Apply for your Primary School Now

The time has arrived for parents to apply for places to schools for next September. Children born between the 1st September 2011 and the 31st August 2012 need to fill out an application form for the school of their choice before mid-January 2016 or face potentially losing out on a place.

Applications Must Be In By January 15 2016

Parents will need to list five schools they hope to attend, including the family’s nearest priority school in order to be considered for a place in good time. It has been shown in previous years that if you apply late you have a 30% less chance of getting into any of the preferred choices for your child, so punctuality is important.


Population Rise = Less Places to Go Around

Every year, teachers and teaching assistants see a spike in the population of young children and that only serves to make the school place situation worse, with many children missing out on their top five choices due to overcrowding and late applications. Last year in Leeds alone, 159 late applicants were unable to be given any of their preferences because the places had been filled, so if you are serious about a certain school, make sure to get your application in sooner rather than later!

New Years Resolutions

The new school year has just begun! And with the turning of the year, many new primary supply teachers and teaching assistants have taken to Facebook and Twitter to share their new year’s resolutions for the start of the teaching year.

positive-300x225Often New Year’s Resolutions can be a pain to stick with, however if you work hard and try at it, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.

It is funny to think of teachers across the country setting New Year’s Resolutions in September, but as with any profession, goal setting is important.

Some of the most popular resolutions we have seen floating around are short and sweet such as ‘Find the Balance’, ‘Be Creative’ and ‘Stay Positive.’

With more pressure being put on teachers it can be hard to find the balance between work and life, and it can be hard to stay positive. However the rewards of teaching are far superior, and through perseverance you can really help your pupils to shine!

Helpful CV Advice

At Redbox Teachers we are always looking for talented teachers and teaching assistants to join our professional teaching team. With a wide range of different schools in need of teaching assistants, supply teachers and full time teachers throughout London and the surrounding areas, having good staff on hand is more important than ever.

When it comes to applying for a job you want, it is crucial to have a good, well written CV that provides all the necessary information in a clear way that is easy for the interviewer to read. A good CV will not span more than one page, although in some cases a two page CV is accepted. When writing a good CV try to remember these three R’s


How relevant is your experience? Depending on the job you are applying for you may have had positions in which you had similar responsibilities. Likewise if you were responsible for any clubs that are relevant to the position you are applying for (for example if you managed an IT club and are applying for the position of an IT teaching assistant), whether for a school or university, this is useful to mention on your CV.


How recent is your experience? Try to only document your latest achievements and employments. If there is an extended period of time in which you were not employed, you need to state a good reason for this.


In a teaching position we are looking for someone who speaks good English and has a good comprehension of English and Maths. Qualifications are a good thing to list although exact grades are not always required.

Below is an example CV template which we believe provides a good indication of what employers look for in a good teaching assistant or supply teacher. Remember to tailor your CV to the position you are applying for, as the experience you have gained may not always be relevant to the job application!





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Personal Statement

(Write in first person and keep it short and sweet. Try not to use generic words so that you stand out from other people)


(Put your education from most recent to previous, and include the name of your school, qualification and result) E.g.

University of London

(2011 – 2014)

BA Education – 2:1

Professional Work History

(Put your most recent position to your previous; include the name of the organization, the dates you were there and your job title. Put a few bullet points explaining your role and how vital you were to the organization. AWLAYS USE PAST TENSES) E.g.

Primary School

(Sept 2013 – Dec 2013)

Teaching Assistant

  • Assisted the teacher to reach the objectives of the lesson
  • Prepared and guided children when doing activities


Voluntary Work

(Voluntary work will make you stand out so if you have done it then make sure you put it on your CV)

Additional Skills/Interests

(Include skills such as IT, software packages, teamwork, creativity etc)


(You will need two employer references from your most recent positions)

London Schools Crisis

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At RedBox Teachers we understand how important it is to be able to connect hardworking supply teachers and teaching assistants and good schools in your local area. We work on a personal level to find you a job that suits your individual needs, be it long term or short term, part time or full time. We have noticed that schools in London seem to be suffering from a shortage of teachers, especially because there are around 800 children thought to have missed out on primary school places last year.

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In 2011-2012 a stunning 6000 plus children applied for reception places compared to the previous year. It is thought that between 2011 and 2016 there will be a shortage of over 78,000 primary school places in London alone.

So what can be done? Local councils are putting measures in place to improve conditions in struggling schools, which have seen a decline in applicants. The Government has already spent £1 billion to create more places for children. With a view to plan for more funding in the future the government are trying to combat the impact that soaring birth rates will have on primary schools.

There have been claims made that children could be taught in shifts, some in the morning, the rest in the evening, in order to provide every child with equal opportunity. However, this could have severe complications to the quality and consistency of education.  So why not take measures to increase teaching opportunities at schools?

Studies have shown that children learn faster and have a better understanding of source material when taught in small groups. Cramming more children into larger classes will prove to be a detriment to learning in general. Existing teachers will find themselves overwhelmed with schoolwork and unable to give each individual child the time that they need to develop.

Are you looking to help maintain the quality of teaching? Do you want to make a difference the children and their community? Apply to Redbox Teachers by sending us your Teachers CV today!