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leaving full time teaching for supply

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by sew12, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Hi
    I have been teaching for 11 years now and up till now have had an enjoyable experience.
    Unfortunately, this year has been a different story and I am seriously considering giving up
    the full time post and opting for supply work instead.
    Really need advice about how I would go about making a move into supply teaching, salaries, pensions, holidays and
    anything else that would be useful to help me make my decision.
     
  2. Hi
    I have been teaching for 11 years now and up till now have had an enjoyable experience.
    Unfortunately, this year has been a different story and I am seriously considering giving up
    the full time post and opting for supply work instead.
    Really need advice about how I would go about making a move into supply teaching, salaries, pensions, holidays and
    anything else that would be useful to help me make my decision.
     
  3. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Firstly don't expect a full time income from supply, or anything close. You will probably end up signing up with a supply agency that offers you a daily flat rate below the level of your scale pay. See the 2011-12 Salary /195 thread for reference. Being paid to scale is a rarity. Being offered Cover Supervisor rate at £10 an hour is increasingly common. If you work for an Agency you will not be making any pension contributions to TPA unless the Agency can get you LEA paid work. In the last 12 months I reckon I've made about 3 months of TPA pension contributions. You will get plenty of holidays, as it is something of a struggle to fill the week with work. July and September are notoriously devoid of supply work, and many many people are struggling during the rest of the year.

    You may decide to by-pass agencies and go direct to schools you know, in which case it's anyone's guess about how successful you may be.

    I wish you luck with it, but don't consider it if you have any major debts still to pay.
     
  4. Wuzzy

    Wuzzy New commenter

    If you don't want to work full time, is there any chance that the school you are at would consider a jobshare and you working part time? It might be an option to explore - supply is just so unreliable these days.
    I have worked part time and supplemented that with supply work, which was fantastic
    I am doing full time supply currently owing to total lack of pt permanent jobs in my area currently - which basically works out at around 0.5 FTE across the year (or it did last year- but on a weekly basis I varied from 0 to 5 days and all points in between!!)
    If you don't like uncertainty about whether you will be working on any given day,then supply work may not be for you. It can be really soul destroying getting up early every morning and waiting on a phone that doesn't ring. It makes planning for your own life rather difficult at times.
    Plus sides of supply - if you can afford to, you can turn down work if you are not feeling well (we all know as teachers that we will struggle in whilst feeling like death when you are permanent full time staff as you don't want to let the children/school down by not turning up!!)
    You can make doctors appointments, go to the dentist, stay in for the washing machine repair if you need to!
    You can decide not to work on given days - but that may mean that you lose out on work.

    If you do decide on supply, good luck, but do explore other options first if you can.
     
  5. I think it is worse in secondary supply. I am secondary. However area you work is important in the supply game.
    On covering subjects not your specialism. Used to do a lot of it in the old days. You get used to it, and picked up stuff as you raced around a school. Sometimes I would contribute a lot in some lessons (depends on the work left) No work left would be better than some mindless scribble left by a teacher as work sometimes.
    Most work for me is subject nowadays. However I will be used for cover on the teachers timetable when they have a PPA. Rarely cover is always cover for the supply teacher. Which is fair enough on a booking for a day to a week in length.
    Long term, I would be given the odd PPA, and I would do all the normal stuff expected of a classroom teacher.
    Secondary Supply - less work, less money - harder jobs
    Secondary Schools - Less learning
     

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