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Embarking on your teaching career is an exciting journey, but the process of securing your first ECT role can be both challenging and rewarding. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to find your ideal teaching job. Plus, we’ll introduce you to a valuable resource — Ethos Education — that can connect you with opportunities in schools that may not have advertised publicly yet.

Step 1: Self-Assessment and Preparation

Before you start your ECT job search, take some time for self-assessment and preparation:
Reflect on your teaching philosophy, strengths, and subject or key stage specialism.
Prepare your teaching portfolio, including your CV which lists your placement experience, cover letter, and relevant certifications.

Step 2: Partner with Ethos Education
Specialising in permanent recruitment for teachers, Ethos Education is your ally in the ECT job search process. Contact Ethos Education to let us know you’re looking for a permanent ECT role. We have access to schools that may not have advertised publicly yet. We’ll connect you with opportunities that align with your preferences and qualifications, increasing your chances of finding the perfect role.

Step 3: Ace the Interviews
Preparing for ECT interviews is crucial:
Research the school’s culture, values, and educational approach.
Practice your responses to common interview questions and prepare questions to ask the interviewers. If you need help with this, Ethos Education can help with interview advice.
Showcase your passion for teaching and your ability to contribute to the school community, highlighting your potential as an ECT.

Step 4: Evaluate Offers
When you receive offers, carefully evaluate them:
Consider factors such as school culture, location, class sizes, and professional development opportunities that are beneficial for early career teachers.
Seek advice from mentors or experienced teachers if needed.

Step 5: Transition and Growth
As you step into your first ECT role, embrace the learning process:
Be open to mentorship and collaboration with experienced colleagues to grow.
Continually seek professional development opportunities to enhance your teaching skills.

Finding your first ECT role is a significant milestone in your educational career. By following these steps and partnering with Ethos Education, you’ll be well on your way to securing a rewarding and fulfilling teaching 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 teaching adventure!

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