Post haste

15th February 2008 at 00:00
Competition for jobs will be hot in the summer, so start applying now, says Sara Bubb.

Did you start training in September? I know only five months have passed but it's time to start thinking about getting a job because unless you're a secondary science, maths, English or design and technology teacher, you're unlikely to find it easy. There are going to be more people competing for fewer jobs so you need to get in quick before the best ones get snapped up.

Some schools are already advertising specific jobs for September. Lambeth Academy in south London is a new school that opened with Year 7 and brings in another year group every year. It has already advertised in The TES for three science, three English, two maths, one PE, one ICT, one design and technology and three humanities teachers. Wow.

The flurry of job adverts will happen after the May 30 deadline for notices to be handed in but I shouldn't leave it that late. If you're a primary teacher the competition will be stiff so apply to local authority pools which most, but not all local authorities, run. But get your skates on because closing dates are imminent. Luton's deadline for applications is February 18 for interviews in early March and the recruitment strategy manager expects to have matched everyone to a vacancy by mid-May.

Most of the applications for pools are done online. Make a big effort with them as they'll potentially be seen by 30 or more schools. With the tight competition, yours needs to stand out as perfect. If they say list your qualifications in reverse order don't start with your GCSEs. Ask your course tutor and the headteacher of your most recent teaching experience school if they will be referees and find out the best way for them to be contacted. Don't leave gaps in your career history. Under the safeguarding children guidance, people will be suspicious. If you were raising children, say so.

Sara Bubb is an education consultant specialising in induction. She regularly answers questions on our forums at

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today