Supply Teaching

Supply Teaching- getting work

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. ┬áSo how do you get more work?

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Supply teaching- is it for me?

There are many reasons for becoming a supply teacher, each different depending on your own personal circumstances. For some people that reason could be a lack of finding a permanent job once qualified. This may even be a deliberate decision as a recent graduate may just not feel ready to own a class or want more experience. For others it might be wanting a better home/work life balance or even that they just don’t enjoy ‘owning’ their own class room. The one thing that no one should do though is to choose supply teaching because it is easier than ‘normal’ teaching.┬áThere are many things to consider before taking the decision to become a supply teacher and this blog post will hopefully give an insight into the sorts of things you need to consider before taking the next step into the world of supply. (more…)

Supply Teaching

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…)