Supply teaching; is it fulfilling?

Nina Boniface

Supply teaching; is it fulfilling?

Do you have children but want a flexible and rewarding job to fill your spare time? Are you an actor looking for extra money? Are you studying and want to dip your toe in education? Supply teaching is very fulfilling and might just be what you’re looking for. Engage Education can help you find teaching jobs in the UK.

Supply teaching is a really flexible alternative to working full time, whether that’s in teaching or another sector.

So, why do schools use supply teachers? There are a number of reasons as to why schools need supply teachers; whether one of their full-time teachers is in training, maternity/paternity leave or isn’t well enough to come to school. Supply teachers are really important because they minimise disruption to pupils and their education; i.e. they don’t fall behind on their work and progression through the curriculum.

What would I have to do as a supply teacher? The first thing to note is the flexibility in your work schedule, you can work as little or often as you like. Once you’re booked to a school, your job is to deliver the lesson plans provided to you by the regular class teacher to the students in an engaging way. You can use communication and planning skills to do this well, and it goes without saying that the more you teach supply, the more confident you’ll get.

If you think you need to brush up on specific aspects of your skillset, you can attend free CPD courses that we offer. For example, if you went to a school on a supply assignment but didn’t receive great feedback, we can help. We offer courses on behaviour management to brush up your knowledge and help you learn new and effective strategies.

If you work a full school day, you’ll get paid a daily rate, but if you only complete a few hours at a school, for example, if a teacher was at training, then you’d receive an hourly rate. A full day could be 5.5 hours of teaching, with an hour either side for marking/tidying etc.

Shorter working days are why supply teaching is such a great way to ease your way back into the sector. There’s less obligation to fulfil a full-time teachers duties, which leaves you with a great work/life balance and a career in your hands.

To learn more, click here to discover some our favourite supply teaching tips.

Teachers come first

At Engage, we make sure that all teachers are paid in line with national scales, and we will negotiate on your behalf with any school you are placed with to ensure you receive the daily rate you deserve. To join an agency that understands your value, register with Engage.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll hear from your own personal Engage consultant, who will work with you to create your own personalised career plan that suits your skills and goals.

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