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Supply teaching in London

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by melaniejb, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. Hi,

    I've been teaching (primary) for 3 years now and have recently moved to another school - unfortunately it's not a good place to be. I'm working so hard at the moment that the idea of applying for jobs on top of what I'm doing for school is awful - I can't do it...so I'm thinking of handing in my notice at the end of the year and doing supply for a bit from September when I will decide whether to move away from London or not.

    I'm just wondering what getting supply work is like in London nowadays? Can you get work 5 days a week? I've been told that I'd have no trouble but having read some of the posts on here, I'm not so sure!
  2. janeygrey

    janeygrey New commenter

    I don't log on very often as my experience of supply has been so EXTREMELY different to the supply teachers on this site and I don't want to appear to be bragging. I get work EVERY SINGLE DAY - five days a week. I am in the second city so I don't know about London, but persume they would be very similar. ALL supplies I know are also working non stop. So don't take this forum as gospel, I am in my 2nd year of supply and only accept day to day. As long as this work doesn't dry up, I will never ever return to a permanent contract. To those not getting work, I can only say, keep going.
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Good going janeygrey!
    I do think experiences vary greatly around the country.I would say rural area generally have less work than the 'big cities'. It also depends if you're seconadary or not & your specialism, your pay scale etc.
    Whatever you do, think about your own health first.
  4. Ditto to janeygrey; I'm in London and I've worked constantly since last Sept on supply and have had to turn down offers from agencies but it depends on your subject (I'm mfl). It's a short-term solution for me until I find a permanent job. The only thing is that it's not enough to live on in London given the fact that transport is expensive, you don't get paid for the holidays, and any sick days or interview days obviously will not be paid. I pretty much spent more than I earned last term but survived due to a kind friend putting me up for very little rent. Supply work in London isn't sustainable for me, I need a full-time wage.

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