With so many facets to the role of a teacher nowadays, it’s important to communicate your skill set across the role requirements. Identifying key skills provides a good synopsis that will match any recruitment parameters but also highlight areas that you feel, or more importantly you can quantify are your strongest.
According to a survey, employers have found that more than 90% of applicants, when interviewed could not explain their skills, which is why it’s so important to provide proof or examples and quantify results in collaboration with the areas you have identified and practise!
In this article we are going to focus on work skills. Personal skills such as punctuality and honesty should be covered or certainly leave an impression within the interview. They come naturally and will be spotted, without you having to address them. You know what they say, if you have to tell someone you are honest (i.e.: on your CV), the chances are, you probably aren’t!
So back to work skills. Within a teaching role, there are numerous areas you should try to convey.
- An ability to engage pupils and identify their best learning methods in order to exercise appropriate teaching practices.
- A knowledge and understanding not only of the subject matter but how it can connect across all curricular areas.
- Evaluation methods to assess learner improvement and techniques for communicating value to what students are learning.
- Being a good role model and inspiring pupils to reach their full potential.
- A proven ability to be able to present and involve both children and adults in terms of both materials and tutorials.
- Your capability in managing behaviour, discipline and identifying opportunities to engross and absorb students.
- A level of pastoral care to assist pupils at every level as well as expertise in recognising additional support and requirements.
- Budget and strategic responsibilities as well as results in cost saving practices.
In reality, what interviewers are looking for is that you have a history for not only achieving results from yourself, your previous posts and your students but also, a bond that you can develop with your students. A strong ability to communicate and engage as well as a business side, especially if you are head of your department. Combine all this with an ability to be open to change and consistently source progressive and forward thinking approaches to teaching will show that you could be the one that makes a difference.