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How does Supply work?

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by anon2047, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. Hi,
    I would be very grateful for some advice/information.
    I have just finished my PGCE but despite applying for many many jobs since Christmas have had no luck whatsoever. My university did not talk about Supply and i have no idea how it works, what you do to get on it etc and how you actually teach your subject.
    I would be very grateful if someone could enlighten me,
    Thanks in advance,
  2. First decide on which agency has the best reputation and pay for you, then decide whether you want to join one agency or more than one agency.
    Contact them and ask about being taken on to their books. Are you primary or secondary?
    Basically when you're taken on (after an interview usually) you then work at getting a few schools who like to use you first and have you as a priority for them if they need anyone, and to get a good reputation.
    You either get pre-booked or get a morning call (usually between 7am and 9am) they will usually tell you if the work is pre set or not, but dont depend on what they say being 100% reliable, what resources you carry depends on whether you are primary or secondary, but generally anything you might need to cover across the age ranges you are qualified for.
  3. It depends a lot on the area you want to work in, and the subject you teach, as to how much work you may be offered.
    However find out if your LEa has a supply pool, probably not but if they do register with them.
    Then it is the agencies! phone them and have a chat, They will probably want you to pay for a new CRB, they will wants load of paperwork.. Finding out good agencies from bad agencies is difficult. Most are bad and some are good.
    I am a little unsure of the facts regarding supply and deadlines regarding getting induction (your three NQT terms in), so do some research on that one, perhaps the TDA website.
    Being a supply teacher, I could write loads, but basic stuff, you need to find the joint, so good navigation satnav or whatever. Get in early, try to get to the classroom before the children, sort of stuff.
    However not good times for supply teachers these days!

  4. I registered my CV with about a million agency websites and registered with the first ones that got back to me, and after a while managed to negotiate a slightly higher (in line with M1 Outer London I think) daily rate. I only had to get a CRB with one agency as the rest could get portability on it, and they allowed me to work off my PGCE one while that was pending.

    You can only do NQT induction if you are PRE BOOKED for a minimum of a term. I just completed a term in an independent school, and because it was only half a term to begin with, I couldn't do any NQT. The school said they would've offered it had they known I would be there for the full term at the start, how annoying!

    I'd agree with whoever said SatNav - if in London a good smartphone to access TfL or googlemaps can help (while you're not on the tube obviously!) and, generally, a good local A-Z. I drive and still find my London A-Z indispensable!

    I've discovered from this forum that people can have vastly different experiences of agencies so I'd contact them yourself and see how it goes. I love my 2 agencies and would recommend them to anyone supplying in London, but I know that not everyone else has had the same experience, which I find weird as they've been fantastic with me!

    Good luck with everything! I'm a year into supply post-PGCE and think it's actually made me more prepared for the classroom than my PGCE and I'm hoping that I can find a permanent job to put it into practice soon!
  5. It does'nt.
  6. jj80

    jj80 New commenter

    [​IMG] well said
  7. Hi,
    Thanks for the replies everyone.
    I am trained in Secondary ICT, but there doen't appear to be anything remotely near me (Yorks)
    Thanks for your advice,
  8. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    You say you're Sec. ICT but it is rare to teach one's own subject (unless it's Maths or English) and one often has to cover other teachers other than the absent teacher if they have PPA time anyway.
    For example I was phoned by a High School and told it was cover for a German teacher, which is my main language. Unfortunatelyalthough it was cover for the German specialist on that particular day they hadno actual German but French & Geog.! Luckily I've become very adept at covering a vast array of subjects in my 16 years on supply- TES resources amongst others are fantastic as one has access to so many colleagues resources who ARE specialists.
    In my time I've covered Art, DT, English, Maths, Games! (not so successfully mind you), Business Studies (which was a challenging 3 weeks just before the exams), ICT, History, Geography . . . Thank goodness I had an all-round education in my youth and had to teach all subjects to KS3 in my first teaching posts, and at the end of the day we are teaching students, helping them progress and make the most of their abilities, which doesn't change whatever the subject!

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