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Finding a job – top tips on securing the right teaching job for you

This webinar is designed to support ECTs in finding a job.

Event attendees will have access not just to the event itself but to supporting materials and signposted resources to help them find a job.

This webinar showcases the Department for Education’s Teaching Vacancies service, demonstrating how ECTs can make the most of it to find their first or next teaching role. You’ll hear about how you can tailor job alerts to meet your needs and the new Candidate Profile feature which means schools find you.

There will also be a panel discussion where you will hear from the panel on ways in which you can improve your success in finding a job, with tips and hints on how to achieve your goals. 

Presentations will be given by:

Will Bourke is the Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement Lead for the Department for Education’s Teaching Vacancies. Prior to this, he was a Deputy Headteacher at an outstanding school, driving school improvement at the college as well as improving the efficiency and effectiveness of operational management at the school. He will be showcasing how the Department for Education’s Teaching Vacancies can support ECTs.

Your hosts and panellists are:

Simon Bowen, Director of Membership, Chartered College of Teaching – Simon joined the College of Teaching in 2021 and has worked in the Chartered membership sector for over 22 years, with a keen focus on raising the profile of professionals and harnessing the power of professional learning communities. Simon has a postgraduate Diploma in Management and an MBA from Warwick Business School. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). 

Genevieve Bent is the Assistant Principal at the Harris Federation and an ECT Mentor. She is extremely passionate about Diversity in STEM – delivering talks, around the country, about the importance of role models for Black and minority young people and Girls, in STEM studies and Careers. She recognises the importance of widening access for these young people and affording them greater opportunities for STEM participation during their formative years. She is also the founder of ‘Young Gifted and Stem’ a network which aims to inspire and promote STEM opportunities to those from ethnic minorities.

Andy Taylor is a Senior Lecturer of Primary Education at the University of Worcester with 16 years’ experience as a class teacher under his belt. He is also the face of popular teaching mentor Twitter account ‘Mr T’s NQT/ECT support’ where he shares what he has learnt over the years to support students, NQTs and ECTs as they navigate their early career.

Lancia Wilson is an Early Careers Teacher, about to complete her second year of teaching at St Peters School in Cambridgeshire. She delivered a talk towards the end of her first year of being an ECT to a cohort of trainees on her experiences and expectations as a first year ECT.

Teaching Vacancies is the free national service for advertising school roles and applying for school jobs. Roles can be filtered based on criteria including location, job title, education phase, working pattern (flexible hours, part-time) and ECT suitability. It is now the largest source of primary teaching jobs listed directly by schools in England. It’s also the second largest for secondary teaching jobs. 

Being a member of the Chartered College of Teaching is a powerful statement to employers of your commitment to professionalism and high quality teaching. Learn more about the Chartered College of Teaching:

  • Early Career Hub – The Early Career Hub is our one-stop shop for trainee teachers, early career teachers, and those involved in supporting, coaching and mentoring those new to the profession.
  • The Chartered College of Teaching & Teacher Tapp Podcast – A collaboration between Teacher Tapp and the Chartered College of Teaching in which we look at hot off the press data on various topics concerning teaching, learning, and teacher development and ask teachers to comment on the findings by reflecting on their own experiences.
  • Early Childhood Hub – The Early Childhood Hub hosts content by, and for, early childhood education practitioners, with a focus on pedagogy and practice in early childhood education.
  • Research Hub – The Research Hub hosts summaries of academic and practitioner research as well as reports that Chartered College of Teaching members have contributed to.  You can also find a list of opportunities to participate in external research projects and access a range of tools to support you in your research engagement journey.
  • Video Hub – The Video Hub hosts short classroom practice videos, filmed in a variety of settings, and recorded interviews with a range of teachers, leaders and educators.  Members will also find, and be able to access, ‘on demand’ recordings of our previous webcasts and events.
  • Impact is the termly journal of the Chartered College of Teaching.  It connects research findings to classroom practice, with a focus on the interests and voices of teachers and educators.  It supports the teaching community by promoting discussion around evidence within the classroom, and enabling teachers to share and reflect on their own use of research.
  • Learning Hub – The Learning Hub is your home for professional learning and development. You will find links to bitesize CPD units and details of other available courses.
  • Chartered Teacher Status is a professional accreditation that recognises the knowledge, skills and behaviours of highly accomplished teachers and school leaders, offering a career pathway that is focused on developing and recognising high-quality teaching and leadership practice.  As a professional accreditation, Chartered Status builds on individual practice, priorities and interests and can be undertaken at your own pace, up to three years.