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What is the supply teacher market like right now ?

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by RebelX, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. Are there plenty of supply teachers being used in secondary schools or are most sitting on their backsides every day ?
  2. Are there plenty of supply teachers being used in secondary schools or are most sitting on their backsides every day ?
  3. I am secondary I have worked every day all over the show since Christmas. Only not booked for two days since crimbo.
    I think it depends a lot on the area you live in and the agencies you are smart enough to work for or rather not work for.
    I choose to sit on my backside if the schools or agencies are not playing a fair and reasonable game plan.
    So they do not get my mercenary services.
    If the three party triangle deal of school - agency - supply teacher is good then I am up for the sharp end.
    If not then screw em
  4. Ok, thanks for the reply. My situation is that I am reaching the end of the 7th year in my current school (8th of teaching) and I need to get out of this place. So much so I would consider leaving even if I didn't have a new job. I am looking for a new job but don't want to be tied to this place even if I'm not successful.
    Smart move or am I being dumb ?
  5. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    That's what I did last summer, but primary. If you can manage with the pay cut, that you are likely to have even if you work every day, then supply is a fabulous move.
    But beware that it is easy to get used to having your weekends and evenings free and be able to have a day off whenever you wish. You might not ever want to go back...
  6. If you really need to get out of your current school - then supply may the way forward.
    Depends on subject etc - I am science so have plenty of work if I want it. Mostly long term assignments.
    Are you able to stick it out where you are? I left a permanent post without a job. I got a long term supply post in a week.
    Not a dumb move if you are that unhappy where you are
    Good luck in what you decide xx
  7. Yep, I take your warning totally on board. Ideally I'll be lucky enough to land something elsewhere but just in case. I'm just stressed and miserable right now, I need to break away from this place.
  8. Hi Rebelx, Wether supply or contract so much depends on the area you are in and the agencies who are operating in your area.
    Seven years combat experience is good. however I would look long and hard before I would leave a post. It's easy to get out however it is very hard to get back in these days.
    My advice is look at the big picture. It is vey a difficult to call to make
  9. My subject is Maths, hopefully a subject that's still in demand.
  10. I work in Greater Manchester and have work most days. I left f.t. teaching 6 years ago and there has been tons of work since! Notice that I have written 'work' so frequently. It can be hard , particularly with behaviour. However, supply often is a 'showcase' for schools and if you're a good practitioner some schools will make sure that they don't lose you.
    Only jump ship when you are ready to.
  11. How can you be sure it's time to move ? I find myself getting up in the morning and hating the idea of going... not even because of the kids, but because of certain staff.
  12. I resigned when I just couldn't stand another minute of the same 'groundhog' day. One of the best things I ever did from a health point of view. Financial security is not guarenteed though I do tend to work most days. The variety keeps me much fresher than if I was in a fixed routine. I would NEVER return to a full time post. One reason for this is you don't get tangled up in school/departmental politics as you learn to reappreciate each and every moment for the positive in it.
  13. Secondary supply teaching does get quieter by the end of May. Once the older students go into exams and then finish for the year the need for supply teachers in Secondary schools does decrease. You could ask the agencies you join up with to look for an immediate Maths long term position for you? If they find another secure role until the end of term then you could leave, otherwise you can at least get them on the case for September if you think you can make it through the rest of the term at your current school.
    I think it's realistic for Secondary supply teachers looking for work at the end of the Summer term to be prepared to take on pretty much any assignment. This could mean schools which don't feel like a good match for you or schools that are a long way away...if you are up for this, and don't have a financial need to have to work every single day then supply teaching may be the answer. As other posters suggest your health and happiness have to come first. Good luck with your decision.
  14. This has been a great thread for me. I am nearing the end of my third year yeaching (2nd in this school) and I am thinking of leaving to do supply too: my job is making me ill - my migraines have got worse (the school is full of bad lighting, bad behaviour and bad management).
    I worked in industry before retraining and I have never had to work so hard. Anyway, this is very positive (whilst realistic) - thank you and Good Luck RebelX
  15. This thread was started in 2009. Since then, supply work has decreased dramatically. Have you not read the more recent posts on this forum?
  16. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Up to June 2009 I was getting as much work as I wanted (minimum 132 days per school year).
    In the 2009/10 school year I didn't even manage 40 days of work and had to do 100 mile round trips to some schools.
    Since Sept 2010 I've had about 8 days of work. I only managed 2 hours in February and 2 hours in March, both times at a school 38 miles from my home.
    I'm in the North West and work in Secondary.
    Hundreds of supply Cover Supervisors have been taken on by LA and private agencies alike and they get booked first. Most of my bookings this year were initially offered to me at CS rates, which I refused. I knew that if they were contacting me after I'd told them I wouldn't be a CS, they couldn't have any more CSs available at short notice. They soon rang back saying that the schools had agreed to pay me as a teacher.
    I was a non-taxpayer for the first time in years in the 2010/11 tax year. I've managed just over £3k in gross pay. Could you manage on that?
    At recent training events it's become clear that the Primary supply teachers in my area are getting enough work. Supply is dead in the water for Secondary specialists.
  17. historygrump

    historygrump Star commenter Forum guide

    I am like jubillee
    I am based on the outskirts of GT Manchester and work all over the area and even go as far as the outskirts of Leeds in West Yorkshire, I am finding getting a day a week is an achievement and I do both secondary and primary schools as well. It does depend on the agency and your subject, but CS and TA's are taking over like a bad rash. It as got to the stage I am asking is it worthing carrying on and just surviving.
  18. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    i know this is an old thread which has been resurrected, but it could be quite informative to any 'lurkers' considering supply.
    Like the above 2 posters I have had little work these past 3 years.
    I work in a rural area further south & it's equally bad down here. If I hadn't been pro-active & volunteered one day a week at a school I wouldn't have had a single day's work in the past 3 years! I even had 2 terms work for a colleague off long-term sick last year.
    But next year I will start applying for TA posts ( or even CS) & see if they'll consider me. I very much regret this decision but after 17 years on supply, so many applications & no permanent posts, plus my 'mature age' I look forward & realise I cannot keep going on like this till I'm 65 (I'm ragged enough now!) & need to have a life now my children are grown.
  19. I can see I am not the only to struggle. A couple of years ago, workwise it was great. I used to receive phone calls from all my agencies everyday! Now, I am glad if I get 3 or 4/week.
    I have decided to register with 2 more agencies because I am really fed up to wait for a phone call every morning and to end up staying at home.

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