Category Archives: School Direct

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.


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:

Friday’s Featured Vacancy – Teaching – 21/02/2014

Keeping with the teaching theme, here are some current teaching vacancies available on the JobShop. You can register on the JobShop to receive customized email alerts, specific to your job search criteria. Other useful teaching vacancy sources can be found in Monday’s post.


Reception Teacher – Lingfield Notre Dame School, Surrey (vacancy ref: CUM140212/122)

Teacher of Maths – Lingfield Notre Dame School, Surrey (vacancy ref: CUM140212/273)

Teacher of Psychology/Sociology – Parmiter’s School, Hertfordshire (vacancy ref: CUM140213/976)

Primary Newly Qualified Teachers – Bracknell Forest Council, Berkshire (vacancy ref: CUM140207/269)

Secondary Newly Qualified Teachers – Bracknell Forest Council, Berkshire ()vacancy ref: CUM140207/285)

School Direct Teacher Training Opportunities – Bracknell Forest Council, Berkshire (vacancy ref: CUM140207/250)

Teacher Training – Latest Lessons

Here are the latest grains of wisdom from the quickly shifting sands of teacher training provision, as provided by University careers colleagues who are members of the Teaching and Related Professions Task Group.

Teach First

Recruitment to the programme has been brisk for 2013 entry and over 1000 applicants have already been accepted.  There are still 250 vacancies, but these are mainly for Maths and English.

The scheme now has its own dedicated website including vacancy details and a central application process.

To anticipate a couple of likely faqs:

  • About 17.5 % of the 2012 intake ( a total of 997) are teaching in primary schools.
  • 36% of 2012 entrants are male – well above the 25% in the profession overall.
  • Teach First will accept Psychology graduates to teach Science – but only if they achieve a B.Sc. and have grade B in a science at A Level.

School Direct

News has also reached us that it will be possible to apply for School Direct vacancies through the Graduate Teacher Training Registry when the latest wave of applications for 2014 entry opens on 1st November this year. Application deadlines will for the first time be scrapped. 

Note: School Direct is already making its mark in Cumbria and North Lancashire, and we can expect Teach First to follow suit.

Changes to School Direct from 2013

Those interested in a career in primary or secondary teaching may be interested to know that the School Direct programme has been expanded for the academic year 2013/14 and will then offer two types of training places:

1) The School Direct Training Programme, which is open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees
paid by the trainee, who may receive a bursary from the Teaching Agency (TA).

2) The School Direct Training Programme (salaried), which is an employment-based route into
teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience. The trainee is
employed as an unqualified teacher by a school and will replace the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) which will close.

All School Direct places will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). Schools will decide whether they wish the provider to award a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE)from a higher education institution or School Centred Initial Teacher Training Institution (SCITT).

For recruitment to the academic year 2013/14 the TA will manage a central application system, providing a single point of application for all candidates and on which all School Direct places will be listed. Further details will be made available in due course.

Please note however that places for the 2012-13 School Direct programme will be made direct to schools.  For more details see the Teaching Agency website.

Source: Teaching Agency announcement via AGCAS