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Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by thekillers1, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. lulu57

    lulu57 Lead commenter

    I've got work booked for next Monday and one day in October so far. However, Him Indoors is off work with a dodgy facet joint in his back, so I am attending him with tea and sympathy (and the electronic massager!).
    We're both agency workers, so I could be worried about neither of us currently bringing in money, but I'm confident that the situation will change for both of us before long.
    I'm keeping my double chins up! ;)
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  2. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    Chat with the head of a local school next Tuesday about a possibility of something long-term, although I don't know how long Might even be able to complete the NQT year if all's well.

    I've been to the school a few times in the past. Not the best I've been to, but by no means the worst.
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  3. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

    Thanks mate:)
  4. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

    Got some bookings for next week and some more later in the month. Wife's cool about the lack of work this week. Thanks again for the positive comments everyone :)
  5. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    On supply, I pretty much resigned myself to getting nothing in September. Anything was a bonus, but I never planned to work.

    Saying that, now that I have a permanent part-time post (not teaching) and am available for supply two days per week, the offers having been rolling in! Yesterday, I was offered a long-term position doing 1:1 English with autistic children (I'd have accept, but the days didn't match my availability), and just today a school right on my doorstep was wanting a full time, long term teacher (a result of their entire English department resigning in May). It seems that the wheels are rather falling off and a lot of local schools seem to be in trouble, unable to appoint full time teachers to replace those who resigned last year - several children that I tutor in different schools report having supply staff to start the new school year.
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  6. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    I hope that's not the one I'm going to have a chat with the head of on Tuesday!
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  7. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Like I said - the supply market will be better this year.
  8. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    I thought my luck had turned, as I was approached through an agency about a month or so at a school about ten miles away. We have reached an impasse as I want to know the rate before committing myself, and the agency wants me to commit before they negotiate the rate.
  9. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    That's a tough one. Could you suggest a 'sealed bid' type solution. You will guarantee a 'definite yes provided the pay is not under £xxx'?
  10. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    As expected, no work today, so that's the first week done with nothing. Might pop out to an old railway line to do some blackberrying this afternoon :)
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  11. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    I have tried that but the agency want me to commit to the job before they will negotiate with the school about the rate, or at least, that is what they say! It is like playing poker with an opponent able to see my cards but not me his. I am not holding my breath as I have been at this game for too long to be bothered with this sort of con-ology.
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  12. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    @Lara mfl 05: I have just had this reply from the agency, "I will pick up the conversation next week, as things move so quickly it could change again." It seems I am not negotiating from a position of strength. How I long for those simple days when you could agree that pay rate before you started the job.
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  13. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

    ...and had a phone call today for an all day cover. Things are now looking up :)
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  14. yellowflower

    yellowflower Occasional commenter

    Good luck to you all.... why isn't my phone buzzing? :(
  15. Urbanfaerie

    Urbanfaerie Occasional commenter

    I'm another one who got a permanent job, told the agencies about it and STILL get pestered, even though I've worked here for just over a year!

    Supply teachers - I'm sure it'll pick up once term gets in to full swing. 'Freshers flu' is likely to hit in the next few weeks, as it always does.
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  16. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter


    Well done for getting a permanent job and thank you for your kind words of encouragement.
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  17. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    Well if it isn't the same school, it's just more proof that a lot of schools are struggling to recruit following lots of resignations in May.
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  18. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    I received an offer from the agency of £175, which I naively thought was the daily rate. I was soon disabused of this delusion when I found that it was the weekly rate! £35 a day, no way!
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  19. yellowflower

    yellowflower Occasional commenter

    You've got to be joking right?! :mad:
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  20. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    £35 per DAY?!? That's not even minimum wage! You'd be better off working in Tesco.
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