When Should I apply to Become a Teacher?

When Should I Apply to Become a Teacher?

If you are hoping to become a school teacher or have just gained newly qualified teacher status, you might be wondering when is the best time to apply for a job.

Of course, you can apply for a teaching position at any time, as teachers leave their posts throughout the year. However, you are far more likely to find a role that suits your needs if you search for teaching jobs at particular times

Here we’ll discuss when you should apply to become a teacher to give yourself the most options and the best chance of success.

The best time to apply for a new teaching role

Get prepared first

Before you start applying for teaching jobs, you must be fully prepared to make the process a lot easier. Ensure your CV is up to date and that you have your personal statement sorted. You’ll want to tweak your application depending on the school, but having the basics in place will save you time and energy in the long run.

Where to find teaching jobs

There are lots of different places where you can discover teaching jobs. You can search via the Department of Education website, in newspapers, by applying directly to schools themselves, through local authorities, and through reputable teacher recruitment agencies too.

Don’t just apply anywhere

Before you begin, it’s also a good idea to take some time to think about what your values are, what you hope to achieve in your teaching career, and what’s important to you. The size of the school, its ethos, and the area can all influence your decision to apply. Start early and keep checking for vacancies, as you never know when your perfect position might crop up.

When to apply for a teaching role

The majority of schools will recruit through advertisements and selection procedures that are unique to them. Typically most teaching jobs will come up between February and June, though as we mentioned earlier, jobs can come up throughout the year. If a teacher wishes to resign from their post during the summer term, they must do so before the 31st of May, so keeping your eye out for positions opening up during and just after the end of May is wise.

Schools like to fill positions quickly to ensure they have a full body of staff to cover all lessons. Because of this, it’s vital to get your application in quickly, which is why it’s good to have all your materials ready to submit in advance.

If you have your heart set on a particular school, you could always approach them directly. They might not have any openings right away, but your forward-thinking and proactive approach may mean they’ll keep you in mind should a vacancy crop up.

Find your new teaching role through Horizon Teachers today

If you are searching for a new role in teaching, you’ll find plenty of exciting opportunities through our teaching vacancies, so why not take a look or get in touch with our team - we can help match you with your next ideal teaching role today.