PE Recruitment – Job finding advice and help for PE Graduates

Article supplied by Fiona McKenzie, PE Recruitment

Are you a PE graduate looking for a teaching job for September? Yes? Then we’d like to help.

PE Recruitment are recruiting newly qualified PE Teachers right now for schools throughout the UK. Competition for jobs has rarely been this tough, and graduate unemployment rates so high, but last year we placed more NQTs than ever in PE Departments around the country.

PE Recruitment is a specialist PE and School Sport recruitment agency and we are contacted by schools throughout the UK, and the world, who are looking to recruit temporary and permanent teachers and sports coaches for their PE departments. All types of schools from both state and private sectors and from both Primary and Secondary levels, increasingly contact us first for their temporary and permanent PE needs.

If you are a student still without a job for September, or a 2011 graduate still looking to start the NQT Induction year, then we’d like to help. Lots of help and advice from the ex-PE Teachers on our team and lots of PE jobs available on our website.

What we can offer students & graduates:

  • A recruitment agency purely for PE Teachers and school sport professionals.
  • Job seekers can sign up for our free Job Alerts and visit our website to check out our current Vacancies:
  • Permanent jobs in state and independent schools throughout the UK.
  • Supply Contracts for PE Teachers with QTS or QTS pending.
  • With ex-PE Teachers on the team here, we aim to place the right PE Teacher in the right PE position. Lots of honest help and advice from people who have been PE Teachers themselves. Visit our NQT Advice Centre and our Top Tips for Job Hunting

Call 08456 44 88 29 or email info@perecruitment.co.uk for more information.

Safeguarding and good recruitment practice is an area that PE Recruitment takes great care in, making sure that all the DfE required checks have been carried out for all of our PE supply teachers. All our teachers are required to hold an Enhanced CRB. As members of the REC (Education) and holders of the DfE’s Quality Mark for teacher recruitment, candidates, teachers and schools can be assured of our recruitment good practice procedures.

PE Recruitment – Our Specialist Subject

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Getting a teaching job

Introduction

Before you read on… you are advised to consult the Prospects page on Getting a Teaching Job, which contains detailed information on local authority recruitment procedures, sample CVs and covering letters and guidance on application forms and interviews.

Local Authority first teaching appointment procedures

  1. LA “pool” – you apply centrally to the LA, and if successful are invited to a pool panel interview. If successful, the LA places you or head teachers will contact suitable candidates for an interview in their school. Closing dates from January onwards.
  2. LA database or brokerage system – you apply centrally to the LA, which then holds your details on file for head teachers to browse. Available from January onwards.
  3. Applications direct to the school – you apply to individual schools. This is the only method of application in some LA areas and can be combined with 1 and 2 above in most cases. March onwards.

Applications

Independent schools tend to favour a CV and letter of application. State schools and LAs usually require application forms and ask for a supporting statement.

In both cases you have the opportunity to describe your qualifications, experience and skills. It is important to “market” yourself. Give plenty of examples. Relate your application to the school, whenever possible. Always follow the instructions given. You can call in to the Careers Centre to have your application checked.

Supporting Statement/Letter of Application

As a guideline you could break down your information into five main areas:

  1. Teacher Training Course – including specialist subject, age range taught, special projects or interests.
  2. Teaching Practices – including type and size of schools, special responsibilities, subjects taught, resources you developed, example of a good lesson, special needs, ICT, EAL, school visits, parents’ contact, inset days etc.
  3. Your “philosophy” – how you manage your classroom, the teaching styles and strategies you use. What you believe is important to a child’s education.
  4. Relevant work experience in or outside education.
  5. Leisure activities – including other skills, abilities and interests.

What should go on my CV?

A CV should cover no more than two sides of A4, be clearly laid out and should cover the following:

  • Personal details
  • Education and qualifications (in reverse chronological order)
  • Teaching practices
  • Employment
  • Other experience
  • Skills
  • Leisure interests
  • Referees (usually your course leader and the head teacher of your last teaching practice school).

Vacancies

LAs now advertise on the web, examples below. The Times Educational Supplement (Fridays) carries many adverts for state, independent and overseas posts.

Interviews

You are strongly advised to visit a school prior to an interview, although this is more usual when applying for primary posts. Read through the advertisement and your application again. Think of the likely questions you will be asked and prepare your answers. Research the school, e.g Ofsted report, handbook. Arrive on time. Answer questions succinctly and relevantly. Above all be yourself! Any visits should be made during school hours so that you can meet the children and teachers and generally get a feel for the school and staffroom.

Interviews differ widely. You may be asked to teach a lesson, or demonstrate how you would teach a specific topic. The number on the panel might range from 1 – several. The length of the interview could be 20 – 45 minutes.

Portfolio

If applying to teach primary or a practical subject, you may be asked to bring evidence in support of your application. This could include carefully-selected photos of children at work, examples of children’s work, resources you have created, or an example of a particularly successful lesson.

Successful candidates are often offered the job on the same day as the interview, so prepare yourself for this occurrence.

Remember that an interview not only provides school staff with the opportunity to question you but also for you to ascertain whether you feel the school is right for you. You should be given the opportunity to ask questions at the end of your interview. If you are in doubt about any aspect of the post, ask.

Internships – a WikiJob perspective

The following article has been posted by Nik Shah from WikiJob….

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So if you’re having problems like I did after graduating from university trying to land that all important first job, Internships are a great way to get your foot in the door and on to your career ladder.

I left university with a degree and a masters and I thought I’d easily be able to land my dream job. However, the one thing that nearly all companies are after from graduates is work experience, preferable industry related. I spent months looking for work and despite having or excelling the educational requirements; I more often than not did not meet their work experience requirements.

So to gain some valuable work experience, I started applying for Internships whether it was for one month or 12 months duration. However I didn’t realise that the majority of internships are unpaid. As soon as we finish university we all want to be earning a decent salary to start paying back our student loans or in some cases, the folks. At first this put me off from applying for Internships, but you have to remember that we are still young and have the rest of our lives to earn money. So the most important thing while we’re young is to gain some invaluable work experience and Internships provide that. Despite many Internships being unpaid, companies can cover travel, lunch expenses and even reward bonuses on the basis of your performances.

Internships can give you an idea of what working life is like and whether you enjoy your chosen career path. Also if your employer sees you doing a great job they can extend your Internship to gain those extra months of experience or even offer you a permanent, paid role. Another good thing about taking an Internship shows future employers or other jobs you are applying for that you are proactive and willing to work to gain experience whilst sacrificing a wage.

Since I undertook my Internship, I have gained valuable work experience and after just a few months of undertaking an Internship my job applications for paid roles have become more successful with companies inviting me to interviews more often.

If you’re struggling to find Internships, check out graduate jobs website WikiJob.co.uk. There is a great list of both large and small companies on the site that offer a range of Internships and there is also a great deal of interview preparation material (for example, practice numerical tests) that can help you ace your interviews.

Exploiting the power of social media to find work

Students are often being told that about the importance of social media in the job search process, but what does this mean in practice, how can you build a Twitter presence or LinkedIn profile that will be noticed (for all the right reasons!) by employers? Earlier this week, the Guardian Careers website asked some digital communications gurus to give their top tips (http://careers.guardian.co.uk/social-media-job-seeking) – take a look, there’s some useful pointers.

But what is the University doing to help its students prepare? Well, we recently obtained funding from JISC, under the Developing Digital Literacies programme, for our Digitally Ready project. This aims to develop the digital readiness of all members of the university, from the grounds staff through students and lecturers to our senior managers. Specifically, this will focus on student employability and work placements, where digital literacies are of paramount important for the future. The project is working closely with the Careers Centre and academic schools to promote digital literacies within the curriculum, as well as engaging with employers to find out what they require from our graduates and our students while they are in work placements. Find out more about the project next week, when it will feature on The Guardian’s Higher Education Network website – http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network

Additionally, on February 27, the Careers Centre will be running a session for students on using social media to find work, as part of the Headstart programme – further details to follow.

 

Finding work experience in journalism

Finding work experience in journalism, especially in the music industry, can be a daunting prospect. But it can be done as third year English Literature student, Laurence Green, has proved. With a good deal of planning, exploiting the power of Twitter and taking full advantage of the opportunities that he found for himself, Laurence has gained a foothold in the industry – including work experience with NME and Q magazine.

Laurence has written a great piece for the Guardian Careers website about how he went about his task – it’s required reading for anyone who is serious about a career in journalism.

Starting out in music journalism: from work placements to popstar interviews (published 29 November 2011).

Assessment centre and interview videos

Did you know the Careers Centre website has a fantastic collection of online videos to help you prepare for graduate assessment centres and interview situations? These include the Journey to Work series, At the Assessment Centre, Making an Impact: The Graduate Job Interview, Your Job’s Online (how to maximise your chances of success when completing electronic applications, as well as Interviews for PGCE and GTP, giving hints and tips on good interview practice and discusses possible interview questions, for entry onto these ITT programmes.

What are you waiting for? Take a look now (http://www.reading.ac.uk/seecc/careersinfo/videos/)