Finding a Teaching Job


It’s the ‘Get the Job’ event this week at our Carlisle and Lancaster campuses, so we are having a teaching and NQT sort of week here on the blog! Today we have a whole heap of useful information for anyone graduating with QTS this summer, all about securing that all important first post.

Before you start

Wait! Before you load up that web browser to find a job to apply for, you need to have a think about a few things first. What’s your plan of attack? Where in the country (or world) do you want to work? Do you want to apply to a pool, or for specific jobs? What type of school do you want to work in? Is there a specific school you have in mind? All of these are questions you need to ask yourself before you even start to look for a job! A great starting place to help you through these questions is the NUT’s booklet ‘First Post’ which is available on the website at – there is also an interactive map here to help you find local authority websites too!

Finding teaching vacancies

So you know where you want to work, but how to find those jobs? There are four main ways of applying for your first teaching post.


There are centralised systems run by Local Authorities (LA) which are called ‘Pools’. These are mostly for primary teaching, and some of them open for applications as early as December, so if you want to apply to a pool, get moving!! An example is the Suffolk pool, which is open now (and is always interested in University of Cumbria graduates!!). Some pools are just a database of applications available for Head Teachers. Some pools take up references and DBS checks, or even go through pre-selection procedures (for example, screening interviews etc.) and then produce a list of “approved” applicants for schools – you would have a second interview in the school before your appointment. Some LAs only use pools, some use pools but also advertise on school websites, and some LAs don’t use pools at all (Cumbria for example doesn’t have a pool).

Individual Vacancies

Some schools advertise specific vacancies on their LA website, their school’s website, or in the local or national press, from as early as January for September start dates. Some useful sources of national vacancies include the Guardian ( on Tuesdays, the Independent ( on Thursdays and the TES ( on Fridays. You can also check local and regional press for teaching jobs near you, and of course the University of Cumbria JobShop at has loads of teaching vacancies too. There are lots more options such as religious schools, independent schools, teaching in forces schools, or overseas. Some quick google searches will help you here (other search engines are available!).

Direct to Schools

If you have a particular school in mind that you want to work for, perhaps you carried out a placement or did some volunteering/work experience, you could send a speculative application direct to the school. This is useful where you have a contact or an existing relationship with the school. If you are interested in working at a specific school that you don’t have any contact or relationship with, you could still get in touch directly to discuss any working opportunities that may be available.

Supply teaching

Supply agency work is an alternative to applying for a permanent job – you could do some supply until you find that perfect first post. You can register for full time, part time and temporary opportunities with agencies such as ETeach Talent Pool, Capita, Reed, Randstad, and Hays. If you are coming along to the ‘Get the Job’ event this week, you will be able to hear talks from supply agencies on ‘the pros and cons of supply teaching’

Your induction year

First of all, make sure that you have the most accurate and up to date info by checking here: Your induction year will usually last for 3 terms working full time, however there is no formal start or completion time limit for induction in England. There is however a time limit of 5 years for supply work lasting less than one term, but supply contracts of one term can count towards your induction. This useful guide from the NUT websitewill provide you with more information.

Support from your careers service

You can email for feedback on your CV, application and personal statement, as well as for general careers advice. This service is also available to our students by phone, Skype or in person at our Carlisle and Lancaster campuses.

We regularly post jobs on our Facebook page ( and on our Twitter feed (@UoCCareers).

Remember too that you can still access your careers service for up to 3 years after you complete your course.

This information is correct as of today, but is subject to change. Always double check information prior to applying.






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