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Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by hotchoc6, Oct 29, 2017.
Is there much supply work in the Birmingham area - either day to day or long term?
I am not in Birmingham so can't comment. However, welcome to the forum.
I have answered your thread in workplace dilemmas.
I'm Birmingham based, last year it picked up after October half term & I was getting about 2 or 3 days a week but I was doing primary & that wasn't my specialism
Thanks for the reply. Was that 2/3 days a week working at different schools? Was there much long term supply about?
There was but from memory that started to get offered to me after Christmas. I'm not saying that there wasn't that option before but I spent pretty much all October half term to Christmas in hospital with my daughter. I remember getting offered long term positions after that, Coventry, Small Heath & Walsall were 3 of the areas that long term got offered me.
Hi hotchoc6, i live in birmingham and have been doing primary school supply through choice for the last 10 years, paid through the LEA and booking my work directly from the schools, thankfully not going through agencies. I have been extremely lucky to get as much work as i want between two schools, [around 130/140 days a year at the best] however i have seen a big decline in the last year [80 days work]. This seems to be mainly down to using htla's for cover work that i used to do. Nothing i can do about it, i guess its down to money in the end. On the plus side i'm due to retire next year so im happy to be doing less work anyway. For me the best days of supply are in the past. Birmingham is a massive authority so i honestly think you should find enough work. Good luck.
Thanks for your replies. It's good to know there is work out there
Have you checked your pms?
this is my 9th year of supply teaching in Birmingham and its never been this quiet before. Had a full year last year so maybe that covered up the problem but from friends as well there seems to have been a dramatic down turn. November was always good in the past. Time for a career change, though who knows what?
Welcome to the forum.
I was at a registration morning today and there were loads of people registering. It is very competitive now and schools are cutting back to the bone.
I live in the West Midlands. I have been a Supply Teacher on and off for the last 9 Years. I have only had 2 days of supply work since September. I have NEVER known it to be so quiet!
I have been reasonably busy so far. Currently on a 5 day week until Christmas. Had about 2 days a week on average before half term. I wouldn't like to be trying to live on supply but as a pension supplement it is useful.
It may depend on your subject, whether you are willing to take long term placements, whether you are willing to try and stay at 'challenging' schools. It may also depend on how proactive your agency/handler is. My handler is actually a former pupil and she looks out for me.
I have just signed up for supply again, and am wondering how busy it is (Ox/Bucks)... I do not mind teaching outside my specialisms at all... I remain hopeful but I do wonder whether day to day is likely to be remotely regular. I have only done medium term work before, not day to day...