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Is Supply Work Possible For Me?

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by ross2010, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. I completed the Primary GTP more than five years ago. I couldn't land a job and decided to walk away after failing to get even a single day's supply work offered in the first month of the following autumn term despite very frequent promises from one agency in particular of sending me to schools almost every day 'soon'.

    I was considering giving it another go and recently called Randstad Education. They asked about my experience (zilch!) and said no chance unless I did voluntary work in schools for three months first. Are they for real?! I have a family to support...

    Would most other agencies say something similar or are Randstad just bad? Also is there much work available these days if people sign up to some of the 'better' agencies?
     
  2. I completed the Primary GTP more than five years ago. I couldn't land a job and decided to walk away after failing to get even a single day's supply work offered in the first month of the following autumn term despite very frequent promises from one agency in particular of sending me to schools almost every day 'soon'.

    I was considering giving it another go and recently called Randstad Education. They asked about my experience (zilch!) and said no chance unless I did voluntary work in schools for three months first. Are they for real?! I have a family to support...

    Would most other agencies say something similar or are Randstad just bad? Also is there much work available these days if people sign up to some of the 'better' agencies?
     
  3. There are several problems here1. You have absolutely no teaching experience at all so you are up against recently qualified teachers or those with plenty of recent experience.2. Your CV, if sent to a school will therefore not inspire them - schools now send out possible long term supply jobs to multiple agencies3. Agencies may ask you in to register but only so that the salesperson (aka consultant) can be seen to be doing something.4. Each agency is likely to ask you to get a CRB for each agency - at least £44 per CRB.5. There is little or no work in some parts of the country so you may well be laying out lots of money and expectation for no return.Sorry to sound so negative but if I were you I would seriously contemplate the feasability of your intended action. I currently work at ASDA while applying for teaching posts - and I may well be stuck now.
     
  4. Sorry to hear that you had such a negative experience. How come you have decided to look into teaching again?
    The previous post does make a good point about lack of experience. It will be hard to get work without any, but that doesn't mean you can't try. They are happy to take on just qualified teachers who have little experience and they get work, so in theory you could too.
    However the curriculum has moved on a lot in 5 years so a lot of it may be new to you, which could also be a hindrance. I am sure there are some 'returning to work after a gap' type of courses around, possibly the NUT or similar union may provide some. This could be worth investigating.
    Where in the country are you? There is more work in London but I'm still finding it a bit sketchy and not enough to support a family. I think it's probably harder to get work outside of London as there are just arn't the volume of schools.
    I've been working for Capita who seem quite good. I've also heard good things about Career Teachers, so you could look into either them.
    If you are currently out of work, then I think getting some voluntary experience in a school is probably a good idea. It means you are doing something positive with your time and gain some experience at the same time. It also shows you are being proactive which will help your CV. You could do 1-2 days with a school in your area. Not sure how it works if you are secondary but in primary you would probably work with small groups in the classroom or take children out to read, so more like a TA than a teacher. But it gets you used to the school routine etc and you can pick up behaviour tips and see how they deal with the curriculum. Once you have settled, you could speak to them about getting involved in planning and delivering some lessons - say RE or other foundation subjects. If you are lucky and get a nice supportive school or class teacher they may be happy for you to do that and support you while doing it. If they like you there is always the possibility of being offered some regular work.
    Another possibility is approaching schools directly...although again, it will be hard to persuade them due to your lack of experience. You could also find work either through supply or applying directly as a TA as they arn't as picky about experience. The pay is **** though so would be hard to support a family on long term. However if you are currrently out of work, it's surely better than nothing!
    Hope these suggestions help...good luck!
     
  5. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    You shouldn't have given up so quickly 5 years ago. September is notorious for there being little supply work around as staff have returned to work after a 6 week break and are at their most refreshed in the school year.
    Even in years when I achieved 160 days of work or more (out of 195 maximum days) I rarely got more than 6 days in September and then only from schools that used me a lot.
    You should consider volunteering ina school p/t and should also contact your nearby Local Authorities to see if they run Refresher Courses to bring you up to speed with changes in education.
    You could also contact the LA advisor for your specialism to find out if there is a local need for your specialism on temporary placements.
     
  6. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    They are being very honest about your chances of getting offered teaching work because of your lack of experience and the time lapse since gaining your GTP.
    Voluntary work will be a good way to gain such experience but I have reservations about people working for free since it means taking paid work away from another person, and there's not much of it in the first place.
    Why don't you accept work as a TA/HLTA to build up some experience? This way you can earn some money and not allowed yourself to be taken advantage of.
    I don't know about Randstad but other agencies do offer this kind of work.
     

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