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Another returning teacher question (primary specific)

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by pa79, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. I realise that this seems to be a topic which has been discussed to death, but I thought it might be best to start a new topic rather than piggyback several other threads.
    I gained my PGCE in 2007, but I haven't done any teaching since (I've been working in publishing and science funding). I want to return to teaching and thought that supply would be a good way of finding my feet again before applying for full time jobs, but there seems to be a lot of pessimism around the level of supply work available. A lot of the discussion seems to be focussed on secondary supply work though and I haven't been able to make out a clear picture of how things look in primary, so...
    I am looking for supply work in primary schools in London. If any of the following makes any difference, I'm a man and I have a background in mfl, science, maths and reading comprehension development.
    I would be very grateful for any thoughts on how likely it would be that I could get enough work to live on during the summer term, with an eye to applying for permanent posts in the autumn.
  2. slippeddisc

    slippeddisc New commenter

    I suppose the thing to think is do you have a choice if you want to get back into teaching?
    It would be hard to be successful for a permanent post if you haven't been teaching since your PGCE in 2007. Supply would probably be the only way in.
    I only did a month supply at the start of this term before getting job outside of teaching but I have to say I did get enough work to live off. It wasn't plentiful and it certainly wasn't every day but it was enough to live off. I'm not from the London area though so I can't comment on your area.
    You could register with about 3 agencies and you'd get more work.
    I'd say go for it if you REALLY REALLY want to get back into teaching but bear in mind you probably won't get tons of work and it's not guarateed you'll get a permanent post from it. If you are employed in a different field personally I'd stick to that! Teaching is way too stressful!!
  3. slippeddisc

    slippeddisc New commenter

    Sorry for the typos and terrible grammar.
  4. I have just recently started supply teaching in London, albeit just 2-3 days a week, but I haven't yet had any problems getting work and I've been quite specific about where I want to work too. From what I have experienced, London primary schools seem to always be looking for supply teachers. I know that when I worked as a permanent teacher, our school regularly booked supply teachers for one reason or another. If you're willing to travel a bit then I really don't think you'll have too much of a problem. Get in with your agency though, and strike up a good relationship with one or two of them - a little banter goes a long way! I don't know what other London supply teachers think? Schools tend to not be too concerned with your specialism, they just want someone to teach a class! However, it may be that you can show off your MFL skills in a particular school and they take a shine to you and want you back. Hang in there, I'm sure a permanent post will materialise!

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