Category Archives: PGCE

Friday Featured Opportunity: part-time tutoring in Cumbria

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Cumbria Clever Tutors is a professional provider of private one-to-one home tutors in a range of school based and professional study subjects in the Cumbria area, which includes Carlisle, Penrith, Workington, Cockermouth, Whitehaven, Kendal and the surrounding area. They are looking for tutors in a wide range of disciplines including:  Science, mathematics, English and other related subjects, and would like to hear from post-graduate students to tutor  across all levels from primary to GCSE and A-level and above.

They are looking for degree qualified people with an interest in teaching, tutoring and helping others with a passion for their subject, to deliver one-to-one tuition within various towns across Cumbria. The candidate will be degree qualified with some experience either in tutoring, teaching, mentoring, supervising, lecturing, training, or generally helping others to succeed in life. You will need to be available during or  after school hours and some weekdays.  It would be helpful if you had your own transportation to travel to pupils/students homes in the areas listed above.   However, you can offer private tuition in your own home if you choose. You will need an enhanced DBS (formerly known as a CRB)and if you do not have one you will need to cover the cost of acquiring one, although we can initiate the process for you.

The benefits are as follows: they provide part-time work on a self employed basis with a very good level of remuneration (minimum of £20-00 per hour), together with insurance cover whilst working on our behalf. This is a brilliant opportunity for the right candidates to get involved within the educational sector and really make a difference for pupils and students looking for help. PLEASE CALL DR ALAN WATSON ON 01900 608211. or E-MAIL CUMBRIA@CLEVERTUTORS .COM

Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Be More – Be a Teacher (Teach Kent)

Doing what you love outside the classroom can shape you as a teacher inside the classroom, what is your passion and could you turn it into a career in teaching? You’re an artist, a triathlete, a performer, a rugby player but above all, you are a teacher.

Kent Teach have opportunities for NQTs from across the country to teach in Kent – take a look at their video below, or visit to find out more.

Be More. Be a Teacher.

Education Resources and Conference

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So you graduated with an Education related degree, but haven’t landed a job yet? Worry not! 

The Careers and Employability Service have loads for resources for you:

First of all: a guide to finding your first teaching job: Finding your first teaching job (PDF)

Applying for teaching jobs: Advice on Writing your CV (PDF)Writing a letter or personal statement (PDF) and top tips on acing your interview (PDF)

Not sure where you want to work? Here’s some information about different types of school: Types of school (PDF)

Congratulations! You landed a job! Here’s everything you need to know about Your NQT induction year (PDF)

Don’t fancy a permanent job? Have you considered supply work? Pros and Cons of Supply Work (PDF)

Don’t want to be a teacher? Here are some alternatives to teaching (PDF) as well as the more comprehensive AGCAS Education alternatives (2015) (PDF).

As part of our annual Education Conference, there will be an employer fair where you can meet various employers from the education sector. These will take place on Monday 17 October in Lancaster (11.30am-2.30pm in the Old Dining Hall), and on Tuesday 18 October in Carlisle (11.00am-2.00pm in the Learning Gateway, Fusehill Street).

Good luck, and remember that the Careers and Employability service is here for you, even after you graduate. Email to find out more.


Alumni Spotlight: Abigail Ede

Abigail Ede, Class of 2010, PGCE Early Years

Abigail EdeAbigail is a year 1 class teacher at the Nord Anglia School in Dubai. Her teaching career has taken her from the UK, to Beijing, now to Dubai and next onto Hong Kong! Rightfully proud she says, “I’ve achieved my ambitions and have a fantastic lifestyle full of interesting people and fantastic opportunities to see the world.”

If Abigail hadn’t come to Carlisle she would most likely be living and working in her home town in Wales. She chose the University of Cumbria because of its location in a most beautiful part of the world and the quality of the course, where she learnt from teaching professionals and had a fantastic experience – meeting her now best friends along the way.

Training to teach has been one of the best decisions she has ever made. “It felt good to have a qualification that allowed me to go on to earn good money and get a job straight away.” Abigail’s hopes for the future include becoming a part of the leadership team in her school and to start up a story-telling business with a fellow teacher.

What are you up to now?

Have you got an exciting new job, working on a new project, want everyone to know about your own business, had something published or exhibited? Perhaps you are getting married or had a baby? Whatever your news, we would love to hear about it and share it with your fellow alumni. Visit our share your experiences page to download the profile form if you would like to be included in the next edition of Aluminate or just email us.

Alumni Spotlight: Nathalie Grobe

Nathalie Grobe, Class of 1996, PGCE Secondary French

Natalie GrobeOriginally from France, Nathalie secured a place at St. Martin’s College through the Erasmus programme with an ambition to teach in the UK. Now employed at the French International School in Hong Kong as a French teacher, Nathalie has travelled and taught all over the world.

Crediting her PGCE with changing her life she says, “the qualification gave me the chance to do what I love, travelling and teaching in great schools.”

She has never looked back after deciding to leave to UK to teach internationally and states, “it was the best choice ever. Teaching is the best job to have when you are travelling as it is easier to find work. I am most proud of being able to combine a family and work life balance – my job has taken me to places many people only ever dream of.”

What are you up to now?

Have you got an exciting new job, working on a new project, want everyone to know about your own business, had something published or exhibited? Perhaps you are getting married or had a baby? Whatever your news, we would love to hear about it and share it with your fellow alumni. Visit our share your experiences page to download the profile form if you would like to be included in the next edition of Aluminate or just email us.

Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Johnston

Sarah Johnston, Class of 2013, Primary Education with QTS


Originally from Carlisle, self-confessed “home-bird” Sarah had only one choice on her uni applications: the University of Cumbria to study primary teaching at the Fusehill Street campus in Carlisle.

“I had heard good things about the course and was made-up when I got in.”

Sarah has wanted to be a primary teacher for as long as she can remember and is very proud to have achieved her dreams. Now a full-time long-term supply teacher, covering a maternity leave at lovely village school Great Corby. “I honestly don’t think I would be happy in any other career, I love how rewarding it is and how every day is different.”

Sarah credits the University of Cumbria and the teaching course with changing her life “absolutely definitely” for the better, it is here where she grew in confidence and met some amazing life-long friends. Looking back Sarah recalls, “There were loads of funny stories from uni. Most teachers are up for anything fun, and always enjoy acting like big kids. Nobody likes a boring teacher!”

Sarah’s proudest moments in teaching so far are when she sees the kids in her class truly enjoying their work or when she receives feedback from parents to let her know they have repeated an activity done in class at home. Sarah’s ambitions for the future are to continue learning and improving, “to teach as well as the experienced teachers I have observed.”

What are you up to now?

Have you got an exciting new job, working on a new project, want everyone to know about your own business, had something published or exhibited? Perhaps you are getting married or had a baby? Whatever your news, we would love to hear about it and share it with your fellow alumni. Visit our share your experiences page to download the profile form if you would like to be included in the next edition of Aluminate or just email us.

Securing your first teaching post – advice for NQTs

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With the ‘Get That Teaching Job’ events running this week at our Lancaster campus yesterday, and our Carlisle campus tomorrow, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share this handy hand-out with you – lots of useful information for final year teaching students, about to embark on their NQT year! 

You can download a pdf of this guide at the bottom of the post!


Your NQT induction

Terms and conditions for successful completion of the NQT induction are determined by the NCTL, and are regularly reviewed and updated. To be sure you have the most accurate and up to date info check: 

Statutory Guidance for the induction of NQTs (England) December 2013 (revised October 2014) available here:


Teacher Recruitment info as available Feb 2015

The NUT Guide “First Post” is updated every year and is available as a download or sent as a hard copy to members.  On the webpage there is a really useful interactive map showing all areas geographically and their preferred mode of recruitment of NQTs (pool or otherwise).  However, do check each area; it is your responsibility to ensure you have the latest accurate information.  Things do change, even during an academic year.


Sources of Vacancies

Many authorities and schools do not advertise in national press nowadays, choosing instead to keep costs down by using own local authority websites as above.  However do also check:

  • University of Cumbria JobShop:
  • Local and regional press
  • Specialist publications e.g. Jewish Times, Catholic Teaching Gazette

The National press may have international opportunities and more senior roles:

Other teaching options include:


Sources of support


Local Information and Pools

Register for tailored alerts from those that you are interested in!

Cumbria – Apply direct to job adverts (no NQT pool). Vacancies at:

Durham – Durham local authority operates a pool of NQTs to which primary head teachers have access. The pool opened in January 2015. Application forms are available from the Education Development Service Tel: 03000 265 852. Visit for more vacancies.

Lancashire – Apply direct to job adverts (no NQT pool). Vacancies at: Note that all supply teaching in Lancashire is through LTA:

Manchester – – Apply direct to job adverts (no NQT pool). Vacancies at: and

Oldham – NQT Pool opened Jan 2015, visit for vacancies

Bury – NQT Pool open, closing date 20 February 2015. Vacancy is listed here:

Blackburn with Darwen – NQT pool open, first 120 applicants are guaranteed an interview. Closing date 28 February 2015, interviews take place 13 March 2015. For more information contact Joanne Brown on Tel: 01254 666512 or Email:

Blackpool, Flyde, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside, Bolton, Trafford, Wigan, Stockport and more advertise posts on

Not local, but… we also have lots of our previous students working in Suffolk – their NQT pool opened December 2014 and closes on 31 May 2015. Always keen on University of Cumbria NQTs!


Useful Links


Download your own pdf here: Securing Your First Teaching Post

Postgraduate Routes into Teacher Training


So you want to be a teacher? The good news is there are loads of different routes into teaching nowadays – the bad news is you have to decide which is best for you – easier said than done, right! Don’t worry, the Careers Team are here to help!

We’ve pulled together some useful links for you below, as well as some ‘Routes into Teaching’ videos produced by UoC.

If you are going to be applying through UCAS, remember the old saying ‘the sooner the better’ – UCAS have just opened the scheme now (late October 2014) so start prepping your application now! has a really useful guide to writing your personal statement here: and the UCAS website has a great guide to filling in your application here:

The University of Cumbria’s YouTube channel has some handy videos that show what’s on offer here at UoC, with lots of advice on the different routes you can take:

Not sure which route is right for you? Try out this nifty tool on the UCAS Teacher Training (UTT) website:

It’s also worth having a look at the other routes into teaching that aren’t included in UTT here:

And why not have a look at UCAS TV for information too?

We really hope that this blog post has been useful – please feel free to ask us any questions in the comments or you can tweet us your questions @UoCCareers.

Remember the the careers team are here to help – email to ask us questions, get feedback on your application, or to book an appointment with us.

Post-graduate routes into teaching – PGCE and School Direct

Today on the blog we have a post from Sandra Baron, Senior Careers and Employability Advisor in LiSS with some information about routes into teaching. Over to you, Sandra!

Are you thinking of a career in teaching after you graduate?  Are you aware of the different routes into teaching that give you the opportunity to earn a post-graduate qualification while you train?

There are still a limited number of places available for Primary and Secondary initial teacher training (ITT) courses available for admission in 2014/15.


Unusually for this time of the academic year, there are a variety of places still available for  graduates wishing to undertake a  Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (PGCE  with QTS)  in addition,  some of the places still available may be able to pay you while you are training:  The rules regarding who can be recruited onto School Direct (salaried) route have been slightly relaxed. Schools are still encouraged to consider career changers with at least three years’ experience first, but if a school has a good candidate who doesn’t meet the criteria they can still offer them a place, provided it is for a hard to fill subject such as maths, physics, chemistry, languages and computing.

The variety of routes into Teaching and which may be the best route for you to choose can seem very complex and confusing at first but the university’s careers service can offer you independent and unbiased advice to you to help you with your decision. Drop us an email at:

For helpful information about the variety of routes into Teaching and how to apply (including School Direct) please see the following links:

Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Interview – The First Post

Today as part of our ‘teaching and NQT sort of week’ here on the blog, we have an interview with Nicola Hargreaves, an NQT of modern foreign languages at Ulverston Victoria High School. Nicola is originally from Preston, and now lives and works in Ulverston since graduating from the University of Cumbria. She teaches German Key Stage 3-5 (ages 11-18) and Key Stage 3 French (ages 11-13).

Why did you want to be a teacher?

I always wanted a fulfilling and rewarding job and whenever I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer would always be “a Teacher.” I like challenges and teaching is something that is never boring as every day and every class bring you something different. I think it also helped that I really enjoyed my education growing up and admired the effort and enthusiasm my teachers put into their lessons and my learning. Their enthusiasm for the subject, regardless of whether I liked it or not, or was good at it or not, was infectious. I aspired to be that kind of person.

Did you struggle finding your first post?

I applied for absolutely every job around the country, I’m not actually sure how many I applied for. When other trainees on my course started getting their jobs in January, I was worried, but then I realised that it was a good thing that I was not successful at my first two interviews, as in hindsight those schools were not right for me.

How did you choose your first post?

I had to look at the language combinations, as my degree was uncommon. I also looked  at the websites of the school to see what their ethos was. You can also glean a lot of information from the job description and the priorities of the school. At the interview too you are able to ask questions and usually they give you a tour so you have a real feel for the place and know if it’s the right school for you.

What was your interview like? How did you prepare for it?

I feel that interviews for teaching posts are like the apprentice! You have several tasks to complete and can sometimes be rejected half way through the day, before you get to meet the interview panel. I had had a mock interview from my University mentor, but it was still quite nerve wracking at the time, you have to put it all to the back of your mind and just go for it! I had to teach a lesson, have a parent panel interview and a student panel interview. I also met staff in the department and had a tour around the school. This was all done before lunch! Afterwards the candidates are interviewed individually by a panel. The best way to prepare is to think what questions they might ask you and think of what you would say in that situation. Be honest, as people can tell when you are lying, so don’t try and make up an answer as they know you are an NQT from your application and must like you, as they would not have invited you to interview! Make sure you prepare and run through your lesson and have a plan b, in case technology fails on you. Also, think of questions you would like to ask the school and look on their website beforehand so you are clued up on what sets them apart from other schools.

Did your training fully prepare you for teaching?

Yes and no. Yes because it helped me deal with the unexpected and no because you can’t play out every single scenario while doing your training. It did however equip me with some brilliant teaching ideas and ways of coping with the unforseen, interviews, lesson planning and Ofsted! Which I underwent during my first term as an NQT.

Take us through a typical day.

I get into work at 7:45 and do photocopying and admin work. I then register my form and teach a mixture of French and German lessons from all key stages. We have briefing twice a week in the morning and a pastoral meeting too. After lunch we have registration for 30 minutes in which I do various activities such as reading, word games, maths, quizzes etc. After work we sometimes have department meetings or whole school training but I usually mark books and plan lessons.

What has been the most rewarding thing about your first year so far?

I think seeing the change in the classes I found challenging at the start that are now understanding the boundaries as well as developing their learning and enjoying the lesson more (hopefully!)

What has been the most challenging thing about your first year so far?

The jump in work load has been challenging, I’ve had a few late nights (mostly around Ofsted time) but it has got easier and you find ways of coping with extra work e.g: reports,  parents evening etc on  top of the usual lessons and marking.

Have you been involved with any extra-curricular activities? How has that been?

I’ve been on a few theatre trips with school as that is something that I really enjoy and I sing in the choir when I have time. I also do my own Italian club on Thursday lunch times.

How did you find being observed?

I don’t mind it! I think it’s because I became used to it after doing my PGCE. I find it helpful to receive constructive feedback.

What do you wish someone had told you at the start of your NQT year?

You can’t always do everything all the time.

What advice would you give to our final year students?

Remain positive as the lows are made up for by all the highs. And remember that you are human! If you are struggling, you won’t be the only one so ask for help. And don’t be too hard on yourself. I’m still trying to learn not to beat myself up about a lesson that might not have gone as well as I would have liked.

Thanks Nicola!