Finding your ECT role

A How-to Guide: Landing Your ECT Role

ECTs, embarking on your teaching career is an exciting journey, but the process of securing your first teaching role can be both challenging and rewarding.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to find your ideal ECT job. Additionally, we’ll introduce you to a valuable resource — Ethos Education.

Step 1: Self-Assessment and Preparation

Firstly, reflect on your teaching philosophy, strengths, and subject or key stage specialism. Secondly, prepare your teaching portfolio, including your CV which lists your qualifications, work history as well as your placement experience. Additionally, remember to include what key stages you’ve taught, key achievements and contribution to the wider school life.

Step 2: Partner with Ethos Education

Specialising in permanent recruitment, Ethos Education have helped many ECTs find their first role and is your ally in the job search process. We have access to schools that may not have advertised publicly yet and can connect you with opportunities that align with your preferences and therefore increase your chances of finding the perfect ECT role.

Step 3: Ace the ECT Interviews

Research the school’s culture, values, and educational approach. In addition, practice your responses to common interview questions and prepare questions to ask the interviewers. Finally, showcase your passion for teaching and your ability to contribute to the school community, highlighting your potential as an ECT. Contact Gemma if you need any interview advice.

Step 4: Evaluate ECT Offers

Beyond the salary, consider the school’s values, culture, and educational philosophy. Reflect on the opportunities for professional growth and development, such as mentorship or access to training. Lastly, take into account the rapport you felt during the interview process with the school’s staff and leadership. Considering all these factors together will help you make an informed decision that aligns with your values, career goals, and personal preferences.

Finding your first teaching role is a significant milestone

By following these steps and partnering with Ethos Education, you’ll be well on your way to securing a rewarding and fulfilling ECT position that aligns with your goals and values. Your journey as an educator is about to begin, and the impact you’ll make on students’ lives is immeasurable. Best of luck on your ECT adventure!


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