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Supply Teaching Plymouth.

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by simong68, Aug 14, 2015.

  1. Hi all,

    I have just completed a PGCE in post 16. However FE work is limited in Plymouth at present, so I have started to register with agencies in Plymouth. I am cleared to work for Concorde, who are a part of Cornwall College. Has anybody had experience of Hays, Class People, Ranstand, Pertemps or Pro Education, are there any other agencies that are good, get you a decent supply of work? I will be working toward QTLS in September once the window opens again with SET. What are your experiences? I'm looking to teach secondary and A level. My specialist subject is Art, Design and Photography.

    Many thanks.
  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter


    You may wish to see if you can get work directly from schools without going through agencies in the first instance.

    Have you ever worked in a secondary school as the behaviour management issues you will face and the things you need to know will be different than FE. There is a book you might like called Taking Care of Behaviour by Paul Dix which will give you an idea of what to expect.
  3. elvispenhaligon

    elvispenhaligon Occasional commenter

    Hello. Secondary Supply dried up TOTALLY in Plymouth in about 09. I got limited bits here and there, but nothing to even fuel my car continually. The agencies will all sign you up and talk the talk. What they do is what counts.

    You'd better cross your fingers and hope someone you know can open a position up for you (I know it sounds Jaded, but this is how I got my first job and this is how many positions in the area get filled) otherwise you are utterly screwed. Cornwall College has less than no jobs and there are crowds of people chasing jobs everywhere. Even if something came up at the minimum wage, there would be takers.

    Plymouth got hit VERY hard by the advent of cover supervisors and Cornwall is very much "Mrs Goggins comes out of retirement when someone is off sick". I made good money in 06 and it got less and less and less and less.

    When Select Education chose to change it's name, this was indicative of the bigger picture IMO.

    Tell us how you got on. It's possible it has all changed.
  4. teslagirls1

    teslagirls1 New commenter

    Hi, I work in primary so it might not be as applicable but was registered with Concorde and have received virtually no work from them as I believe is the case for others who have listed here. Perhaps that is due to them being more secondary based so hopefully they will be better for you. When I was starting on supply I did phone schools directly to find out who they used so this might be one approach. Have you tried step teachers or teaching personnel?

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