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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: 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

Friday’s Featured Vacancy 13/02/2015 – Primary NQTs wanted!


Reid Street Primary School,  Darlington are looking for 4 Newly Qualified KS2 Teachers for a 1 September 2015 start.

Students from University of Cumbria are warmly invited to visit Reid Street School situated in the centre of Darlington with a view to submitting an application for one of  four positions we have for Newly Qualified KS2 Teachers from 1st September 2015.

We were one of the first Primary Academies in the North East and have recently expanded the teaching space in school to include additional classrooms. Our objective by 1st September 2015 is to recruit four of the best NQTs in the region to teach in the Key Stage 2 team, two positions are available in upper KS2 and a further two in lower KS2. We have class sizes of around twenty in Key Stage 2 and it is for this reason that we are employing additional teachers.

This is part of a long term strategy, although initial contracts for our NQTs will be for one year owing to our caution over future funding uncertainties.

We have a strong track record in successfully recruiting and developing newly qualified teachers. Newly Qualified Teachers appointed to Reid Street School receive a high standard of support for their development. Reid Street’s Co Principal is a Darlington LA Independent Mentor for all NQTs locally providing new entrants to the profession with confidential independent support and advice throughout their induction year. Reid Street School is accredited with the Quality Mark for NQT Mentoring.

As an academy we are independent of local authority control however the terms and conditions of employment for our staff are identical to those in local authority schools.

The School celebrated its 100th anniversary in September 2012. The building is Edwardian in design and whilst the exterior remains largely unaltered, the interior and all classrooms have been modernised within the last five years.

We want to recruit four NQTs with the potential to become successful teachers and possible future leaders in education. We are promoting this opportunity at regional training institutions at this early stage as we know that the most committed and forward-thinking final year education students will already be looking towards the Spring term 2015 when they will begin to apply for teaching jobs from September 2015.

If you are an NQT looking for your first position in employment as a teacher in the Darlington area then please do give us a call on the number below straight away. The positions will go out to advert during February 2015. We want you to visit so that we can give you the time and attention you need in order to help you decide which of our posts to apply for. We would like to meet you in person, if possible. If we can fit in a visit around your studies and other commitments we will be happy to arrange this with you. So if you are interested call the number below now.

Reid Street Primary School Darlington. Tel: 01325 251006

More info about Reid Street Primary school is available on their website at


Ones to Watch: Emma Kirby

Welcome to part one of our new ‘Ones to Watch’ series, in conjunction with the University of Cumbria’s Alumni team. We think all University of Cumbria graduates are amazing, and are proud of each and every one of you. Occasionally we get to hear about certain individuals who are already making a huge impact, despite only graduating recently. Those who have really applied themselves whilst still a student; taken advantage of every opportunity and worked exceptionally hard to get where they want to be. 


Emma Kirby

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

“I had the pleasure of working with Emma in her role as student ambassador in the alumni office. She was always keen and enthusiastic (even on the mundane data entry tasks!), it is great to meet a student with such ambition and determination. She was such a hard worker, always in the library and going the extra mile for her assignments. Emma squeezed every opportunity she could out of her time as a student, earning extra money, skills and gaining experiences whilst supporting the university through her  work as a student ambassador.

“I had absolutely no doubt that Emma would do well in her degree (she got a first!) and would have no trouble securing a teaching job. Emma would make a fantastic asset to any school and she is destined to go very far!” 

– Joanne Lusher, Alumni Office

Course: BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

Campus: Fusehill Street, Carlisle

Graduation year: 2014

Hometown: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Current job: I have just started my NQT year in a Year 5 class at a school in Harrogate.

What made you choose the University of Cumbria?

I visited the university on an open day before I made my choice, and I loved the fact that the campuses are so small and compact. The tutors were nothing but welcoming and I really got a sense of community there. The small class sizes also attracted my attention, as you really get the opportunity to achieve your maximum potential and make some really close friends. Carlisle has a lot to offer as a city, and I loved the fact that it is located right near the Lake District. Not only that, it has great travel links to Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Why did you choose your particular course?

From a young age I have been interested in teaching. The Primary Education course at the University of Cumbria offered some great opportunities, such as a variety of placements across Key Stages 1 & 2. The course also gives you the opportunity to undertake an alternative placement in education, which I completed in Finland.

What did you like most about your course?

Something I enjoyed the most was the small class sizes of about 20-30. We had several lectures altogether as a cohort, but the majority of our seminars were as the small group. We gave each other support in the times we needed it and I have made some lifelong friends from the class.

What was your favourite experience at university?

My best memory of university was our leavers ‘assembly’. We had the chance to celebrate everything we had achieved and look towards the future.

How did coming to university change your life?

In my first year I moved into halls of residence, which proved to be challenging. Coming straight from sixth form, at first I found it difficult to adapt to living away from home. I learned how to cook and how to manage my money to make sure I had enough for my shopping. University really is the time you grow up and become more independent. Moving away from home has provided me with invaluable life skills and I am already missing it now I am back home!

Did you make any lifelong friendships at university?

Over the three years, I have made some lifelong friendships. Despite the fact that we are dotted around the country, I know we will stay in touch and visit each other as much as possible!

What were your career ambitions when you started studying and do you think that you have achieved them?

When I finished university my ambition was to get a teaching job straight away and after plenty of job interviews, I have done just that.

Would you be where you are today, without your degree?

I have always wanted to go into teaching and my degree has allowed me to take the first step on to the career ladder.

What are your current career ambitions now and in the long-term?

My current career ambition is to carry on teaching and progress up the career ladder, hopefully taking on a subject leader

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: