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FAQs

I have registered. What happens next?

You will receive an acknowledgement e-mail to confirm that we have received your details. You will then be able to return to the site using the log in process and complete your job requirements and profile.

I have completed my profile. What happens next?

Once you have completed your profile and saved it, it will automatically be uploaded onto our secure database. Once they have registered their school with Teacher Profiles, Headteachers will be able to view your job requirements and profile but will not be able to identify you. You remain in control. Schools can contact you only through our secure email service. If you choose not to reply they will remain unaware of your identity.
It is only when you choose to contact the school direct that you will release your personal details.

Why only 120 words?

The profile gives you the chance to stand out from the crowd and draw the attention of Headteachers. It is meant to be short and snappy. It does not replace a CV or supporting statement. You can choose to send these later, direct to any Headteacher who has expressed an interest.
Limiting the number of words helps keep you focussed and creates a level playing field for all candidates.

I don’t want my current Head to know I am thinking about moving. Will he/she find out, if my school has subscribed?

No! No personal details are visible on the website (name, address, contact details, current school). Headteachers who register their school on the site will see only your job requirements and your profile.

I am not looking to change schools/jobs in the near future. What is the advantage of registering now?

If you are happy in your current post, congratulations. Teacher Profiles is committed to teacher satisfaction. An important part of that is to empower teachers to be proactive in managing their careers. Your online profile enables you to assess how marketable you are and negotiate with current or future employers your true worth.
Remember, too, that schools are always on the lookout for talented staff and may contact people prior to advertising a post.

When is the best time to post my profile to attract offers?

Now! More and more schools are carrying vacancies throughout the year and are constantly on the lookout for teachers. Of course, there are high points in the recruitment calendar. In a six-term year these are the end of term one and beginning of term two (for a January start); the end of term three and beginning of term four (for Easter); end of term five and beginning of term six (for September).
Inevitably the summer terms (five and six) are the busiest. The start of the academic year (September) is still the time when most vacancies are (hopefully) filled.

I have not heard from a school? What should I do?

1. Be patient. The premise of Teacher Profiles is that you will be there whenever schools in your chosen area find they have vacancies. Remember, too, that recruitment often happens in waves (see above).
2. Widen your search area. The wider you cast your net, the more schools will be alerted to your availability.
3. Revisit your profile. Make sure you are promoting your best (unique?) knowledge, skills and experience… and check your spelling!!

Can I access Teacher Profiles from my smartphone?

The Teacher Profile website is able to be viewed an all smartphones and tablets without any loss of functionality. You can register, edit your details and profile and manage your account all from the convenience of your phone or tablet.

Where will I find the job roles on offer?

With Teacher Profiles, the jobs come to you! Schools will search the site as soon as a vacancy occurs and contact us. We will forward the job offers to you.

I am thinking of returning to teaching. How can Teacher Profiles help me?

By registering your details with Teacher Profiles, you will be able to alert schools as to your availability for work. Several of our partner schools offer support for those re-entering the profession.

I am looking for a part-time post, is Teacher Profiles for me?

Teacher Profiles is ideal for anyone seeking part-time work, whether it is short-term, temporary or permanent. Schools often have difficulty in placing adverts for those who wish to teach part-time or for a limited period of time. Schools will be able to find you quickly online- just specify your requirements in the appropriate box.

Does Teacher Profiles offer the opportunity to seek temporary or supply work?

Yes. If you are seeking short-term, temporary or supply work, you can specify this on the application form and schools will find you. You will require a DBS certificate before you can start work. Note that Teacher Profiles is not a registered body. Those seeking an enhanced DBS or portable DBS must register with an appropriate body. This may be something that the school will arrange. If you already have a portable DBS then schools will be able to run a background check immediately through the update service. (see below)

If I trained as a secondary school teacher, can I work as a primary school teacher?

Yes, provided you have QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) you can move from secondary to primary and vice-versa. However, a PGCE in Further Education does not lead to QTS for compulsory education. To move from primary to secondary education you will usually require a subject specialism that you can teach up to GCSE.

I am an Overseas Trained Teacher. Can I register on Teacher Profiles?

Overseas trained teachers (OTTs) from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) are able to teach in England for up to four years without the need to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), provided that your visa / work permit allows you to work in the UK. As such you are able to undertake temporary work and this is, in fact, a recommended means for OTTs to gain experience of the UK education system and British schools prior to gaining QTS.

Does Teacher Profiles work with the independent sector?

Yes. Independent schools will also be able to search for appropriate teaching staff through Teacher Profiles.

Isn’t a web-based service impersonal?

Our extensive and, above all, personal experience of the recruitment process and our hands-on success with coaching and mentoring hundreds of teachers, from trainees to Headteachers means we have designed the appropriate web platform and tools to deliver the best service to both schools and teachers.

What is a DBS (formerly CRB)? What is a portable DBS?

A DBS (CRB) is the term used to refer to a background check performed by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). For the latest information, visit: https://www.gov.uk/DBS. An ‘enhanced disclosure’ from the DBS is a pre-requisite for any person who wishes to work with children or vulnerable adults, regardless of their job role.
In June 2013 the DBS introduced the ‘DBS Update Service’ - an online system to allow employers to check if any updated information is held on an applicant since the Certificate was issued. For an annual subscription of £13, an individual can subscribe to the Update Service to make their Disclosure Certificate portable. This must be done within 30 days of getting your DBS.

Visit https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview for information and services offered.

What is QTS and how do I get it?

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is awarded to a teacher upon the successful completion of an appropriate training programme.