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Going on supply after 3 years!

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Teacher_abc123, May 25, 2019.

  1. Teacher_abc123

    Teacher_abc123 New commenter

    Anyone else doing similar?
    Time to give myself a break from the constant scrutiny and monitoring. Time to look after my health. I am a creative, stifled by an uninspiring and indecisive head who never says thank you or well done. Time for a change!
  2. hellyhoolie

    hellyhoolie New commenter

    I’ve recently done it. The intention was to do supply until I get a permanent job (possibly non-teaching). If I could afford to, I’d carry on doing it as a career but I can’t afford to live on these wages. My daily rate is a lot lower than if I was being paid to scale but I suppose that’s how the agency can get me plenty of work- by undercutting others.
    On a positive note though, I haven’t felt this happy and relaxed in years. I enjoy the variety and the knowledge that I don’t have to go back to a school if I don’t like it. Good luck with whatever you decide x
    DexterDexter, Shedman, DIPS1 and 3 others like this.
  3. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi Teacher_abc123

    If you need any help/advice/information over on the supply forum there are threads about some of the things you might need or want to know in case you are new to supply.

    One of the perks as hellyhoolie says is if you don't like a school you don't have to go back.
  4. Teacher_abc123

    Teacher_abc123 New commenter

    Thank you folks! I won a pay appeal in December and knew things wouldn’t be easy after that. Now I haven’t got any fight left within me and just want to be happy x
  5. agathamorse

    agathamorse Senior commenter

    I left a horrendous job and went on supply in 2015. I've just got a permanent job again this week. The good side of supply is that you can leave at the end of the day and not go back. It can and does rebuild your self confidence and you get to work in a wide variety of schools.

    However, work isn't guaranteed. You can go weeks without a single day's work. The pay is much lower than a permanent post. Long term supply is essentially doing the full time job and all that entails for less pay.

    Having said that, I had to get out of my last horrible school before it broke me, so I know where you're coming from. Just wanted to give you a fair view of life on supply.
  6. becky70

    becky70 Occasional commenter

    Good luck, OP.
    Well done on the permanent post, @agathamorse
    DexterDexter, agathamorse and pepper5 like this.

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