Newly Qualified Teachers

The proportion of newly qualified probationer teachers in Scotland securing permanent employment remains at an alarmingly low level. This means that every job vacancy attracts many applicants and the competition for teaching posts is fierce.The General Teaching Council for Scotland states that in order to successfully meet the Standard for Full Registration (SFR) a probationer teacher is required to go through a fairly intensive period of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

In addition to the core CPD activities provided by individual local authorities, The Knowledge Exchange Partnership has devised a programme of both personal and professional sessions to equip you with the necessary knowledge and support to ‘shine’ in school and during an interview situation.

Join the educational experts, network with like-minded probationer teachers to give yourself the best opportunity of achieving your goal of securing a full-time permanent teaching position.

Please find the course details below:

The Application Process

Tutor: Marie Lecci

CV Writing is the first hurdle to gaining that all-important interview. But it can be a time-consuming and particularly daunting process, especially in today’s competitive climate, for the novice who is trying to climb onto the first rung of the employment ladder. Where do I begin? What do I write? What do I not write? This practical course deals with all aspects of CV writing including how to go about finding and applying for employment in teaching and other professional sectors. It offers professional advice through a hands-on approach and discusses the technical aspects that surround the writing and compilation of an excellent CV*

*Although not necessary, delegates attending this course may benefit from bringing along an example of a personal CV

Course Content

CV Writing and Overview

  • The application processes – applying to different local authorities
  • Completing the required information – language, style and content
  • How to present information in compelling format
  • What not to do

CV Presentaion – Applying the Criteria

  • Adapting your CV for a specific role – the importance of the “Criteria Led Selection” Process
  • Professional Review and Guidance
Interview Technique

Interview Techniques and Recruitment Skills in a Competitive Market

Tutor: Christine Percival & Marie Leucci

This course, in two linked and progressive sessions, will enable you to prepare and present yourself in the best possible way in order to enhance your opportunities for moving from Probationer Teacher to securing a full-time permanent contract. These workshops, geared to the individual, will cover CV writing and review, completion of applications, preparation for interview, interviewing skills and follow up. Two valuable additional benefits will be the development of adaptable recruitment skills, transferable to any employment opportunity, as well as an understanding of the realities of recruitment processes.

Course Content

CV Writing and Review

  • Preparation of CV – general – required pre-work before attending workshop – should give standard format for all attendees
  • Preparation of CV – job-specific – how to adapt to specific role (real or imagined) – come prepared with a job you wish to apply for
  • Review of CV – peer review and small group discussion

Completion of Applications

  • Application processes – advice on differences between local authorities
  • Completing the required information – language, style and content
  • How to present information in a compelling format

Preparation for interview

  • Know the job role
  • Know the context/culture
  • Know your interviewers
  • Know the format
  • Know (anticipate) the questions

Interviewing Skills

  • Listening, body language
  • Answering appropriately
  • Best foot forward
  • Mock interviews/questions – groups with interviewer, listener, observer(s) – filmed if possible; review, discuss, then repeat to show improvement

Follow Up

  • If positive outcome – next steps
  • If negative outcome – next steps
  • Review and discussion

Realities of Recruitment

  • Identifying the flaws in the process
  • What you cannot control
  • What you can control

Transferable Skills

  • CV preparation
  • Adapting your CV
  • Preparation for interview
  • Interview skills
  • Follow up
  • What not to do!
  • What to do
Collating Evidence for Job Search

Probationer Teachers know that their present posts are temporary and that they will need to look proactively for work. However, at the point of completing CVs and application forms, and going for interview, it can be difficult retrospectively for Probationer Teachers to remember all their relevant achievements and challenges, whether in their current post or in previous work or in their social and personal lives. The sooner such a personal ‘portfolio’ is started the better. This course covers how to start and continue to gather a body of evidence about skills, capacities and experience that will make the chances of finding work stronger. Such evidence can be used to apply for teaching jobs but can also provide a storehouse of information and ideas when applying to non-teaching jobs whether as a stop-gap or as a more long term alternative.

The course will cover:

What constitutes evidence?

  • Creating and maintaining a personal store of achievements
  • Applying and incorporating the evidence from existing review, recording and reflection mechanisms
  • Reflecting on the relevance and potential use of wider achievements outwith the professional life in increasing competitiveness in job search

The approach used will include formal input (brief), discussion, individual and pair reflection.

A Pupil Centred Approach to Differentiation

Tutor: Marie Leucci

Curriculum for Excellence advocates that all pupils should be given the opportunity to be taught in a way that best suits the way they learn. How can we support this philosophy in the busy classroom and cater for the needs of each child? A pupil-centred approach to differentiation is the key. This course will discuss the importance of not just what we teach but the way we teach and look at practical planning procedures to support differentiation in the classroom. All activities can be transferred immediately back in school.

What do we mean by differentiation?

  • The importance of emotion and learning
  • Teaching to individual learning styles
  • The Multiple Intelligence approach to raising standards

The practicalities of differentiation

  • Choices in Learning
  • Teaching strategies to enhance learning – Fun and Mind Mapping
  • Using children’s talents

How to plan and implement

  • Planning Procedures – seeing it on paper!
Challenge in Learning

Tutor: Iain Mitchell

“At all stages, learners of all aptitudes and abilities should experience an appropriate level of challenge, to enable each individual to achieve his or her potential”.

From Challenge and Enjoyment: the first principle of curriculum design (CfE)

The practical nature of the challenges motivates all young people, including those who may not be as academically strong to show their abilities and to learn by offering new, interactive routes into familiar subject areas.

Each challenge is cross curricular and the range of hard and soft skills involved is designed to give young people more confidence in both an academic context and in their ability to make a positive contribution while working effectively with others. The end result is achieved by the group, and each individual is given a responsibility to contribute.

Find out how this approach can be adapted to provide you with a practical framework for applying ‘Challenge in Learning’ in your school.

We will cover:

  • What is ‘Challenge in Learning’?
  • How to design cross curricular challenges
  • How to use ‘challenge in learning’ to support the needs of the learners
  • How to implement a sustainable and progressive challenge programme
Enabling Success Through Effective Questioning

Tutor: Marie Leucci

“If we think of our children as plants….summative assessment of the plants is the process of simply measuring them. The measurements might be interesting to compare and analyse, but, in themselves, they do not affect the growth of the plants. Formative assessment, on the other hand, is the garden equivalent of feeding and watering the plants – directly affecting their growth”
Shirley Clarke
(Unlocking Formative Assessment)

Effective questioning is a key element to Formative assessment. This course discusses practical ways that teachers can use to ensure that their questioning is effective and will demonstrate how we can engage pupils in the formative assessment process in order to enhance their learning.

Setting the scene

  • The importance of Learning Intentions
  • Evaluating their impact

Effective questioning in a range of contexts

  • Practical ideas to enhance teaching and learning

Feedback – unravelling the myth

  • Getting pupils involved in peer assessment
Working Effectively with Parents

Tutor: Marie Leucci

Gone are the days when schools were seen as having sole responsibility for children’s education – but although attitudes and mindsets have changed, there is still a way to go if we are to reap the benefits of true partnerships with parents and carers. Research findings indicate that parental involvement can raise standards of pupil attainment, develop pupils’ confidence and learning ability and even re-engage those parents who have become switched off from learning themselves. This course will discuss a wide variety of practical ideas and opportunities that teachers can offer to involve parents in their child’s education.

The benefits of involving parents

  • for children
  • for parents
  • for the school

How to develop successful partnerships

  • Developing parental confidence
  • Overcoming the barriers

School/Home/Community links – using parents to your advantage

  • Supporting pupil learning
  • Practical ideas to develop the 4 capacities