Once you’ve made the decision, for whatever reason, to do supply teaching the most important question is how to actually get work? A quick google search will bring up any number of supply teaching agencies operating in your area but there is no guarantee that any of them will get you work. It would be tempting to sign up with all of them but this is would increase the amount of work you get and may actually be counterproductive. Agencies in a particular area tend to know each other and will soon suss out whether you are signed up with multiple agencies. Meaning they will contact those on their books who they know are more likely to be available rather than those who might not. So how do you get more work?
What follows is the text of an article I wrote back in 2012 which was published by The Guardian’s Teacher Network. It offered my own, personal, view of supply teacher in Greater Manchester. The article was aimed at NQTs but other experienced teachers who are just going into supply teaching for the first time might also find some of the information useful. I intend to update this article at some point as well as writing articles on more specific issues for supply teachers including the use of umbrella companies by agencies to pay their workers. (more…)