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How to get that teaching job

Recruitment & Retention
The jobs market for teachers has become increasingly difficult to navigate in recent years. School leader Ben Solly offers his advice to young teachers when applying for that dream job.

Ten years ago, if you successfully completed your PGCE or GTP course and gained qualified teacher status, the likelihood was that you would be able to get a teaching job, even in competitive subjects like PE, DT and the arts. 

What a difference a decade can make! Teacher training has evolved into the recently formed Schools Direct programme and securing a permanent teaching post is a real challenge for those entering the profession. 

Pressure on pensions has meant that many teachers will have to work longer and increased significance on students achieving the combination of English Baccalaureate subjects is squeezing some of the more creative subjects out of the curriculum. 

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