Applications Advice for Newly Qualified Teachers:

Finding Vacancies in Schools:

Local Authority Advertisements: Teaching and Support Staff.

Local Authorities
are a major source of recruitment, with many offering the facility to send out weekly email teaching job bulletins.

To find a national list of local authorities’ websites click on: Find Your Local Council.

“Primary Pool vacancies”

A few North West local authorities (and others across the country) also operate their own “NQT primary pool”. This is a teacher recruitment database enabling an NQT to complete an online application form using the job description provided and they work in different ways.

Generally, head-teachers then have access to these candidates when a vacancy arises, however, some pools also carry out interviews. Acceptance into a pool does not guarantee a job and you should still look out for vacancy adverts in your chosen authorities as well as applying via their pool. In addition, some authorities operate a pool for secondary vacancies.

Finding Local Authority Vacancies in the North West: Teaching and Support Staff.

The Association of Greater Manchester 10 local authorities now advertise all school-based vacancies on: Greater Jobs. You can register on this site to receive e-alerts about relevant vacancies. You can also join their “talent pool” which allows you to save your details.

Manchester City Council:

Teach Manchester

Manchester has an NQT talent pool, info is on the link above. Candidates apply to the pool, are checked for accuracy, and then all local primary head-teachers can access the database of candidates. This is open all year round.

The site above also has a live vacancy feed for primary and secondary positions as well as support staff roles. Contact info:  or call: 0790 4656 162.

Roles are also advertised on Greater Jobs.


GOV | Salford. 

The Primary Newly Qualified Teacher Pool is open until 24th February 2020 for jobs with a September 2020 start. Apply on the Greater Jobs website. All primary, secondary and special schools positions are advertised on: Greater Jobs and in the TES.

Salford Diocesan:

Diocese of Salford
 - look for 'NQT Primary Pool'.

The Primary Pool identifies candidates who would be recommended for interview to Catholic schools with a vacancy for 1st September 2020. NQTs are welcome. The pool closes on Friday 31st January 2020. Interviews taking place Tuesday 24th March 2020. Further enquiries should be made to

Secondary vacancies adverties here, as and when they arise.


GOV | Trafford

No pool system, positions are advertised on Greater Jobs | Trafford.


GOV | Stockport

Stockport LA does not operate a pool system. Positions are advertised on: Greater Jobs | Stockport.


GOV | Oldham

Oldham are operating a primary pool this year. It will be advertised on the Teach Oldham Website and Greater Jobs with a closing date of Spring half term. They will not formally close, but the earlier people register the more times their details will be seen.


GOV | Bolton

Bolton are not operating a pool for NQT jobs this year. They advertise all school vacancies on: Greater Jobs | Bolton.


GOV | Bury

Jobs are advertised on: Greater Jobs | Bury.

This year, Bury is running an NQT primary pool, see link above. It opened in December, the closing date is noon on 10th January 2020 at 12 pm.



Rochdale usually operates an NQT primary pool, advertised on: Greater Jobs | Rochdale.  From these applications, candidates are selected for the Rochdale Pool. Applications are then shortlisted and interviewed by around 10 local head-teachers. Candidates are graded and head-teachers can then invite them for a further discussion at their individual school.

Secondary vacancies are also advertised on an individual basis on the above site.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of your application please telephone the Schools HR team on 01706 925145 and 01706 925025.


GOV | Tameside

No primary pool. Uses Greater Jobs | Tameside to advertise teaching positions as they arise.    


GOV | Wigan

Uses Greater Jobs | Wigan to advertise teaching positions as they arise.

Cheshire East:

GOV | Cheshire East
Teaching vacancies are advertised online as they arise.

Cheshire West:

Gov | Cheshire West
 Teaching vacancies advertised on this link as they arise.


Teaching vacancies are advertised here as they arise: GOV | Derbyshire.


Derby Primary NQT Pool 2020

Primary teachers looking to obtain their first job in Derby are invited to apply to this Derby NQT ‘pool’. It is organised by primary schools in the city and the details of those who successfully get into the pool are circulated to all Derby headteachers. They can select candidates from the pool and fast-track their recruitment directly to the final stage interviews at school.

The interviews to join the pool are held at Derby County’s iPro (Pride Park) stadium on 13th February with headteachers and senior leaders from across the city. They are looking for high quality new teachers who they would recommend to their headteacher colleagues in Derby. Being on the pool list is not a guarantee of a job, but your information is sent to all local headteachers recruiting in 2020. Being on the pool list will not be the only way of getting a job in a Derby school.

Blackburn with Darwen Council:

Blackburn with Darwen Council
 are operating a pool this year. Closing date: Monday 20th January 2020. NQT Formal Interview Day: Thursday 12th March 2020.

Other Useful Sources of Vacancies:

MMU Careers and Employability Vacancy Site:

Make sure that you are registered on My Career Hub our MMU Careers & Employability vacancy site as we receive a lot of teacher vacancies, especially in the spring and summer terms. We also feature opportunities to teach abroad: Find a Job.

National Press:

Many schools and FE colleges advertise vacancies in:

Local Press:

Adverts can be found in your local press, especially for short-term or part-time posts. For example, if want to work in Greater Manchester, look at: Fish 4 Jobs.

Education Jobs Boards:

Teaching in Further Education:

Most colleges advertise on their own website and some on local authority sites. See also the lists of agencies at the end of this handout, many of which carry college vacancies as well as the general Education Jobsboards listed above.

Teaching Offenders:

If you are interested in working within prisons and young offenders institutes, have a look at: Born out of The Manchester College, Novus is the main UK deliverer of offender education and training.

Religious Schools Sites:

The following often carry advertisements for teaching positions, especially for those in faith-based schools:


Study Centre Opportunities:

Special Education:

Teaching Abroad:

Jobs for trained teachers in international schools:

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) info:

Teaching Agencies:

How to get the best from teaching agencies:

If you’re not sure how best to approach recruitment agencies have a look at this article: Prospects | Recruitment Agencies.

General Advice:

There are a vast number of agencies offering short-term school-based work in the North West and the UK as a whole working with schools to help them recruit staff. Some specialise in daily supply teaching, others have longer term and permanent teaching jobs and some do both. How do you decide which ones to register with?

Some questions you could ask would be:

Some agencies may purely offer daily supply jobs others may specialise in permanent jobs.

This is an important one. Some agencies may tend to cover one geographical area. Larger agencies may have offices across the UK, which is good if you decide to relocate.

Top tip is to ensure if you undertake a long-term role that it is paid to scale.

Some agencies have offices abroad or an international teaching department.

Some agencies hold NQT events and training sessions for teachers throughout the year.

Be selective, and only register with a couple of agencies. Some NQTs think by registering with lots of different agencies it will maximise their chance of work, however in reality it can be quite stressful to manage. Remember, recruitment consultants are NOT careers advisers. They are sales people and are paid based on the people they place into jobs.

Can I complete my NQT year whilst in a temporary role?

You can still complete terms of your induction whilst working on supply (if in a “long term role”) but always make sure you ask the school at interview stage before accepting.

Below is a list of some of the main North West agencies (obviously there will be additional relevant agencies not on this list) and a few national teaching agencies that specialise in offering supply work to qualified and newly qualified teachers.

Many also carry permanent vacancies, college positions, as well as educational support vacancies. Many also have Early Years sections listing nursery nurse positions. Appearance on this list does not mean that the Careers & Employability Service recommends the agency.

Some agencies covering the North-West Area:

Want to work outside the North West?  

A selection of other education agencies:

Careers and Employability Support

The Careers and Employability Service offers a range of support to Manchester Met students and graduates:


Detailed Careers Guides: Our full range of careers guides, including information on finding and applying for work and further study opportunities are available on our website.

Ask a Careers Question Online: Get online advice through My Career Hub, ask your question at any time and receive support via email.

Careers Consultant Appointments: Book a 30 minute appointment to discuss working or studying abroad with a Careers and Employability Consultant.

Careers Events: Meet employers and enhance your employability by attending our workshops, employer events and careers fairs.

Term-Time Drop-In:

Every week during term-time in Brooks Student Hub

For more information visit 

Careers and Employability Support

We offer range of support services to Manchester Met students and graduates:

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