Month: November 2016

Teacher Job Application Form Advice

When applying for a job, carefully read the requirements in the job advert. Some employers and agencies only require a CV and covering letter, but it is more usual to have to complete an application form along with a covering letter or personal statement, so we have put together some teacher job application form advice for you. What to do before you apply Read the all the information you have about the job carefully before you start writing. Often schools will share the job description and person specification with applicants. Research the school as thoroughly as you can, looking...

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Interview Advice for Teachers

Great news, all the hard work you put into your application has paid off – you’ve been called for interview! So what can you expect and how can you impress? below is some great interview advice for teachers Before the interview – Interview Advice for Teachers Find out everything you can about the school, read their website thoroughly, social media, Ofsted reports, performance tables and any coverage in the local press. Re-read your application. You can expect some specific questions about what you put in it! Prepare a portfolio of evidence to support what you say. So if, for example,...

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The etiquette and the law of teacher resignation

Resigning from a school is governed by law.  Technically, a school is ruled by the same workplace laws as other institutions.  This means that you could give a month’s notice, and at times this may be necessary, depending on your situation. However, this is not the accepted etiquette in a school.  You should expect to give a half term’s notice at least.  This means to leave at Christmas you must resign by the end of October half term; to leave at Easter, by the end of February half term and for the summer, by the end of May half...

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How to give and receive observation feedback

There is nothing more difficult in leadership than giving effective feedback after a lesson observation. It is also difficult to receive feedback.  Why? Well, teaching is highly personal.  For most teachers, performance in a lesson is an extension of our personality and therefore any comments reflect on us as human beings.  So, when giving and receiving feedback it is important to learn how to do this effectively. Receiving feedback is about active listening.  You need to listen to everything that is said.  There is a temptation to only hear the negatives, to be waiting to be told that you...

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Preparation for Upper Pay Spine (UPS)

The upper pay spine are performance related pay rises after the pay rises for experience have completed.  The policy for how this progression occurs is dependent on the school.  However, as a rule Upper Pay Spine 1 tends to be done through application or through recommendation by a manager.  Upper Pay Spine 2 generally tends to be a little more automatic and Upper Pay Spine 3 is at the discretion of the head teacher.  Remember these are generalities and this may be different at your school. Preparation for UPS 1, in particular, is important.  You should presume that you...

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