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Frequency of supply work (Primary)

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by oni44, May 1, 2012.

  1. oni44

    oni44 New commenter

    Hi, I am thinking about doing supply work in September to
    get a feel for the kind of school I would like to work at.




    Agencies have told me that I will get at least 3 days a week
    and 5 if I am flexibly. I was just
    wondering how often you get work whilst with agencies.





    Thanks






























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  2. oni44

    oni44 New commenter

    Hi, I am thinking about doing supply work in September to
    get a feel for the kind of school I would like to work at.




    Agencies have told me that I will get at least 3 days a week
    and 5 if I am flexibly. I was just
    wondering how often you get work whilst with agencies.





    Thanks






























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  3. Very much depends on where you live and how far you can travel. Mine gave me similar spiel last match but in the summer term I had 5.5 days altogether. September was a write off then luckily the one day before October half term lead me to 5 afternoons a week at the same school supposedly til summer but it was just pulled due to budget cuts at Easter. Towards Xmas it was quiet as classes doubled up for films, whole school watched a film one morning to give staff PPA en masse rather than me being I daily for the cover. Since Easter I have had 1.5 days. Now flexibity might be the key. I can't do early morning calls or last minute afternoon due to childcare and this term I have turned a couple of last minute jobs down but a year ago my husbands shifts allowed me to be up and ready to go leaving him time to arrange childcare and I didn't get a single call for emergency work. It might also help if you are willing to work all ages, opens up more opportunities. Just look through the threads on this forum and you will read of how little work is about. You might also be offered to take a class as work has been left do you will be paid as a cover supervisor or HLTA. My agency recently argued when I asked for my pay increase due to AWR and being there 12 weeks and they said I wasn't actually classed as a teacher as work was all planned for me and if role was advertised it would be for a HLTA. I have said I will do TA work non teaching but nothing has materialized there too. Good luck.
     
  4. I'm registered with 3 agencies in the North West for primary supply. I got 3-4 days work each week early on last September but that quickly died down. This term has picked up a little, I've had an average of 3 days each week since easter - but it's not always for teaching. Sometimes it's TA work (at reduced rates).


    If you have a car and are willing to travel, especially at short notice then you should get some work each week. hth
     
  5. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Agencies have told me that I will get at least 3 days a week
    and 5 if I am flexibly. I was just
    wondering how often you get work whilst with agencies.
    Don't hold your breath. That's extremely hopeful. We have many posters here, who say how they are promised 'lots of work' by agencies when they sign up, which fails to materialise.
    There are one or two people who do seem to get regular work, and yes, it does depend where you live.
     
  6. I'd like to know which agencies you're with sam as I'm in the North West too and I've had a week of TA and an afternoon teaching. I'm registered with 4 agencies.

    I'm flexible, will travel and will work at short notice. I've turned work down this week because it just isn't economically viable to travel almost an hour each way for an afternoon of TA work. I've also turned work down in the past because I'd just got a late booking from another agency. I find that some agencies, if you turn work down (for whatever reason), will only offer you more work if they're desperate.

    When I first started supply teaching 5 years ago, I was getting 4/5 days a week.
     

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