ireland, but don't say where you trained. Wherever it was, you need to be aware of the induction arrangements. If you did train in Ireland, you can meet the GTC for Ireland's requirements for induction while working in an English school, but you need to register with them and tell them that's what you're doing, and make sure you - and your school, when you get a job - follow all the procedures correctly. Once they confirm that you have completed induction, the GTC for England (if it still exists at that stage, if not then whichever body replaces it) will confer the equivalent status on you here.
  7. John_in_Luton

    John_in_Luton Occasional commenter

    As M'Learned Welsh Friend observes, some fairs restrict access so it might be wise to contact the careers department at the university just to confirm that it's OK for you to visit. Others take a 'the more the merrier' approach, I suspect not least because they think that the more people we get to talk to, the happier we'll be and the more willing to come back the next year (and they have a point). Cumbria, for example, are one of those where they log students in and out so it's difficult to gatecrash, whereas Edge Hill (and Bangor, who haven't confirmed their date yet but it's usually late January) are more liberal. But it's still a courtesy to clear it with them first. You'll also, of course, need to clear it with your own college (or placement school) so that they release you for the day.
  8. John_in_Luton

    John_in_Luton Occasional commenter

    M'Learned Friend has broadly covered this one, and if you're on the SCITT the chances are you've already come across M'Learned Friends from Norfolk and Suffolk. I'd add two things; as a GTP trainee in the area you're in, I should have thought your prospects were good, but although DT is indeed on the shortage subject list (for what it's worth; English isn't on that list, for example, and MFL is), I did notice fewer than usual vacancies for DT in my area last year. Whether that was just a blip, or an indicator of a developing trend, I can't tell yet.
  9. John_in_Luton

    John_in_Luton Occasional commenter

    I'm from a Local Authority, I don't recommend agencies! Bradford do hold a fair each year, but it tends to clash with big ones in the south so I've never been able to attend (last year, for example, it was the same day as the Institute of Education). You don't say whether primary or secondary. If secondary, it'll depend on the subject. If primary, you're in an area where the prospects are not great, I'm afraid, though there might be less competition for posts in a town or city which is perceived as unattractive (there might be more people keen to live and work in Harrogate than Hull, for example, however unfair that might be on my counterpart in Hull!) You will see some posts come up for a January start, though only a trickle compared to the annual torrent in March to May. Keep an eye on the local papers.
  10. John, Welsh wizard
    Thanks for all your helpful advice. I literally had no idea English was a shortage subject in London / South East!
    Hopefully be seeing you at one of the recruitment fairs.
  11. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    You will recognise me I look like my avatar and john looks a lot like his!
  12. Well at least I have a little time to grow some new feathers
  13. Thank you for this timely advice.
    Our pre-service teachers who will be graduating and looking for teaching postsnext September will be directed to this article. Some of our graduates will apply to the Uk, although most will stay in Canada. Thus, I have modified some of the advise by adding information pertinent to teaching in Canada.
  14. Thanks so much for that. I am on the last leg of my PGCE and finish in March 2011. So I hope to check you out at Lancaster now we have been shipped there from Ambleside.
  15. veni_vidi

    veni_vidi New commenter

    Thanks for all your great advice. You mentioned the fair at York St John, which is where i'm studying RE secondary, so i'll prob see you there. Do you have any idea where the shortages (if any) may be for RE teachers, i'd like to stay in York but I know my chances there are slim.
  16. Many thanks to our knowlegable sages, this is all fantastic stuff!
    Induction tomorow for Secondary Chemistry in Hull and I'm wondering what the situation is like up here with regard to both employment prospects and local (and local-ish) faires?
  17. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    I am sure that Mr Luton will respond as he has often been told to " go to Hull". I seem to trecall some issue with that fair this year- I await the guru's response
    The Hull vacancies are advertised on the LA website they used to also offer incentives to work there must be the Prescott effect!
  18. k1tsun3

    k1tsun3 New commenter

    I just saw in ad in the TES paper calling for NQTs (£2000 recruitment incentive with a July start for a paid summer) and existing and new subject leaders of English, Matsh and Science (£4000 recruitmennt incentive) in Hull.
    If anyone is interested, they can get the details at this website: www.teachinhull.co.uk
  19. Hi that is great news, are you at Marjon or Plymouth campus?

  20. Hi welsh wizard, i have just been searching for the teaching recruitment fairs in London and cannot seem to find any certain details. Can you help? By the way I have just started my PGCE secondary geography and will look to doing my NQT year in 2011. However, reading through all the info about no jobs is frightening me a little. Thanks in advance for any info...

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