One-to-one careers advice

At key times during your teaching career personal guidance can make all the difference in whether you take the right route to a fulfilling career or end up feeling frustrated.

We have designed a premium face-to-face career counselling service to help you make the right career choices and to give you an edge in your search for the next job. The face-to-face session lasts one hour.

During the interview you will receive tailor-made advice on how to present your work experience and qualifications to the best effect. This guidance is independent, authoritative and honest; it can make a big difference in getting shortlisted for the job you want. 

The one-to-one sessions are designed to match every stage of a teaching career and give specific guidance on:

  • Reviewing your experience to date
  • Identifying your strengths
  • Working out whether you are applying for the right jobs for you
  • How to sell your skills and experience
  • Where the jobs are
  • When is the best time to apply
  • Statistically how many jobs you will have to apply for to succeed
  • Whether further qualifications will put you ahead of other candidates


What do you get?

The One-to-One career advice interview takes place at the TES London offices during which you will get answers to the specific questions you can pose beforehand or ask on the day.

The service is supported by TheoGriff, who is the resident expert on the Jobseekers and Independent Schools forums on TES Connect. With 20 years experience in senior management in a variety of educational establishments Theo is well placed to support your career aspirations. There is also a possibility of organising a face-to-face session locally or to undertake the consultation by telephone

In addition, you will get guidance on your CV and application letters and a follow-up action plan.


  • Interview with TheoGriff, Prof John Howson, Marian Cassidy or a TES Prime Recruitment Director - £250 (inc VAT)
  • Interview with a TES Prime senior careers education consultant - £200 (inc VAT)


The service, launched in 2010, already has a large number of success stories and testimonials from candidates:

“Please pass on my most sincere thanks to Prof John Howson. His telephone session and book were inspirational. Further to two gruelling days, I have today learnt that I got the job as Assistant Deputy Headteacher”.

The wonderful support and care provided by the TES and Prof Howson, were significant contributors to my success.

“Excellent advice and help in providing sharp focus….gave a much needed boost to my confidence.”

“Your advice was very helpful….I got the job.”

“My sincere thanks for your professionalism and care.”

“I wanted to thank you for recently looking over my job application. Your advice was very helpful. I was shortlisted, had the interview yesterday and got the job.”


Next steps

The one-to-one sessions can be booked for early evening and weekends by completing the order form and emailing it to: Attach your application – saved as a Word document - and any supporting material.

The TES Career Advice Service will call you to confirm your book and to take credit/debit card payment.

Contact us

For all queries, please contact us at


Why choose the TES Careers Advice Service?

We’re education specialists - Unlike most other career advice consultancies, we only advise on education roles. We are here to help you get the teaching job you want.

Part of the TES - As an extension of the respected TES brand, we offer confidential expert advice.

Experienced advisors - Our team of education experts includes TheoGriff who is the resident expert on two TES Connect forums: Jobseekers and Independent schools. With nearly 20 years’ experience in senior management in a variety of educational establishments, Theo is well placed to support your career aspirations.

Terms & conditions

Once you have placed your order, we will contact you to organise payment and you will be given a unique order reference. Once the booking is finalised, an advisor will contact you to agree a date for your session and to carry out some pre-meeting preparation.

Any files supplied must be sent as Word or Adobe PDF documents.

You will find the full terms and conditions in the attached document together with the application form (see the right hand side of the page).

Your privacy

Your privacy is important to TSL and maintaining your confidence and trust is paramount. TSL is committed to protecting your privacy and upholding your rights. We will always strive to provide a safe, secure service environment and experience.

TSL is registered under the Data Protection Act 1998 with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) in the United Kingdom and as such, we comply fully with the requirements and practices laid by the Act and the ICO.

We will always minimise what we collect and protect any personally identifiable information with a combination of technical and administrative controls, such as cryptographic encryption and restrictive access rights. 

These protective controls are applied at all stages from collection, transmission, storage to removal and destruction. 

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