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Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by elvispenhaligon, Oct 23, 2018.

  1. elvispenhaligon

    elvispenhaligon Occasional commenter

    Folks. It has been a long time away. I think I was in a classroom last in about 09. Anyway, I have an offspring and as a result have to do extra work. This has been taxi driving. Taxi driving is worse than difficult supply. I have been hit, had someone be sick on me, be treated worse than any supply, etc, etc. I have witnessed colleagues be stabbed, sexually assaulted and racially abused. The local nightclub has closed and it's killed off my 3 nights of "extra £200+" a week.

    So, despite having a business (weird scientific stuff) which does pay £50-70 an hour, you don't just stroll into a packed field and expect to take over, so I spoke to Teaching Personnel Truro, who are lovely people. Apparently there is work. I've had to do about a zillion forms and all sorts of CRB stuff (despite having an up to date CRB) and following all of the form filling, we are ready to go, allegedly. I'm sure I can cut it. I'll just get in there and smash it out.

    I had the misfortune of ending a temp contract in 08 and the musical chairs game of jobs just stopping. Shortly after, supply totally dried up. I've had a mad ride since. It's time to revisit it. I'm after another £200 a week in my pocket, ideally.

    I've noted the "my agency just rips me off and I never get any work" threads. I am a bit rusty with the whole habitat. We shall see what happens. Whether or not I have to resort to growing jamaican botany, or being a "personal trainer".

    EP, West Cornwall Oct 18.
  2. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    Best of luck.
    I hope it works out for you
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Welcome back.
    Hope springs ever eternal, but realistically £200 a week may not be possible, if you read what agencies are paying these days.:(
    Since the advent of Agencies as opposed to LEA supply, many colleagues have been forced out into other work round my way. :mad:
  4. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    Wasson my ansum? Haven't seen you in ages. Congrats on the progeny.
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  5. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi and welcome back

    That is an awful story about driving a taxi. I suspected it was difficult, but not that difficult.
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  6. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Elvis! I used to love your mad rantings! Am keen to hear more.:D

    Congratulations on having a little person and hope you get work.
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  7. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Welcome back Elvis old son.
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  8. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    Yep, If you average your earnings out across the year then £200 a week could be about it for this coming year. Paper round anyone?
    A University education - you can't beat it.
    E Blackadder
  9. historygrump

    historygrump Star commenter Forum guide

    I must admit I could not drive a taxi and because of the dangers highlighted by elvispenhaligon,

    but welcome back to us grumpy, but happy family and hopefully will be plenty for you and us all.
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  10. Deirds

    Deirds Senior commenter

    Welcome back and congratulations.

    Supply work seems easier to get if you’re willing to do long-term bookings and all the extra work that goes with that.

    Not sure what situation is like where you are.

    Good luck
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  11. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    Welcome back, @elvispenhaligon. Congratulations on becoming a father! As others have said, if supply teaching was bad when you left, certainly it has not got any better. I had a very similar experience signing up with T******g P******l, a couple of years ago. It was a hell of a rigmarole: I remember going to their offices in Ealing a few times, to 'sign something', or show them yet another document. After this great build up, I was issued with my ID badge and.............nothing! It is one of those agencies that is 'lots of smoke but no flame'.
  12. elvispenhaligon

    elvispenhaligon Occasional commenter

    Taxi driving was a proper "one for the books". I had a jiu jitsu champion and his wife get "exceedingly upset" with the cost of the fare on the meter, at 2am, or something I was extremely lucky to walk away from that (albeit with a damaged van). This resulted in me carrying a knife for self defence. As they say "that will not do you any good when you are in prison" but the fact of the matter is, after hours, the place is filled with coked/steroided/stellaed up nutters and it's unlikely to be under CCTV when you are getting hospitalised by someone. Everyone knows that when someone gets a knife out, you run, it doesn't matter if you're Bruce Lee. I must admit, I would have still felt safer with a gun. I had some very very hairy moments which put "getting squared up to" by some 16 year old into perspective. You get 3 men who have a problem with you and it is you who has the problem. It was hands down, the worst job I have ever done. "Am I going to get put in hospital tonight" was a question I asked myself every evening. The stories from the other cabbies were just incredible. I saw all sorts of violence. Also, the money is terrible. However, I have managed to read lots of books and write the best part of one myself! So it's not all bad.

    It is a hard life when it comes down to it.

    However, if one thought supply was good for assertive discipline, I have had a similar learning curve with driving. I can stand up to the most angry and unreasonable of people and tell them why they should behave themselves and it doesn't matter if they are a tramp or Prince Philip. This might work well in the staff room!

    I'm a bit older now and have short hair have matured properly. It should all be pretty straightforward.

    Of course, all of these threads won't apply to me, because I am somehow special

    1. Has anyone got any work yet?
    2. Struggling to pay the rent, help!
    3. Can I go to the schools direct?
    4. Umbrella payment hell.
    5. Tutoring for pennies, how do I join?
    6. Anyone thought about working from home?

    This isn't writing on the wall. Apparently there is loads of work and all will be well, all I have to do is wait for that bit of DBS paperwork to clear and then it will be like WHAM! no more taxi driving

    Good to be back folks. This board was always good medicine.
  13. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    With my sense of direction I'd be lost all the time driving a Taxi

    My wife and I always follow the rule when lost - if in doubt turn left.

    We did this on Anglesey a few years ago and ended up on the other side of the island from where we thought we were.

    The advantage of travelling on a camel as we did this summer was the camel knew where it was going
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  14. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I've been writing a children's book (about the adventures of various animals living in a zoo - guess where I got the inspiration) for a long time now. I'm almost finished and then I'll see if I can get it published.
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  15. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter


    Thank goodness you are out of the business of driving a taxi. It is way,way too dangerous.
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  16. catbefriender

    catbefriender Lead commenter

    Well Hello @elvispenhaligon! :)Remember the old days, us all ranting away on the Unemployed Teachers Forum, putting the world to rights before they closed it down? You, 50sman and that awful spiderperson.:eek:

    Congratulations on being a father and re supply, like everything these days, there is TOO much competition and to much lies being told to us noble ones pursuing PAID employment. Try to send your CV out to schools in the hope that the HT's PA doesn't delete it before it is read. A few have been lucky by that route.

    Also some LEAs do NQTs open days. One of my friends gatecrashed and made a few contacts. Desperate times calls for desperate actions.;)

    Also contact the Return to Teachers Programme if I remember rightly, you were a Geography or Science Teacher.

    Any returning teachers can register on


    Have you heard of TSSTs, Teacher Subject Specialist Training it's FREE and you could retrain as a Maths, Science or MFL teacher, so if you are a Geography teacher, Maths or Science could happen and if you are a Science teacher, you could just update your skills for the new KS3-5 curriculum. Some of the courses may have already started but try and find one in your region. I googled TSST Devon and this came up


    Here is the general directory of TSST courses all over the country


    Hope something comes out of all of this and welcome back to the grind of trying to find PAYING work as a State qualified teacher in the 21st century.

    PS I emphasise PAID and PAYING work because I have been offered the opportunity to work for nothing other than the HT's praise on more than one occasion.:mad:
  17. catbefriender

    catbefriender Lead commenter

    Elvis is back in the building!:)
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  18. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    The unemployed teachers forum - that takes me back.
  19. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    When was it closed?
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  20. catbefriender

    catbefriender Lead commenter

    When the TES changed things around, about 2, 3, 4 years ago.o_O It was such a laugh! Probably didn't fit in with the national teachers shortage myth if loads of teachers were moaning there were NO jobs! There was a wonderful guy there, retired teacher who was the first to quote the hundreds of thousands of qualified teachers of working age OUT of schools. And there was this spiderperson who used to tell us we were all useless and she'd never employ any of us.

    Ah, the Good old days.:)
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