How to Secure Your First NQT Job

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With graduation just around the corner, thousands of education students across the country will soon become Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs). Finding the right NQT job can be a lengthy process, with some schools recruiting for September positions as early as January. The peak recruitment time is March to late May, so if you are a Newly Qualified Teacher, now is the perfect time to register with Simply Education. Simply Education works with a wide range of schools across England to help NQTs find their perfect placement. This guide on how to secure your first NQT job is only an example of what Simply Education can offer you.

Finding your first NQT job may seem like a daunting experience – but it doesn’t have to be! To help give you the confidence you need, this guide will cover proper CV and cover letter writing tips, the importance of completing your induction period, and some of the NQT services offered by Simply Education.


CV writing tips

Presentation & style

During the peak recruitment period, recruiters will be reading through 100s of CVs. Making a CV that looks impressive and attention-grabbing is a good way to differentiate yourself from the crowd. Fonts like Calibri, Times New Roman or Ariel are the best choices and keep them at a consistent size, between 10 – 12 pt. Documents with 1.5 paragraph spacing are also easier to read and more appealing.

Our experienced consultants can provide CV-related advice, so for further assistance, register with us today.


What to include

It is vital to get as much information across to recruiters with the least number of words. The top things that you should prioritise in your CV are:

- Name, address, contact number and email address.

- Use a professional email address and not a personal account.

- State your qualifications, degree, and specialty very early on. These are the things recruiters are looking for from the start.

- A link to your LinkedIn page – make sure it’s up to date.

- A personal introduction that highlights your most relevant skills, traits and a short background on who you are.

- List your qualifications and work experience in chronological order.

- Additional interests and hobbies. Recruiters and schools want to know what you are like as a person. Your hobbies and interests tell them more about you on a personal level.

- Tailor your CV to the school you are applying to.

- Provide references.

- Be aware of your social media pages. You may seem like a perfect candidate on paper, but your social media profile might hurt your chances. Keep your profile as private as possible to avoid this.

- Proofread, proofread and proofread. Any spelling or grammatical errors in your CV will not help your chances.


Interview tips

Interviews are an important part of the vetting process and it is a crucial part in deciding if the school will take you on as an NQT or not.

Be prepared for the following in interviews:

- Discuss your strengths and weaknesses.

- Talk about how you would handle specific scenarios, such as bullying and student behaviour.

- Target setting.

- Experience and teaching successes you may have had.

- Ask about salary, NQT support programs and supporting after school clubs.

- Remember to do your research on your chosen school before the interview.

- In the interview, there will be a school tour. It is important to ask questions and show interest during this tour.


Induction period

Important notice

On the 19th of April 2021, the department of education announced a change in early career framework for early career teachers (ECT). The reform states that from September 2021, the government will be funding an entitlement for all ECTs working in England. ECTs will now receive development support and training over a 2-year period instead of just a 1-year period. Simply put, all NQTs will now have to complete 2 induction periods and not just 1. If you want to find out more about these changes, you can follow this Link.


What is an induction year / induction period?

An important part of getting your first NQT job is knowing what the day-to-day job of an NQT entails and the expectations a school will have for you. As an NQT would know, to officially be awarded your qualified teacher status (QTS), you need to complete your induction period. Your induction period serves as the bridge between being a teacher in training and your teaching career. NQTs can complete their induction period at mainstream/maintained schools, independents schools, free schools, academies, and nursery schools. An induction period is a requirement for teachers who want to teach full time at mainstream schools, but if you intend to work solely at independent schools, academies, and free schools then an induction period is not always necessary.

The day-to-day responsibilities of NQTs will be very similar to that of more experienced teachers, but with a slightly reduced timetable that equates to roughly 90% of a full-time teacher’s.


NQT supervision

There are strict measures set in place for the monitoring, supporting and observation of NQTs. Every NQT will have an induction tutor, a member of staff tasked with providing the constant monitoring and support of the NQT. They will also coordinate the assessments of the NQT. There are three ways NQTs are supervised during their induction:

1) Observation: Observation happens regularly, and each observation will be followed by a discussion between the NQT and their observer.

2) Professional progress assessment: The induction tutor will review the progress of the NQT and set new objectives and ways forward.

3) Formal assessment: There will be three formal assessments set throughout the NQT’s induction period, usually after each term. Once the final assessment has been completed, the headmaster will determine if the required standards have been met by the NQT and make a recommendation.


Why register with Simply Education?

Simply Education will help you become an ideal candidate for schools all over England. Register now and enjoy the range of benefits that we offer, including free Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses, access to our highly skilled consultants, and so much more.

Stay at the top of your teaching game by learning a variety of skills from Simply Education’s online CPD courses, available to all registered teachers. These courses cover skills such as behaviour management, advanced teaching skills, approaches to avoid, best practices and many other topics related to teaching.

Simply Education works with a broad network of schools all across England, which makes us exceptionally skilled at placing NQTs at their perfect school.

It’s simple: we care about our candidates. That is why you should register with Simply Education for the best way to launch your teaching career. We offer the support, experience, and scope to make you the perfect NQT candidate and deliver an incredible start to your teaching career. Register now today.



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