Our Time at the Teacher Recruitment Fair – UWTSD

We we’re invited to attend the Teacher Recruitment Fair at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea yesterday! We had a great time chatting to the students about joining our agency and also just gave them general advice on how to get their foot even further in the door within the profession. Here are a few snaps of Jess having a chat to some lovely folk! Oh, and how lovely do our new banners look?! We’re just ever so slightly in love with them.








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Biology Teacher – Newport

Staffroom Education are currently short-listing for a Teacher of Biology vacancy in Newport , starting immediately for at least one term. We welcome applications at this time from both NQT’s and fully qualified Science Teachers.

The post is a full-time, temporary position within a progressive and improving 11 – 16 Community school in Newport. The person specification for this role recommends a determined and passionate subject Teacher, with the ability to encourage and inspire pupils of all social, economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Job Requirements:

  • A good understanding of Biology curriculum across all Key Stages;
  • Excellent classroom management strategies;
  • A passion for raising student expectations and achievement;
  • The ability to build strong working relationships with staff and pupils;
  • To remain up to date with educational developments and changes whilst undertaking the role;
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, confidentiality and data protection;
  • Attendance of curricular and extra-curricular events in line with school policy;
  • A current and clear, fully-enhanced DBS disclosure certificate;
  • Full registration with the Education Workforce Council.

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Teacher of Design and Technology

Staffroom Education are seeking a lively and enthusiastic teacher of Design & Technology to make a positive contribution within one of our schools in The Vale of Glamorgan. An important element of the timetable will be covering exam classes within the Resistant Material curriculum therefore the successful applicant will have a good working knowledge and understanding of this. The position has an immediate start, and is expected to last for at least 8 weeks. This is an exciting opportunity that would suit both experienced and Newly Qualified Teachers who hold Qualified Teacher Status.


The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate:

  • Comprehensive subject knowledge.
  • A natural ability to inspire learning.
  • Fantastic classroom management skills.
  • An ability to build strong working relationships with staff and pupils.
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person;

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Supply Teaching – Essentials Guide

Ah, the joys of supply teaching! Although it’s a wonderful way to earn money working around your schedule, it can often be combined with that dreaded fear of waking up early and having to rush to a job because an opportunity has popped up so last minute. We get it, it can be stressful getting yourself organised when there can be so much uncertainty surrounding your daily routine. So to cure that stress, we’ve come up with a Supply Teaching Essentials Guide!


These essentials are something you should have ready always if you do supply teaching. Every single day will be completely different for supply teachers, but this essentials guide will help to have things prepared that mornings aren’t so manic. Fingers crossed. After all – preparation is key!

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Interviews – Avoid Doing This

You’ve got an interview, hooray! Naturally you’re probably feeling super excited, but those feelings of excitement will most likely turn you into a big bag of nerves the morning you wake up and head on over to your interview (sorry to be the bearer of bad news). That is pretty normal though, I mean you have been on that dreaded job hunt for a while now, so you need to make sure that you nail this interview.

Just don’t forget that you are qualified for the job otherwise you would not have received that invitation to interview, right? Now it’s just time to make a pretty perfect impression. So try not to let your nerves get the best of you and follow our guide on what to avoid doing when it comes to your interview day and fingers crossed you’ll be in that dream job.


Don’t arrive late or too early to your interview.

Arriving late is a big no-no. If this is the job you’ve been lusting over for a while, then do everything you can in your power to make sure you are not late. Believe it or not, being too early can be somewhat off putting for a recruiter too. They will most likely have a scheduled day with a million and one things to do so try not to arrive more than 10-15 minutes before. If you’re super early for your interview, why not scope out the area and grab a coffee in the area to calm those nerves? Bliss.


Don’t talk negatively about your previous job or the colleagues in your interview.

This one might sound like we’re pointing out the absolute obvious. But often when somebody is nervous it is common to over talk and perhaps give out too much information. Just try to make sure this doesn’t include discussing negative attributes about previous jobs or any colleagues – being a team player is a huge aspect of most roles. So perhaps keep it to yourself that in your last job Susan kept stealing your milk from the fridge.


Don’t keep checking your phone or watch throughout your interview.

This is something people can do without even knowing that they are doing – talk about an accidental general habit. However, in an interview restrain yourself from doing this at all. If need be, don’t wear a watch and turn your phone off. You may be doing these things in the most innocent possible way, but it can be a pet hate for the interviewer. Make sure that you focus all your attention on the interview.


Don’t eat or drink through your interview.

You may have had a cheeky piece of gum just before your interview but make sure you’re not too distracted to get rid of it before you begin! It may be somewhat comforting to chew gum when you’re nervous but in an interview it has a negative impact. Your interviewer may offer you a drink and of course accept it, but turning up with a Starbucks doesn’t give the greatest impression and your interviewew may get slightly jealous too (woops)!

Although these may seem like real obvious things to avoid, nerves can often make them common actions within an interview. Don’t forget though that nerves are completely normal! If anything – they show how much you care for the role. If you have any other advice on what to avoid doing in interviews then please comment in the box bellow or tweet us over at @StaffroomEd.