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I’m a Graduating Early Career Teacher – What Should I Do Next?

Congratulations! You've just taken one of the biggest steps in your lifetime by becoming a qualified teacher. Understandably, you’ll be filled with questions and decisions about what to do next. Below is a guide on the things you should consider and preparing you for the workplace.

May 09, 2024

Gain Practical Teaching Experience

First and foremost, gaining hands-on teaching experience is crucial. The UK government recommends “new teachers gain at least three years of evidence-based training” before settling into the title of “Qualified teacher”. There are different options when it comes to building up this experience.


Volunteering for summer programs, taking part in substitute teaching, taking on several temporary contracts during your three years or securing a more permanent position all counts towards your hours to become qualified.

By completing these three years through temp contracts, you can experience a diverse range of classrooms, school setups, different socio-economic groups and different challenges. This will enrich your teaching portfolio and develop your skills. Alternatively, you can take a longer, more focused time at one placement that allows you to see the long-term relationships you can build at a permanent job.


Working with a Recruitment Agency

Navigating the early stages of your teaching career doesn't have to be a solitary journey. Partnering with a dedicated education recruitment agency can give you tailored guidance on your initial search for a placement. CV & interview tips to help you through the application and follow-up calls to ensure you are happy with your placement and iron out any issues if needed. More about how a recruitment agency can be your ally can be found here.


Make a solid first impression

We all know that old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”. You will want to bring your own style to the role, but there’s a few steps you can take to ensure you lead with the right foot, from your outfit options to your social approach. Learn how to land your first impression here.


Managing your classroom

Creating an engaging class and inspiring your students whilst maintaining order is a skill you’ll develop over time. Fundamentals such as lesson planning, diverse teaching strategies, and being responsive to student needs are all abilities you can develop from our researched classroom guidelines here.


For early career teachers stepping into the world of education this June, embrace the support systems available to them. From online resources to calling education consultant agencies like jjFOX, to ensure you feel confident and prepared at every stage.


To receive more tailored advice, contact our team of consultants with any questions you may have 0345 06 55 360.