Over the last few months we've tested our free national search and listing service for teaching roles in schools in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and the North East of England. We've made improvements based on feedback and observation and are now ready to roll it out across England in stages
A phased approach
Rolling out the service in stages allows us to further test and refine the service. Schools will be invited to start listing roles on the service according to which Regional School Commissioner (RSC) region they're in (or, in the case of multi-academy trusts, which RSC the majority of their schools fall in).
Here is our provisional roadmap for when the service will be available in your area. If you are:
- a school hiring staff: you can find out when your headteacher will be invited to start listing vacancies on the new site
- a jobseeker: you can find out when teaching roles will be listed in areas where you want to find jobs
These dates are our best projections but they may change as we learn and test how the new site is performing. We will update them here if they change.
Find and zoom on the interactive map.
|Provisional dates||Regions included||Status of roll-out|
|From May 2018||Test phase - participating schools in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and North East England||Complete|
|From July 2018||Remaining schools in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and North East England||All schools invited|
|From August 2018||Schools from:
RSC region South Central England & North West London
RSC region East of England & North East London
RSC region North England
|All schools invited|
|From November/ December 2018||Schools from:
RSC region South East England & South London
All schools invited
|From January 2019||Schools from:
RSC region Lancashire & West Yorkshire
RSC region East Midlands & Humber
|From February 2019||Schools from:
RSC region West Midlands
RSC region South West England
How we chose the regions for each phase
We ordered the regions based largely upon our analysis of data we collected. Regions were prioritised if they:
- have consistently shown a higher than average number of vacancies (based on regional vacancy data from the Schools Workforce Census and other sources)
- are regions where teachers tend to look locally for teaching roles (based on regional teacher mobility data in the Teacher Analysis Compendium)
- are forecast to have a higher than average number of vacancies (based on trends and growth rates in teacher vacancies across regions, determined using the Schools Workforce Census and other sources)
- account for a higher than average number of users who have already registered interest (this was corroborated by speaking with regional teams)
Other sources include listings on third party websites and observations based on regional differences between teacher vacancies from the wider web and other service providers.
The theory of viral change
We also used the theory of viral change to help plan our roll-out of the service. This is the idea that a small number of influential individuals endorsing a behaviour leads to a much larger number of people adopting that behaviour until it becomes the new norm. In our case that behaviour is using the service.
Early in development we selected regions where we had valuable influencers, high levels of interest and could expect to generate the critical mass needed for viral change. This, combined with data analysis, helped us grow the service early on.
We need your help!
While viral theory and data analysis have been valuable tools, fundamentally we rely on you to help us make real our vision for a national search and listing service for teaching vacancies. So please help us spread the word. And if you hire teachers for a school, make sure to create your account as soon as you receive your invitation so you are ready to list teaching roles.
Visit Teaching Vacancies.