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Help me please! Supply teacher/application query

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by MrsDetermined, May 5, 2020.

  1. MrsDetermined

    MrsDetermined New commenter

    Hello all, I'm looking for some advice regarding my return to teaching...

    Firstly, I don't think I have been into the TES staffroom for ten years, I am absolutely thrilled to see TheoGriff is still here! I often think of TheoGriff's advice when applying for jobs. I've just tried to purchase the book but it's unavailable, does anyone know when it might be sorted?

    So I'll try to keep it brief...
    I qualified in 2007 (specialism in Early Years) and went straight into supply teaching where I did a mix of day to day supply and long term roles. I have taught in various year groups but I would still consider myself much more experienced in EY. I still have contacts at these schools- colleagues, assistant heads, but the head teachers have moved on.
    In July 2013 I left teaching to be a childminder. I got excellent feedback in three inspections and lots of positive feedback from families. I still have contact with most of the families I worked with. I stopped childminding in August of 2018 to look after my grandmother, she died the following March and so I began to plan my return to teaching as my three children are now all in school. I began volunteering at my children's school with a view to being able to ask for a reference and be around if any jobs came up but I find it's difficult when you're known as a parent and active member of the PTA. As I could only help one morning a week I didn't actually get chance to do much other than listening to readers etc.
    In February I started supply again, before schools closed I did two odd days and then went back to one of the schools for four weeks straight. I wasn't in EY, but I loved it. I am now desperate to get back to it but my CV is a mess.

    Who do I give as references?
    Am I kidding myself? Should I give up on applications and stick with supply work?

    I feel I should point out that I've probably only applied for 30 jobs in my entire career. I've always been offered fixed term positions whilst already working. Lots of people have offered advice on my application but I've only ever had four interviews.
  2. MrWarwick2007

    MrWarwick2007 New commenter

    I know this isn't necessarily that helpful, but what is supply like? and would you recommend any agencies? I am in a very similar position to yourself, having to keep applying and waiting, no luck, then trying again.....Hope you find something soon..
  3. MrsDetermined

    MrsDetermined New commenter

    I have always loved supply. I've never had a permanent job so I just want to be part of a team and focus on PD and my career, otherwise I'd happily stay on supply.
    I've always had plenty of work but you have to play the game and it's not for everyone. You'll hear supply teachers say they leave by 3.30pm every day and never mark but they are the same ones that say there's no work.
    I've just registered with two agencies [This comment/section has been removed for breaching our Community Guidelines/Terms and conditions] and I have been offered loads of work.
  4. MrWarwick2007

    MrWarwick2007 New commenter

    Thank you very much for taking the time to reply, that's very useful.
    All the best with finding a permanent position.
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  5. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    @MrsDetermined TES site rules do not allow posters to name individual agencies or schools so TES moderators are likely to remove the names of the agncies that you have posted.
  6. MrsDetermined

    MrsDetermined New commenter

    Oops! Thank you. I'm not sure how to edit!
  7. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    You can't now, you can only edit for a very short time after posting, but mods will likely edit it at some point.
  8. MrsDetermined

    MrsDetermined New commenter

  9. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Hullo there Mrs D. I will start by saying that I'm only back here from time to time, not like in the past when I spent up to 6 hours per day answering queries!

    At present, with schools closed, it is very difficult for you. You do need a reference that can refer to your teaching. Recent teaching. So you need to get some recent teaching in. Which means supply, when that is possible again.

    Anything else that you have done that adds to your portfolio of experience is good, but a recent teaching reference is what is needed.

    Yes, Amazon emailed me today to say that somebody had said that the images were not in her copy, so they had made it not available; absolutely the right thing for them to do if the book wasn't up to scratch!

    I then downloaded the book myself and got all the images, but nonetheless produced a new version and sent it to them this afternoon. It should take up to 3 days, they say, for them to review this.

    I'm sorry about the delay.

    Keep safe everybody
  10. MrsDetermined

    MrsDetermined New commenter

    Hi TheoGriff,
    Thanks so much for the advice. I think I need to forget applying for anything for now then. Hopefully I can get back to supply as soon as schools reopen.
    I spent a very entertaining hour this afternoon wondering how TheoGriff had gone from he to she, after a search I see you always were Mrs TG!
    I’ll keep checking to see if the book is available and I hope to be back in the not too distant future asking for interview advice :)
  11. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Long story behind that @MrsDetermined . . . in short, I originally was Mr TG, in honour of my father the original Theo Griff, a former DHT, who at the time I started was just beginning Azheimer's. He really enjoyed looking at the TES Forums and reading what "he" had advised people.

    Then after several years, TES wanted me to write for the magazine, retaining the name Theo Griff as it was, they felt, an established brand on the forums. But they also wanted more female writers in the TES magazine, so asked me to come out as a woman. And changed my avatar from the old balding bloke to this green-haired old lady. o_O

    As for the book, it has been reviewed by Amazon, has been found to be OK, and is now again available HERE.

    Yes, that's probably the best solution for you, considering both your job history and the current circumstances. But I would nonetheless still start getting ready for applying, you'll have a little time on your hands, so work out your USPs, do a trial E.S. (use the blank I've put on TES Resources) from just any suitable post you see advertised now, so that when it's the right time for you, you are all ready to go!

    Best wishes, good luck and keep safe
  12. MrsDetermined

    MrsDetermined New commenter

    Thank you, book purchased!
  13. MrWarwick2007

    MrWarwick2007 New commenter


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