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Securing your first post as an NQT

Hear from headteachers on their recruitment process in line with COVID-19
  • Identify opportunities and advice for you to best showcase yourself in an online interview
  • Understand how to demonstrate your competence as a teacher without teaching in front of a class
  • To share potential sources for interview prep and how to impress headteachers and ‘land’ the role for you
  • For teachers at the early stage of their career to share their own thoughts and professional learning priorities with one another

About the speakers

Jonny Uttley, Chief Executive Officer, The Education Alliance Multi-Academy Trust
Jonny is the CEO of The Education Alliance, a Multi-Academy Trust of six schools and a SCITT in East Yorkshire and Hull, and was previously Head Teacher of South Hunsley School. As a National Leader of Education, he has worked with schools in many different contexts and is committed to a school improvement approach that puts ethical leadership at the heart of our system so schools create cultures in which staff genuinely thrive. The Education Alliance is a pathfinder trust for the ASCL/NGA ethical leadership project and Jonny speaks on school improvement, school culture and ethical leadership. His first book, “Putting Staff First: A Blueprint For Revitalising Our Schools”, co-written with John Tomsett, has just been published.

Stef Edwards is the trust leader of Learn Academies Trust – a Diocese of Leicester mixed C of E and community Multi-Academy Trust of 10 primaries based in South Leicestershire. Stef has been in primary education since 1986. A primary teacher and English specialist, she was headteacher of Great Bowden Church of England Academy for 11 years until being appointed to the role of Trust Leader of Learn-AT in 2017. Stef is a National Leader of Education and has had a career-long commitment to research-informed professional learning. Building on her Master’s in Education Research Inquiry, she is currently undertaking a professional doctorate (EdD) investigating the leadership of teachers’ professional learning through Collaborative Lesson Research (Lesson Study) across networks of schools. Stef is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and a passionate advocate for the noble profession.

Helpful links from the webinar:

Tes – 


Ready steady teach blog –  

Ready steady teach blog 2 –  

Choosing the school that’s right for you –

Finding the right school, job applications and interviews – 

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