how to apply for maths teacher jobs.

03/01/2019

If you're looking for your next maths teacher job, whether you're a newly qualified teacher or an experienced maths specialist, you'll play a key role in educating your pupils. You'll be at the heart of the classroom, teaching a sometimes tricky and complex subject to students, igniting their passion for numbers and inspiring them to look for mathematical answers.

You will need excellent communications skills and the ability to motivate your pupils to learn. After that, it is a case of applying for the right role for you.

Here is our advice on how to get the most out of your application and ensure the best chance of success.

When to look for maths teacher jobs.

Schools are always on the look out for qualified and engaging maths teachers. So, vacancies will be advertised all year around, especially for day-to-day and long-term and fixed-term roles. There will usually be a peak for permanent roles at Easter time, ready for a September start date. 

As a maths teacher, your skills are always in demand; the percentage of teachers teaching maths without a relevant post A-level qualification in the subject rose to 22% in 2017. So, if you are qualified and motivated, you'll have a great chances to secure a fantastic role in a great school.

Maths teacher application process.

For most teaching jobs you will need to fill out an application form alongside a CV and covering letter. You may also have to write a personal statement detailing your strengths and experience as a maths teacher before being called for interview.

  • Do your homework – if you can, visit the school and get a feel for the teaching style and ethos. It will give you a better idea of what they are looking for
  • Avoid silly mistakes – make sure you check through your application carefully to ensure you are answering the questions correctly
  • Spelling and grammar – check for any spelling or grammar mistakes before you send it
  • Personal statement – try to answer the criteria listed in the advert in the personal statement, explaining how you meet them and why you’re right for the job. Use measurable achievements as examples of your skills
  • Feedback – always ask for feedback if you don’t get shortlisted. It can be invaluable in helping you to improve your next application

What to highlight on your CV and application.

Newly qualified teachers:

  • As an NQT you might not have much actual work history so highlight any relevant, volunteering, placements and work experience you have undertaken.
  • Highlight any skills you have acquired through both your own education journey to become a maths teacher and through extra-curricular activities you might have been involved with. For example, if you were captain of the football team at your university, you could use this as evidence of your teamwork and leadership skills.

Experienced teachers:

  • Discuss your most recent role, what you have learned from it and what you can bring to the maths role you are applying for
  • Highlight any specific projects you have been involved with. For example, you might have been instrumental in fundraising for extra equipment at your last school or set up an after-school study programme for students

How to prepare for the interview.

There is plenty you can do to make sure your interview runs smoothly.

Before the interview:

  • Find out all you can about the school, its Ofsted report, latest exam results and search for any news stories. Make use of online teacher forums to get an alternate view
  • Ensure you are familiar and up-to-date with all the latest developments in the maths curriculum
  • Keep an eye out for news stories on latest trends, new teaching methods or government education announcements that might feed into your interview
  • Make sure you know where you are going and how to get there, leaving yourself plenty of time so you don’t arrive late and flustered

During the interview:

  • Expect to answer questions not just about teaching, but about everything from how current government policy affects education and pastoral care to what your behaviour management strategy is to engage pupils
  • Take your time answering and think through your answers before you rush headlong into them
  • Be polite, smile and be positive. Self-reflection is good but avoid negativity and instead concentrate on how something has improved your teaching ability

Time spent preparing pay off during the interview, allowing you to be more confident delivering answers you’ve researched and prepared and having clear examples and achievements to back up your statements, giving you the best possible chance of securing the role. If you want any extra support with preparing for an interview, click here to view our video guide. Good luck with your job search!