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Your Early Careers Teaching years are an amazing time to learn and absorb as much as you can about the industry. This prepares you for your exciting upcoming career.

Here are some of our tips to get you through your ECT years!

1. Choosing your school

When choosing where you want to start your career, it is important to ensure that the school setting is right for you. Don’t go for the first job offer you get if you are not sure about it. All schools should offer the same amount of support but some schools may be able to meet your needs better than others. This is something you’ll be able to find out in your interviews so make sure to put a lot of thought into what job offer you accept.

In the UK there are many types of schools you can do your ECT in:

  • Maintained school
  • Non-maintained special school
  • Maintained nursery school
  • Non-maintained nursery school
  • Independent nursery school
  • Nursery school that forms part of a maintained school
  • Local authority maintained children's centre
  • Pupil referral unit (PRU)
  • Independent school
  • Academy (including 16-19 academies)
  • Free school
  • City technology college
  • Further education (FE) institution, including a sixth-form college.
  • Independent school overseas, if it has been inspected within the last six years by a DfE-accredited inspectorate, has been found satisfactory in all categories, and is a member of an organisation which the DfE has determined may represent such schools.
  • School or FE institution in Wales, where you serve your induction period under Welsh regulations.

2. Plan ahead!

When starting a new chapter of your life it is important to feel prepared and getting your documents organised in a folder or a cloud can decrease the stress of starting.

Workload can be managed by planning lessons ahead of time and keeping in mind what your students already know and the core objectives of the lesson. Plan your activities around your aim and analyse how you will know that your students have understood the lessons objectives!

Be realistic with how much you can fit into your lessons and critically think about how your lessons are going to go and how your students are likely to respond. Keep it simple and ensure you are ready to adapt during your lessons.

You can learn from your mistakes, so don’t worry!

3. Prioritise professional development and ask for help!

To excel in this industry, at this stage you must prioritise personal development to be the best you can be in the future. Take advantage of any training offered and any extra experience you may receive, as a teacher, experience is invaluable. Another great habit to have is to act on your feedback. Whether it is positive or negative, your mentors are just trying to help you and shape you into the best teacher possible.

Everyone around you has been in the same shoes, don’t be afraid to ask for help as you can learn a lot from their past experiences.

4. Get to know your colleagues and your school!

Establishing relationships in your workplace is one of the most important aspects of your career. You will have the right support and advice, form a good professional network and receive opportunities in the industry.

Your colleagues will know the school better than anyone so taking time to get involved in school activities and creating relationships with your colleagues will make your experience a lot easier and much better!

5. Lastly, don’t forget about your wellbeing!

Make sure you don’t burn yourself out. We understand that the pressures that come with starting a career in a new place, with new people and making a name for yourself, however, always take time for yourself. Spend an evening every week doing something you enjoy to maintain a work life balance. You’ll be a better teacher if you prioritise your wellbeing and mental health.

We are here to support your career! Caring Services have spent over 20 years forging links with schools all around the Liverpool and Merseyside area. We can help you receive the best training and source the perfect school for you!

Good luck with your ECT and we know you will be a fantastic teacher!