I've been working in a school just 10 minutes from my front door this past week. I was originally booked to cover for 1 week and this has quickly turned into another 3 weeks until half term. Meanwhile, two other positions have become available in the same school. I'm in two minds what to do. Life story alert: After leaving full time teaching, I said I'd give myself a year on supply before coming up with a more long-term plan. At the end of last year, I'd had a very successful year on supply and wasn't ready to make a decision yet, so carried on with more supply. Though I'd saved to ensure I had money in August and September, work didn't pick up properly again until November and there were a couple of very scary months (partially due to being overtaxed, which didn't help matters). Anyway, I was tempted to take up a permanent post as a Cover Supervisor - lower salary, but the bills would be covered and my other business ventures would supplement my income. As soon as I mentioned this to my agency, work suddenly picked up and I've had pretty much constant work since. So, here are my options: 1) School is looking for a subject-specialist to deliver 1:1/small group intervention from now until the exams in May, with the possibility of an extension to work with KS3 in the summer term. This will be a 9-4 position, 5 days per week, which is more than I need really, but the small group sessions shouldn't generate marking and there will be minimal planning since I have thousands of resources. 2) Same school is also advertising for an faculty support assistant. This role is attached to a particular faculty. It's a classroom assistant job: filing, photocopying, displays, admin, entering data etc and then covering absence when required (clearly the school uses supply as a rarity). It's a £17k per year salary and would pay a summer/August wage. Basically, it's a role that would finish at the end of the school day, and covers the bills. I'm very tempted by the 2nd post as a long-term solution. I don't really enjoy the financial hardship throughout the summer and the stress on not knowing when work will start again on the other side. This role, plus my other business ventures would keep the finances ticking over nicely whilst giving me the holidays, the pension and the stress-free income. That said, it's my understanding that these roles are frequently vacated (they tend to be occupied by prospective PGCE students). So if I took up post 1, I may find that another opportunity for post 2 becomes available later in the year. Thanks for letting me waffle. Has anyone else been considering their options for the long-term plan?