Month: August 2021

How teachers can prepare for school in September

It’s that time again…a new school year! A time to start a fresh, learn new skills and meet new people! Returning to work after a long break can possibly create feelings of nervousness or anxiety. There is a lot of work to do both in and out of the classroom. So it’s a good idea to make sure you are prepared for every event and reduce any stress. Here are some of our top tips…


Plan ahead 
Take some time before heading back to school to prepare lesson plans and what your key objectives are at the start of the year. Planning up to 2 weeks in advance is a great way to keep on top of your workload so that you don’t fall behind. Perhaps create some ‘ice breaker’ activities for the first couple of days so that pupils can get to know you and their classmates. Use a planner or calendar to structure your day.


Set up the classroom environment
Plan the seating arrangement and make sure all your classroom posters and displays are ready for the new school year. Have an interactive area where you can take the students away from their desks and have a variety of learning techniques. Make sure the room is bright and full of colour to keep your pupils engaged.


Get your classroom organised
When your classroom and working space is organised, your day will run a lot smoother. Organise your files and label all textbooks, workbooks and supplies and make sure you have enough classroom material. Create name tags for a your new class so you can get to know them by name and will know how to structure your tables.

Get to know your pupils
Before your first day, take the time to read through your pupil files to get to know them better. You may be introduced to new pupils this school year. Knowing them by name and making them feel comfortable on their first day will really help their confidence at a new school and help them settle in.


The day before…
Pick out your clothes and make your lunch, so you don’t have to rush in the morning of your first day. Set your alarm and try to get a good night’s sleep! If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious try some relaxation techniques, such as meditation or yoga to make you feel calmer.


Are you looking for temporary or supply work for the new school year? Contact your local branch today and discover what opportunities we have available. You can see our latest vacancies here.



Tips for settling into a new school

Starting a new role is always daunting, but you’ve put in the hard work and now have the opportunity to showcase your skills and experience in a new environment.

It can take a while to get settled into your new role. Finding your groove after landing a new position can be extremely exciting, perhaps challenging and confusing at times – but becoming a valued team member is key to your job satisfaction and workplace happiness.

But don’t worry, we’re here to help!

As one of the leading education recruitment agencies, we’re not just here to assist teachers like you in your job search, we also offer advice to help you settle in and make a good impression at your new job.

If you’re looking for support to create a smooth transition into your new employment endeavour, then make sure you take a look at our guide to help you settle in to a new role – designed to help teachers like you acclimate to new surroundings.


How to write the perfect CV

If you are looking for a change in career, or have recently finished your training/education, it really helps to have an up-to-date CV that sells your relevant skills, experience and abilities. But just what is it that makes a great CV?

Always keep it up to date

You might only have a few minutes to impress your potential employer, therefore it is important that the information you provide is relevant and explains why you would be suitable for the job you are applying for. Be sure to provide as much detail as possible about what you have done in your previous roles, especially skills you can carry into your new position. Always layout your career history in chronological order to look consistent.
Give prominence to experience and qualifications
Be sure to include all of your qualifications, the more the better! Include any additional programs you have taken part in, such as first aid certification or if you speak another language. This will impress the employer by showing your willingness to further educate yourself and develop in your career.
If you are applying for a role within a specific sector, be sure to specify your exact qualification relating to that sector and what responsibilities you have held in that position, this will help the employer figure out how suitable you are.

Emphasize achievements

Your CV is the one chance you have to sell yourself. Don’t worry about talking yourself up. Give examples of a time when you helped someone achieve a personal goal, or when you created a plan to help a school sports team. You may have taken part in some volunteer work, how does that contribute to your working style?
Also, be sure to include all of the qualities that you have that make you perfect for the job. Are you organized? Do you have strong leadership skills? What could you do to improve? The list is endless. It’s important to show your personality in your writing, let them see how confident you are and why they should hire

Think about language and layout 

You want your CV to look simple but effective. Place your job roles in chronological order to make for easy reading and use bullet points so that the employer doesn’t have too much to read at once. Too much bulk text will not be read and they can lose interest. Be sure to proofread all of your wording before sending it to the employer. It is a great idea to attach any certificates or additional documents that may be relevant.
You should list two referees and, as far as possible, ensure that one of them is from your previous job role and the other from your university/ training institution. Ensure you get permission from the referees before including their details.
By following these simple steps, you’re bound to get the job you want! If you would like to see what vacancies we have available, click here.
Good luck!