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Supply teaching Birmingham

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Ds2d12, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. Ds2d12

    Ds2d12 Occasional commenter

    anyone know what supply is like in Birmingham?
     
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  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi

    Welcome to the forum.

    I am not in Birmingham bit just wanted to say you might need to be a little patient for a reply as some people who post on here regularly may be on holiday. There are one or two regulars I think may be in Birmingham but the may not be reading the forums if they are away.
     
  3. Ds2d12

    Ds2d12 Occasional commenter

    Thank you :).
     
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  4. The-Gaffer

    The-Gaffer Occasional commenter

    I did supplying Birmingham from Sept 16 to April 19 so fairly recently

    What specific questions did you have in mind as it’s easier to answer specifics than give you chapter & verse on irrelevant information

    Welcome to the forum
     
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  5. Ds2d12

    Ds2d12 Occasional commenter

    Just info in terms of pay and how regular/easy it is to get jobs. Also the good agencies and ones to avoid ha.

    I’m looking to work abroad. However, the resignation dates make it hard. My plan is to leave my school at Easter and do supply until summer giving me the best chance to secure a place abroad for next August /September.

    My concern is lack of jobs and then money worries! Thanks
     
  6. The-Gaffer

    The-Gaffer Occasional commenter

    I managed to find work for the 2 summers I was on supply full time both years so you could get lucky

    The first year I was outside my specialism & taught primary year 6 transition stuff as it was after SATS & I had done a quite a few days in the school prior to summer

    The second year was in my specialism in secondary

    But a few things to think about from what you write:
    To go on supply you will need a new DBS which will need to be done before you can start work
    You will need to meet with agencies during the Easter holidays so plan a day to do that
    You might not get much work as you won't have built up a reputation with the agencies do you need the money?

    I'd recommend calling the agency that shares thier name with the first 3 letters of the alphabet - they were good for me

    Pay wise it's always negotiable but that agency tend to pay you fairly plus it's PAYE

    From what you write though unless you can't stand your job why don't you apply for overseas posts in the normal way & see what comes up. Speak to your head letting them know of your intentions see if you can come to an understanding
     
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  7. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    I am with the agency of which you speak and they have got me nil jobs in a year.
    I no longer live in Birmingham, but I used to get very regular supply work there. However, summer term isn't the best because exams/work experience makes internal cover easier to organise.
     
  8. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I work mostly in South Brum. It depends what you want. My agency seems to be able to find lots of whole term placements (in science) but I don't want them. Daliy/weekly can be a bit hit and miss. There are some nice schools, many 'OK' schools and some absolute horrors. I will pm you with an agency recommendation. You also have adjoining LEAs such as Solihull, Coventry, Worcestershire. I sometimes get placements there too. North of Brum you have Dudley and Wolverhampton.
     
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