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Back to Basics: Writing a Person Specification

Back to Basics: Writing a Person Specification
When preparing your vacancy documents it is easy to overlook the person specification or to use a generic or old copy, but taking the time to adapt it to your school and the specific vacancy can actually save you time in the long run. Is your school exactly the same as the school five miles down the road? Probably not. So it’s likely that their Person Specification isn’t going to help you find the candidate that is right for you. Read More...

Routes to QTS: Assessment Only Route

Routes to QTS: Assessment Only Route
If you are an unqualified teacher working in education and/or already have a lot of teaching experience you could be eligible for the Assessment Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Read More...

Multi-Tasking Ninja isn’t a Job Title

Multi-Tasking Ninja isn’t a Job Title
Have you ever looked at a job advert and wondered what on earth you would be doing if you were the successful candidate?...Job titles can be a bit of fun, but before you start re-advertising your Deputy Headteacher post as the “Grand Master of Underlings and Curriculum Jedi”, perhaps we need to consider what a job title says about candidates and employers alike. Read More...

10 Bits of Teaching Tips and Advice

10 Bits of Teaching Tips and Advice
Whether you are a Newly Qualified Teacher or a seasoned pro, it's always good to take some time to listen to advice from others on how to improve your craft. So enjoy reading our top 10 tips on how to become an effective, caring teacher: Read More...

Upcycle Your Career

Upcycle Your Career
So, it’s Sunday night and your Facebook newsfeed fills with half a dozen “look out, Monday’s coming” memes and you sink slightly deeper into the sofa. Monday morning and another week at work loom. This is not the way life should be. Does that mean it’s time for a new job? Fresh start? Maybe not. Before you dust off your CV, have you thought about upcycling the job you have? Read More...

Tips for applicants applying for jobs

Tips for applicants applying for jobs
One of my favourite things as Headteacher is recruitment and it is this time of year when applications go into overdrive. As I am currently going through this process, I thought it would be a good idea to share some suggestions and tips for applicants to avoid. Essentially, applying for a job is a competition. Albeit, one where the rules are not necessarily made explicit. Every Headteacher will be looking for different things from their applicants, but one thing is certain - candidates need to make themselves stand out for the correct reasons. Read More...

Back to Basics: Advert Writing

Back to Basics: Advert Writing
With the Easter holidays well under way and the summer term right around the corner, it’s time for schools that haven’t already done so to think about teacher recruitment for September 2015. Whether you are seeking to recruit talented NQTs or teachers with a wealth of experience, here are some top tips to ensure you attract good quality candidates through your recruitment process: Read More...