The Staffroom

Career advice for teachers looking for a new role


15 tips for surviving your NQT year

Alice, a History teacher who qualified in 2015, shares her top tips to surviving your NQT year. Alice is now Head of History and Head of year in a Secondary School in North West England.


Tips for a classroom observation

Ofsted lesson observations have changed. Ofsted no longer award a grade for the quality of teaching for individual lessons visited and they do not expect schools to use the Ofsted evaluation schedu...


Get your teaching application form right

So, whether you’re applying for a teaching post directly with a school or through an agency, there will be an application form. And getting it right is as important as getting the cover letter, CV,...


Tips on writing your teaching cover letter

A covering letter is an important addition to your application form and/or CV, and it adds a lot of depth to your application. However, many education professionals struggle to create a strong lett...


Is it time to resign from your teaching role?

Being a teacher is a challenging job, but it should also be rewarding- and ultimately make you happy. Here are some of the key warning signs that could suggest that you might not be in the right role.


Long term supply vs permanent teaching post

Many teachers are now choosing to do long term supply teaching as opposed to finding a new permanent position. So, what is the difference between the two options and why is supply making a comeback?


Our top teaching tips

Our teachers share some of their top teaching tips on lesson planning, marking, classroom observations and exam preparation. Take a look below!


Top marking tips

Focus on the key points Grades are a means to the end, not the end goal, so you don't need to look at everything. It can be useful to have one or two key assessment criteria to look out for. What i...