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As one of the largest and well established teaching agencies in the UK, Capita Education Recruitment has a network of offices across England and Wales.

We understand that the options available may seem daunting but we have experienced and dedicated consultants on hand to support you in making the right choice for you.

Our permanent team focus on finding you a position with a structured induction where you will be employed directly by the school as a permanent member of the school staff. Our permanent roles include primary, secondary and SEND, as well as work in maintained and independent sector.

Our emergency supply cover and long term teams will support you if you do not want a permanent position straight away and want to experience the different school environments available. They will be able to find you positions on either a day-to-day basis, where you can experience different schools, or a longer term position ranging from a few weeks to an academic year.

Can you help me find a job to complete induction?

Yes we can! Remember, you have five years from the date you were awarded your QTS to start your induction - so don’t panic!

There are several ways that we can help you complete your induction. We can find you a position that is for a minimum of a term whereby you can complete the first term of induction. If this placement finishes then we can find you another role starting on the following term, or you might feel you want to do some daily work before starting the next part of induction.

We can help you to find a temporary position with a school lasting one academic year, where we will be able to confirm that they will support you with induction.  Additionally, we can find you a permanent position with a school that will support you with induction.

Things to consider…

Have you thought about the length of commute you consider reasonable?

The commute to work will vary depending on where you live and the form of transport that you use to get to work but, as a general rule, most people will travel for up to an hour from their home address. Be realistic on your method of transport, for example an hour using public transport in a city will get you a lot further than an hour in a car driving through a city.

Have you thought about the type of school you want to work in?

There are a number of school types and criteria you need to consider. The most common types are:

  • Number of form entry
  • Mixed or single gender
  • Challenging and the level of challenge
  • Ofsted rating
  • Whether the school is an academy, free school, independent or state school
  • Through school
  • Secondary with KS5

Do you know where you will be living?

You may know exactly where in the country you want to live but if you are happy to go anywhere, now is the time to list all potential locations in order of preference otherwise you could become confused with schools and locations.

Have you researched the schools in the area?

Make sure that you look at the school website, read the Ofsted report, paying particular attention to the grading, and if there are any areas of improvement needed. Read the school prospectus, make yourself aware of the school’s ethos, and take note of the date of the last report as the school may have altered since its last inspection. You can also look up the school on the DfE website to gain an overview of its performance.

If you have any questions relating to the school prior to your interview, contact your Capita Education consultant. 

How should I prepare for an interview?

Interviews can take many different forms including:  

  • Traditional panel interview, where you will be put in front of a senior member of staff, usually the head or a deputy, the chair of governors and a member of teaching staff
  • Lesson observation; in primary schools this will normally be based around literacy or numeracy or a specific project the class are currently working on. In secondary schools you will normally ask you to teach a subject specific topic

Pay attention to the duration of the lesson they want you to teach… There is no point planning an hour’s lesson that you only have a 30 minute time slot to deliver! Once the lesson is complete they will then interview you.

  • Trial day; you will spend a day in the school covering either different year groups or a particular class and be observed at intervals throughout the day
  • One to one interview - where you will meet with a senior member of school staff in either a formal or informal setting
  • Some schools will perform telephone or skype interviews prior to inviting you into school

Have a list of questions that you want to ask the interviewer. Your consultant will be able to help you answer most of them, but always ask questions as it shows you have an understanding of what you are looking for from a school. A few topics you might want to consider include:

  • The school ethos and how it is implemented – this will show that you have researched the school and are keen to help them achieve their goals
  • The school's behaviour management strategy - it is important that you are comfortable with the methods used by the school
  • Any additional skills and interests you can bring to the school

What should I wear to an interview?

Always check with your consultant about the appropriate attire to wear for your interview; the dress code in schools may vary but, as a general rule, business attire is the safest option.

Check the Journey

Make sure you know where the school is located and, if you have time, do a trial run a couple of days before. Leave plenty of time to get to your interview – remember traffic and public transport can be unpredictable and it creates a much better impression if you arrive early and composed rather than flustered!!

Will I receive CPD whilst i’m working through Capita?

At Capita Education we understand the importance of professional development throughout your teaching career, however, we also understand that starting your first teaching position may be daunting, so we offer practical workshops around how to arrange your classroom, dealing with challenging behaviour and managing workloads to name but a few. As your career develops we are able to support you with ongoing CPD courses that are run at various locations across the country as we as web based training led by specialist trainers. Check out or CPD page for more information.

What to do next

Upload your CV, check out our contact us page and give the appropriate team a call.

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