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How do I answer what is your vision for the school/post of responsibility? 

My clients often find this question tricky! Why? Because they haven't taken the time to dream about the changes they could make. A great way to think about it is - If you had a magic wand and you could make changes - what would they be?

Here are some further tips: 

  • Be authentic – Think about what difference you would love to make in the school. Reflect: How would the school be different in 5 years’ time? What opportunities might the staff, pupils and community have? How would they be acting?…

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Looking at our School 2016- A Quality Framework - A Practical Guide for Teachers







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The Looking at our School 2016 guide (available here ), is an essential tool to help you gauge your effectiveness as a teacher. In this blog post, I aim to give you a brief run down of what an effective or highly effective teacher looks, sounds and acts like. I have added some of th…

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Teaching Interviews: What if I get the feeling that they didn’t like me?







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The job-search can be a very daunting thing.

  • You know that you are up against many other applicants, and you hope to be the one to be selected for that great teaching job.

  • You have all the qualifications you need but feel that you may not have come across as well as you had hoped …

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Teaching Interviews: Memorising answers-how to avoid coming across as too rehearsed







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There are certain things that our interviewers will want to ask us about at interview. Knowledge of certain aspects of every profession that must be scrutinised at the interview stage - and the teaching profession is no different. You want to be as prepared as possible for your inte…

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How can I be more confident in interviews?







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Interviews can be nerve-wracking, especially the first few! You have been called for interview and you are delighted of course, but the thought of sitting there while you are being asked a barrage of questions can cause you to worry. What can you do to make you feel more confident i…

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Top CV Tips for Teachers - Writing a Personal Statement


Whether you’re applying for a job on https://www.educationposts.ie/ or creating a CV for substitute work an important element to your CV is a personal statement. A well written, self-aware and authentic personal statement (or professional summary) can be a fantastic way to sell yourself when looking for jobs or handing your CV around looking for substitute work.

Firstly, I should say that a personal statement or professional summary and I suggest that if you haven’t put thought and effort int…

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A career break experience – taking the time to figure out what you want


Many thanks to the wonderful Aistear Muinteoir for sharing her career break story with us. Availing of a career break is a fantastic opportunity to press pause on full time teaching in the classroom to take a chance to travel, look after your family and try out something different. Here is her experience.

Taking stock of where you are right now

Christmas and the New Year is always a time for reflection and planning. This time last year as I was relaxing during my Christmas break - I began as…

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