5 Things Job Seekers Should Know Before Applying for a Teaching Job


Teaching profession is noble job as the teaching professionals build the nation and train other professionals. There are some criteria job seekers should know before applying for the teaching position. The knowledge of them will make them successful during interviews and perform well on the job.

1. General Responsibilities

There are general responsibilities a trained teacher and educator should possess and look up to before applying for a teaching job.

  • To set high personal standards in presentation, punctuality, etc.
  • To take a share in the general responsibilities of running the school and supervision of pupils, by carrying out duties in accordance with published schedules.
  • To undertake the role of national and international programmes, BECE, NECO, WAEC, IGCSE, A-LEVEL, SAT, IELTS, GRA, etc.as and when required and carry out all duties and connected responsibilities including taking registers in accordance with regulatory requirements, contributing to the PHSE programme and following up on all pastoral and academic concerns for individual pupils in the form.
  • To be aware of the school’s policy statements and to comply with their recommendations and procedures.
  • To support the School’s commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people at the school.
  • To comply with the School’s Health and Safety policy and undertake risk assessments as appropriate.
  • To read daily notices and attend staff briefings and other staff meetings and act upon information or arrangements.
  • To attend the Parents’ Meetings for relevant year groups.
  • To supervise and, when possible, teach any pupils whose teacher is not available to teach them.
  • To participate in and co-operate with, the school’s arrangements for the professional development of teacher performance.
  • To demonstrate an interest in continuing professional development.
  • To communicate effectively in meetings with colleagues, parents, etc.

2. Teaching Responsibilities

Any intending teacher or educator should be willing to take teaching responsibilities. Your application for the post is by accident.

  • To teach timetabled lessons and undertake all necessary preparation for the teaching of these lessons.
  • To follow structured schemes of work which ensure continuity and progression.
  • To assist within the development of and the planning within the English Department.
  • To keep a check on absentees and follow up as appropriate.
  • To select appropriate materials and methods of teaching including differentiated materials for children with special educational needs.
  • To establish good working relationships with groups and individuals and to encourage pupils to be actively involved in their own learning.
  • To promote and maintain an environment where pupils feel safe and able to learn.
  • To set and mark homework in accordance with school and departmental policy.
  • To monitor pupils’ performance and notify form tutors of pupils who persistently fail to meet deadlines.
  • To set work for classes in cases of planned absence and for unplanned absence, if possible. To ensure that all equipment is available for such lessons.
  • To keep records of pupils’ progress and be prepared to discuss individual progress with relevant staff.
  • To write reports on pupils’ progress and provide grades in keeping with the school’s Assessment Recording and Reporting Policy by the required deadline.
  • To make use of iSAMS for attendance, reporting, behaviour recording and to inform teaching.
  • To prepare comments for references as requested.
  • To set and mark internal examinations. To invigilate such examinations as required.
  • To submit estimated grades for external examinations and assist with the collation of Controlled Assessment marks.
  • To know and comply with the requirements of the examination boards. To conduct or invigilate examinations of any kind including Controlled Assessment in accordance with such requirements.
  • To review one’s work both individually and within the school as a whole.
  • To communicate with the Head of Department over matters of curriculum, resources, classroom management and discipline.
  • To attend departmental meetings and to contribute to departmental discussions about policy, teaching methods, future plans, etc. To assist in the implementation of any agreed policy.
  • To contribute to extra-curricular activities.
  • To ensure that care is taken of departmental resources.
  • To ensure that the laboratory is a safe environment in which to work.
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3. Person Specification

Person specification is the ability of the intending teacher or educator and what he/she can do. His/her educational qualifications, skills, experiences, etc.

Educational qualifications

Do you have at least education qualification?

A teaching qualification such as BE.d, ME.d, PGDE, PHD in Edu., or Major in education


  • You should have got a teaching experience, even if you just graduated, find somewhere to build your experience. The good experience to be a professional teacher or educator starts from 5 years. But you can get a good job if you have at least 2 years of experience.


  • An ability to deliver higher quality lessons.
  • An excellent attendance record.
  • Possess excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Good ICT skills

Personal Qualities

  • A willingness to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the School.

Have a passion for English Language and ideas about how to convey that to children

4. Hours of Jobs

During School terms you shall work all School hours while the School is in session and at any other time (including during school holidays, at weekends and before and after the School’s normal starting and finishing times) as may be necessary in the reasonable opinion of the Principal for the proper performance of your duties and according to the normal practice of an independent boarding school.

5. Extracurricular and Additional Duties

In keeping with normal practice in Independent Boarding Schools, all non-resident teaching staff will, in addition to any teaching responsibilities, put their skills and talents at the disposal of the School for the benefit of the children in the following ways:

  • To contribute to the extra-curricular provision which might include undertaking supervised prep and offering non-curricular after-school clubs or activities.
  • All non-boarding teaching staff will contribute to boarding activities and supervision to include weekend days and evening duties.

All additional activities are greatly appreciated.  In most cases, staff will exceed these requirements and in all cases, it is understood that the overall commitment of any individual must be taken into account. All job seekers should have this in mind before they apply for the next teaching job.

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