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Need to complete 2 terms

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by 10022576, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. I finished my degree 5 years ago, I was a supply teacher for 4 years and completed 1 term NQT on a long term supply. This academic year I have worked as a Learning support officer as I could not afford to be on supply any longer, plus can only be on supply for a certain amount of time.
    My problem is I need to complete the remainder 2 terms and need help with suggestions of how to do this. I have applied for 20 jobs this year with no reply. The reason im given is over 150 people applied but I am thinking it is because I havnt been teaching this year???
    Any ideas would be grateful
  2. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    Look on Jobseekers, I'm afraid there are lots of people who have been teaching who have also been struggling so its not personal just the climate at the moment. What are your plans for next year? Good luck and don't get too disheartened xx
  3. GloriaSunshine

    GloriaSunshine New commenter

    I think your history will go against you. You need to look out for some maternity covers or similar. If you have a network of friends in schools, you will know how they recruit cover teachers in an emergency. If not, ring schools in the area and find out which agencies they use and register, making it clear that you can only do placements of at least a term. Try colleges for some odd hours of teaching. If you are secondary, get some examining or moderating experience if you can. Don't know about primary but there must be ways in - I'm thinking of training up to do something sporty, cycling safety courses etc. Basically anything that gets you known in the schools you're applying to. Unfortunately, with only supply on your application, you're unlikely to be considered against newly qualified teachers unless you have more to offer or are known to the school.
  4. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Contact the LA adviser for your specialism and ask to be notified of any maternity covers or long term sickness covers that they hear about.
    Check school websites regualrly as some post their temporary vacancies there (and in LA bulletins) rather than fork out for expensive ads in the national press.
  5. What if you are an NQT who has been doing supply? I would like to think that NQTs in this position would have a lot to offer schools compared to someone who is fresh out of training, but sadly, this doesn't seem to be the case...

  6. Surely supply experience is better than none??
    I am in primary. I have asked supply agencies for term placements.
  7. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Yes supply experience can be valuable but it if it is made up of just individual days in different schools then the experience appears patchy! It is usually a benefit to a receiving school to have a shorter induction period- however some Heads tend to go for the "new crop" . A lot depends upon the region you work in and in the NE and SW finding a full year induction post is very difficult.
  8. I do apply for maternity covers which are on the local council websites.
    How do I find the LA adviser?
  9. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Ring the education department at the Council and ask for their name and direct number.
  10. PaulDG

    PaulDG Occasional commenter

    Err. Yes. It's 16 months from the date you began supply and can be extended by the LA to up to another year.
    28 months max.
    How were you a supply teacher for 4 years?
  11. I had an extension. Also, the agency let me work with no extension.
  12. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    They would, your earning them cash! but it would be you who would be reprimanded if/when caught.
    Having said that I was told by a council they're offering up to 4 extensions due to the way things are at present x
  13. I was told I can only have one extension
  14. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    That is correct there is a statutory time limit for non induction supply. If anyone is breaching this then they are teaching uninsured, as it is counted as illegal employment by the insurers. The consequences are that if there is a problem , such as a child gets injured, and a claim then it would be the school , agency and individual who would be liable for compensation. Agencies should know the rules they are crystal clear.

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