How to apply for a school job

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If you are thinking of leaving your current profession to get into a school job or college job, these positions can be like gold dust, particularly Administrator and/or PA, Secretarial positions.

Some of you may be considering this career move to spend more time with your children. The lure of being off with your children through half terms and school holidays make more and more parents consider this move.

The key is making sure you are ready for a potentially life changing salary difference. Many schools and colleges pro-rata their advertised salaries so you would need to take this into account when applying.

One of our members recently applied for a school position and was offered the position solely because she did her home work first.

Follow our step by step guide here:

  1. When considering any school position, you should read Keeping Children Safe In Education. This document should be read by all staff and you should take a copy of it with you to your interview, particularly if you have not had previous school experience.
  2. Think very carefully about whether your temperament suits working in this field.  If you are hot headed and lack patience, this is not the place for you.
  3. To find potential school jobs, these can be found by doing a google search “school jobs in Waltham Forest“, “school jobs ealing” “school jobs in wakefield“.  Just change the area and at the top of the page, you will find a link to each one.
  4. Once you’ve found your relevant borough, click on the link to view all the jobs listed in that area.  To apply, you will need to read the job spec, then download the relevant forms to your desktop and complete each section.  You do not need to send a CV.
  5. Don’t give up.  Some schools do not reply to your application, but just keep applying and one eventually will.
  6. Once you have been selected for interview, you need to consider all the questions you could be asked.  These could be:
  • What would you do if you had a difficult parent, the phone was ringing and it is nearly your lunch break?
  • Could you describe your experiences with regards to ICT and how it supported you in your work?
  • Can you tell us what you can bring to the post?
  • We actively aim to promote and safeguard the welfare of children – what do you understand by this statement and can you give some examples of how you would ensure this within the school.

To see a list of potential questions and the best responses to them, click here and we will send you a full brief by email.  Our member used this brief and found that she was asked six of the questions that helped her secure the role.