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Art NQT needs advice please

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by lucythefraggle, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. Can anyone recommend good supply agencies in Sussex please? I am an Art NQT with no job for September yet and a bit clueless. Also when registering most request a cover letter or additional information, does this mean a personal statement? Or should I merge my personal statement with my cv and write a seperate cover letter? Thanks for your help!
  2. Can anyone recommend good supply agencies in Sussex please? I am an Art NQT with no job for September yet and a bit clueless. Also when registering most request a cover letter or additional information, does this mean a personal statement? Or should I merge my personal statement with my cv and write a seperate cover letter? Thanks for your help!
  3. Sorry I cant recommend any agencies in your area but I would suggest you spend time (unless you have already done so) researching agencies in your locale and book interviews with them. Take all requiste documents, ID, Certs etc and get yourself registered asap. The agnecies should then be able to advise you on possible future bookings.
    As for the "cover letter", I suspect this does mean a personal statement (PS), stating your strengths, subject specialism (s) and any extra curricula stuff you are able to offer. I personally keep my PS seperate but its also OK to add a brief cover letter as well along the lines of ...please find attached my PS. Your CV should be simply be a brief outline of your career and not a War & Peace doc...the PS is your chance to do that bit
    Good luck
  4. I'm sorry its obviously me!! Try getting on your computer and doing some research like most of us did.
    You would probably found agencies in your area in the amount of time it took to post this. And if you need advise on how to apply ask the Agency!
    NQT stands for Newly Qualified Teacher not Not Quite There.
  5. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    That's rather harsh!
    Finding agencies on the internet or in the local press doesn't tell you if they are worth registering with. Teachers on here have a wealth of information about agencies that are slow to pay, underpay on the previously agreed rate or simply get loads of teachers registering (making a small profit on each CRB) and then fail to provide any work.
    We also know the agencies that have been good to us and the LA supply systems in operation.
    I don't see why the OP shouldn't be able to cut to the chase by soliciting our support and advice.

  6. I don't think its particularly harsh. If you type "teaching supply agencies+your area or postcode" it will list all of them. There are no particularly good or bad ones out there they are all there to take your money and hive you out as cheaply as they can or use you as a cover supervisor.
    What got under my skin was that you spend half your life telling kids in school no when they continualy request that you give them the answer, do it for them or spoonfeed them and it seems to be filtering into NQTs now. If this NQT, (and I really hope that she gets a full time post soon), had botherd to find out the agencies on her own and then asked if we could supply any info on them thats one thing.
    This may seem harsh but its a very old fashioned thing known as education not too fashionable in most our schools these days. You never learn anything by being told all the answers without looking at it yourself first.
  7. teacha

    teacha Occasional commenter

    I am registered with every supply agency in Sussex as I live in Brighton. I can tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly. There are three or four that I recommend to people, the others are a total waste of time and effort. Let me know if you would like the details and I would be happy to pass them on.
  8. Thanks very much a couple of names would be helpful, I can look up all the other details. As for Timberwolf it seems like I hit a raw nerve there! I am doing some research of my own and calling agencies etc but I was under the impression that a forum such as this was here for teachers to help each other out. From my experience word of mouth is the best way of finding good work. Thanks for all your other comments, I will make use of your advice.
  9. teacha

    teacha Occasional commenter

    which bit of Sussex are you in? That will help me narrow them down
  10. Have only scanned this topic. However It is not smart to post references to agencies by name. It is also unfair on the agency. We do not want to be indentified, we may hate some agencies however the ground rules are the same for the agencies as us.
    On agencies you have to find your way. You phone them and find out if they will register you.
    You find out what paperwork they want (considerable) make sure you can provide references. Remember the last thing on HOD's mind is providing references for a a supply agency!
    Then you have to make a judgement call, is it worth paying this agency for a CRB.
    So get the paperwork together and go and get registered with a few. Make your own calls.
    And remember two weeks to school start, you will have to run a CRB through, so I would not be worrying about personal statements. Get registering.
    I am going to be a bit cynical you will be lucky to be available for work in October if you do not move now.
  11. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    I agree with this, whilst its fine to recommend agencies you are happy with (cannot see them objecting to praise) "naming and shaming" what in your opinion are poor agencies on a public forum is unprofessional.
    Word of mouth is a very powerful tool in an agencies reputation, as soon as you find yourself in a staff room talking to other supply teachers you will quickly find out who to use and who to avoid by private conversations.
    I admit getting started is the hardest step.
  12. On here I comply with the terms and conditions. They are correct, names of individuals schools and organizations. etc
    In school it is a different ball game, I promote my good agencies and slag off my bad ones.
    A general point in my opinion, agencies who pay you less will give you more work, it's a bottom line biz
    Schools call the shots, many schools have a cover co-ordinator who is a senior CS they ain't gonna do us any favours.
    Tough game u have to duke it out and say NO sometimes. If they ain't payin I ain't goin.
    Judging on last school year my attitude means I am out of the game. Will have to wait and see, most of my life now is about arguing about benefits anyway.
  13. Thank god you dont teach our kids on a full time basis Timberwolf. This person is mearly asking for advice! What do you tell little Jony when he asks you a aquestion? Do you reply so arrogantly like you do here?
  14. Hi Carlwan,
    Having read some of your posts on these forums that's a little like pot calling kettle ***** ****
  15. teacha

    teacha Occasional commenter

    Lucy, I sent you a private message a couple of days ago

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