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extremely quiet

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by cerneiris, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. cerneiris

    cerneiris New commenter

    So far I have worked 3 days, last year in October I was fully booked,Does anyone know if this year schools are tight with budget? Any other reason work is so slow?

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  2. Deirds

    Deirds Senior commenter

    I think budgets. 2 regular schools have said they are going with Cover Supervisors as much as possible.

    Another academy chain whose schools I've worked in have imposed a maximum day rate (£25 lower than I used to get - but that was on long term).

    A tough year ahead, but won't be long before peak Supply time kicks in.

    I'm going with short term work as much as possible this year.
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  3. sebastian_paz1

    sebastian_paz1 New commenter

    one day and plenty of TA work, which I am trying to accept when there is nothing yet. I think is the fair funding staff what it is keeping the schools tight.
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  4. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    Can I go the other way? I've just been ejected out of my long-term gig and immediately got offered a week at another school. Must be the fortune of being Maths/Science supply in West Yorkshire.
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  5. TheOracleAtDelphi

    TheOracleAtDelphi Occasional commenter

    I think budgets are incredibly tight this year - I know of schools who have no money allocated for supply in their budget (not entirely sure how they are going to cope if a bug takes down half the staff or a member of staff needs a period of time off); another school had no supply apart from when there was allocated money for cover even last year and have had to cut support staff hours so doubt they will be using supply this year either.
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  6. TheOracleAtDelphi

    TheOracleAtDelphi Occasional commenter

    P.S. John - are you signed up for TES smart match? I keep getting emails for maths jobs in W Yorks...
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  7. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    In many schools (like ours) budgets are very tight this year - any money we have is earmarked for building works. Our site is very old and we have been having lots of new windows and doors put in.

    I haven't seen any of our normal supply "regulars" so far this year. We started the year with a supply teacher but we have now appointed him for the year and paid the agency a fee.

    Other supply teachers I know around my home city are getting some days but not as many as they usually do. Suspect it will be a bit quiet until late October.
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  8. Happyregardless

    Happyregardless Occasional commenter

    Maths and Science teachers = gold dust of the supply workforce!

    Meanwhile. yes I think more primary gaps are being covered internally or by cover supervisors. I also see posts for unqualified staff and cover supervisors nearing teachers' pay which is a little disheartening when some have sacrificed a bit to put themselves through teacher training - but good for them who have this work and the workforce is ever changing.. I've just been called for work and have had a few days each week, but I have to say yesterday I was also offered a Midday Supervisor's day cover for the first time ( didn't take it - not proud - would have if desperate - but just first time that's happened!):rolleyes::p
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2019
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  9. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    Never even heard of it. I'm registered with 6 agencies I think and they are all bleeding useless, apart from the current one (but one always comes through). Also they are money-grubbing parasites but as I'm at the same moral depth then that is hardly a complaint.

    Incidentally I don't believe any email/advert for Maths jobs so is there any reason why this should be any more credible?
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  10. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Lead commenter

    Budgets are tighter than ever this year. I think we (Primary) have had one day of supply this year. Our HLTAs have always covered PPA in the phases they work in, as well as in-class support and targeted interventions. Now, they can be messaged (or not messaged!) early in the morning and told they will be covering a different class. This means that the interventions then cannot happen, which does have an impact on progress. We do only use HLTAs, but I know of other schools who are doing the same with L3 TAs.
  11. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    Would that this were true. :(
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  12. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I've been busier than normal for a first half term. Managed 2 weeks in September in one school. Went to another on Monday,initially for a day, stayed for the week and then asked to stay on until half term.
  13. MissGeorgi

    MissGeorgi Occasional commenter

    Depends on the region, I think. I’m in Warwickshire and I have been incredibly busy. Getting some offers of maternity cover etc in now.

    Some schools are employing multiple cover supervisors, yes, but I think that if you can offer a core or specialist subject, you are far more in demand. I just do the best job I can to secure repeat bookings.
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  14. MissGeorgi

    MissGeorgi Occasional commenter

    Ps, if you browse the Headteachers forum, as I do, just out of interest, there is a post from 5th October on reducing supply costs.
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  15. bella2891

    bella2891 New commenter

    I’ve done 5 days since September and will be doing 2-3 weeks sickness cover at one school from tomorrow onwards. I’m in NW London.
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  16. sebastian_paz1

    sebastian_paz1 New commenter

    This week so far no even TA jobs. applying for other jobs thought...
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  17. njr_26

    njr_26 New commenter

    I have only had 1 day this term, (I work 3 days a week due to childcare costs) and got told by my agency that they were only having schools asking for cover supervisors at £70 a day! I told her my childcare costs were £64 a day so NO!!!

    I am off to apply for permanent TA jobs, as with 2 young children I don't have time to spend preparing, marking etc. I only earned just over £6000 last academic year so a TA would be a pay rise for me.
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  18. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi njr_26

    All the best for finding a TA role.

    Seems as though there is a lot of money to be made in child care as well as running education recruitment agencies.
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  19. historygrump

    historygrump Lead commenter Forum guide

    I must admit it is very quiet compared to last year, and many schools seem to be recruiting more CS to cut down on supply costs.

    That is why I am looking for alternative work.
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  20. eroe

    eroe New commenter

    Hi, I've only had hours, not days since September. My main school has employed cover supervisors on non teacher rates to cover, so I'm too expensive. Didn't apply as point of principle. However now no work...
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