When making a claim (whether you have another job lined up or not) do NOT state that you are a supply teacher. You are an unemployed teacher who is prpepared to take temporay and/or part time work whilst looking for permanent f/t work. The danger with stating that you are a supply teacher is that they will consider it to be a lifestyle choice and that you aren't really looking for full employment. They then state that the holiday periods are 'customary holidays' and that you knew that supply teachers don't get paid during those periods, so you are not eligible for JSA. As an unemployed teacher who takes sporadic work rather than sign on all year, you are entiltled to claim JSA in any periods of unemployment or low employment. If working under 16 hours per week, you can keep a JSA claim open. You declare hours worked and JSA continues in full until you are declaring teaching pay when it is received. They then adjust or temporaily cease JSA payments but you keep signing on. You sign off when you exceed 16 hours in YOUR Benefit Week and when abroad and you sign back on when work slows down after your 16hr+ stint.