1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice

Supply Work

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by hotchoc6, Oct 29, 2017.

  1. hotchoc6

    hotchoc6 Occasional commenter

    Is there much supply work in the Birmingham area - either day to day or long term?
  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi hotchoc6

    I am not in Birmingham so can't comment. However, welcome to the forum.
    les25paul and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  3. hotchoc6

    hotchoc6 Occasional commenter

    Thanks pepper5 :)
    pepper5 and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  4. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I have answered your thread in workplace dilemmas.
    gingerhobo48, pepper5 and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  5. The-Gaffer

    The-Gaffer Occasional commenter

    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
    gingerhobo48 and pepper5 like this.
  6. hotchoc6

    hotchoc6 Occasional commenter

    Thanks for the reply. Was that 2/3 days a week working at different schools? Was there much long term supply about?
    pepper5 likes this.
  7. The-Gaffer

    The-Gaffer Occasional commenter

    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.
    pepper5 likes this.
  8. tolkien28

    tolkien28 Occasional commenter

    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.
    pepper5 likes this.
  9. hotchoc6

    hotchoc6 Occasional commenter

    Thanks for your replies. It's good to know there is work out there :)
    pepper5 likes this.
  10. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Have you checked your pms?
    pepper5 likes this.
  11. billa

    billa New commenter

    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?
    thekillers and pepper5 like this.
  12. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi bills

    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.
  13. cole1978

    cole1978 New commenter

    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!
    schoolsout4summer likes this.
  14. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    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.
  15. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    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.
  16. pjs1111

    pjs1111 New commenter

    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...

Share This Page