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Bristol (Supply Agencies and Picking Up Supply Work)

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by mgecob, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. mgecob

    mgecob New commenter

    I'm currently travelling around America and I'm returning late September, I have been looking round for different agencies and ways to get into supply teaching in Bristol as something to do before i get a full time position
    As there seem to be quite a few. I was looking for advise on;
    Agencies to join,
    Agencies to avoid,
    Common mistakes people make,
    I am a math specialist who has been teaching in a school for several years before i left so any help is much appreciated
  2. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    There are posts pinned at the top of the forum about how to deal with agencies.
    Agency work is fraught with difficulties.
    Other posters indicate that supply in the south west is very slow as there are thousands of people with agencies, and only a handful of jobs. The need is for full time teachers.
  3. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    HI mgecob

    Many good points nearmiss has made. As she says, if you look at the posts pinned at the top and The New to Supply post, these will give you information about supply in general and also how to avoid some of the common pitfalls of working with agencies. If you do a search site on here for Bristol Agencies, then you might find some posts which if they are recent enough may be helpful. We are not allowed to name individual agencies, but someone might read your post and reply by PM with some agencies to use/avoid.

    On a separate note, since you are a maths specialist, you MAY be in a somewhat stronger position. In addition to using agencies, you can contact schools directly - both primary and secondary to widen the scope of your work. You could write some letters and CVs and send these/drop off these personally. You will of course need a current DBS check and references. Speculative approaches do work since you never know when a school is going to have someone go off sick, break a leg, have a family emergency, jury duty or whatever and your letter may hit the desk of someone who needs help immediately.

    Do take some time to read The New to Supply thread, as it does have some very useful articles on how to get started in supply.

    The other option of course is to move to another part of the country where there are jobs or more supply. You won't know until you start looking for supply. Bear in mind that once you join agencies the process of your application will take some time and schools don't tend to get busy until the end of September.

    Regardless of whether you work for agencies or schools directly you need a DBS clearance, so you need to work on that immediately.

    All the best for September and if you need any further help, do not hesitate to ask.

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