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Can supply teaching land you a permanent job? New Teachers mag research

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by pedigree, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Supply teachers are hardly ever employed by schools now that most schools are using UNQUALIFIED staff as cover "teachers"! Hence your first question seems unreal and even patronising. So many well qualified, registered teachers with QTS are now unemployed. There must be hundreds if not thousands of fully qualified teachers now unemployed, many of whom are completely disillusioned and demoralised. Undoubtedly it is easier to use bogus, unqualified staff as "teachers" in the primary sector and one would expect it harder for schools to get away with employing unqualified staff when a secondary subject specialist is needed but...??? it happens[​IMG]
    One advertised vacancy may well attract thousands of applicants??!!
    In a fair, just and honest world of employment, a well experienced supply teachershould do well but...with so much prejudice, corruption and exploitation even teacher assistants are now being employed as "teachers".The whole teaching profession is now broken, devalued and the notion of QTS made a complete mockery!

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  2. historygrump

    historygrump Star commenter Forum guide

    I have to agree with the above posts, in that longer you work on supply, the harder it is to get a permanent post and that applies to both NQT's and experience teachers. This despite the fact that supply teachers have in my view a wider degree of abilities and experience due to the fact, we have to work in different types of schools from primary to secondary, with different types of children with varying abilities and issues, without knowing the background of the children. So we have to have the skills and abilities to select the most appropriate teaching approach within seconds of meeting the class to ensure the learning is effective. Yet schools do not recognise the fact that supply work is so diverse, that it makes or breaks the teacher, no matter their experience, in that the attitudes of children and permanent staff to supply teachers means that we need to learn and develop skills to survive and thrive even with such prejudices that exist in respect to supply teachers. I may be wrong in this, but I believe that we have skills in my opinion many permanent teachers may not have and for many experience teachers who have moved from a permanent post onto supply, it is a shock to the system. But the reason many supply teachers do not permanent posts is due to a number of points;
    1. It is almost impossible to get schools to give you a reference, no matter how many times you have been to school or schools.
    2. You are deemed by many schools SMT as inadequate or poor teachers because you work supply, in that if you were any good you would be in a permanent post already.
    3. The other posts have made the same point, there are too many teachers for the posts available and with around 1 in 5 of all qualfiied teachers not in a post and with the dept of education wanting more to be trained and intending to open the flood gates for teachers from Australia, New Zealand and Canada to work in British schools as fully fledged teachers and not instructors, the problems will get only worse, especially with the increasing use of support staff to teach.
    4. The longer you are not in a permanent post and have not got access to CPD courses, you are deemed not up to date with the subject curriculum, new teaching ideas or even how to plan lessons for example. Schools do hold this against you, even despite the fact that you may have been in schools and taught topics across the curriculum, you are deemed unfit to teach the subject to a good level and have not got any experience by schools.
    5. If truth be told as a supply teacher, some, but to be fair not all schools, treat you, the supply teacher as some form of lower life, you are not trusted with passwords for the computer for example. In fact I would possibly create a storm in saying we are treated lower then then the lowest TA by schools, because we are supply. We are to be honest totally dispensable in the eyes of schools.
    6. Finally and as made reference to above, schools are using the unqualified support staff to teach to save money and this means that many supply teachers are not get any work from schools.
    So by asking such a key question, it may allow you to understand and explore the prejudices against the supply teachers that is occurring in schools on a daily basis, especally when it comes to jobs.
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