Supply teaching: What to expect

  • Have you recently completed your teacher training, but have yet to find a permanent teaching position?
  • Do you love teaching but want a break from the administrative constraints of the role?
  • Or perhaps you have taken time out from teaching and would like make a return to the classroom?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then supply teaching may offer you a solution. Many teachers enjoy the benefits of supply teaching which include:

  • Flexibility.
  • The opportunity to work in a variety of schools.
  • The opportunity to develop your skills.

One thing is certain. Life is never boring as a supply teacher in London and the South East.

If you are thinking about trying out supply teaching, here is a good article for you that details what you can expect. Also, take advantage of the tips within the article for getting the most out of a typical day:

A day in the life of a supply teacher: What to expect

Of course if you have any tips of your own, please do share them with our readers.

Rick Smallwood, Founder teachweb supply teaching agency
Rick Smallwood, founder, teachweb

About the Author: Rick Smallwood is a former chemistry teacher and founder of leading London and the South East supply teaching agency teachweb. He has a proven track record of matching the right teachers to the right vacancy.

What supply teaching agencies can learn from matchmakersHow do we find out if candidates and schools are right for each other? The answer lies in matchmaking.

As it is the season of love, we have been thinking about the skills needed to be a successful supply teaching agency matchmaker.

Like a matchmaker who is paid to help people find love, a successful supply teaching agency consultant needs to be equipped with attributes including:

  • Relationship management skills.
  • People and communication skills.
  • Time.
  • Energy.
  • Passion.
  • Drive.

To ensure candidates and schools present themselves in the best possible and accurate light and to make the perfect match.

Matchmaking for schools

Of course building and maintaining strong relationships with schools has to be at the heart of any successful supply teaching agency business. Therefore when making a match for a school, a good supply teaching agency will deliver:

  • A professional service that combines a positive and realistic attitude and the ability to listen and understand the schools needs.
  • Excellent lines of communication.
  • An excellent vetting service.

So that schools can be confident that they will be introduced to the right person with the right skills and attitude to do the job.

Matchmaking for teachers

Very much like modern dating, a supply teaching agency’s initial contact with a teacher will be online. It will speak to you without actually seeing you.

Although a supply teaching agency will be more interested in a teacher’s CV than its photo, it will be aware that some “artistic license” can be used to embellish attributes!

Where a supply teaching agency differs from an online matchmaker is that it can check up on past performance!

Furthermore, unlike an online matchmaker, a supply teaching agency can ask previous (employment) partners for references.

In fact online matchmakers should take note of this feature of our service. Wouldn’t it be great if you could vet potential partners in terms of:

  • Tidiness.
  • Flexibility.
  • Ability to get on with your friends.
  • Punctuality.
  • Attendance… and more.

Sorry, I have become distracted. But surely, this would save so much time?!

Back to matchmaking for teachers. A good supply teaching agency will:

  • Have great relationships with a wide range of schools.
  • Provide a quick and simple job finding service (easy to register and regular updates of available positions).
  • Create exceptional job descriptions.
  • Provide help and advice to get teachers through the interview process.
  • Be skilled in negotiation so teachers can be confident they will benefit from the best rates of pay.

Unfortunately in education recruitment unlike some matchmaking agencies, we do not get the chance to wine and dine our candidates.

However I am going to make a late new year’s resolution to meet as many teachweb teachers as possible for a drink and a chat.

Why?

Because that is how teachweb started and that’s what it is all about!

In conclusion, whatever you are doing this Valentines day, enjoy it and know that we are extremely enthusiastic about your relationship with teachweb!

Rick Smallwood, Founder teachweb supply teaching agency
Rick Smallwood, founder, teachweb

About the Author: Rick Smallwood is a former chemistry teacher and founder of leading London and the South East supply teaching agency teachweb. He has a proven track record of matching the right teachers to the right vacancy.

Supply teachers: How to engage a classWhat can be more distracting and frustrating for a supply teacher than having to manage a pupil that:

  • Doesn’t easily participate in class activities.
  • Regularly demonstrates poor behaviour.
  • Doesn’t complete its homework.

Well, you will be pleased to hear that help is at hand. Senior Leader at Shoreham Academy Emlyn Hall has developed an effective new approach to managing pupils with behavioural issues.

Read Emlyn’s article: Helping students to re-engage with their education and you will be able to introduce your school to new strategies for:

  • Getting students to take responsibility for their actions.
  • Salvaging strained or broken pupil/staff/school relationships.
  • Getting pupils with behavioural problems to work together with troubled peers, so that they can ultimately achieve their potential.

Finally, find out how you can help your school, like Emlyn’s school Shoreham Academy to benefit from significant success in re-engaging the most challenging pupils.

Of course and as always, we would be delighted to hear your experiences on this subject. So do let us know if you have any advice you can pass on to teachweb supply teachers.

Rick Smallwood, Founder teachweb supply teaching agency
Rick Smallwood, founder, teachweb

About the Author: Rick Smallwood is a former chemistry teacher and founder of leading London and the South East supply teaching agency teachweb. He has a proven track record of matching the right teachers to the right vacancy.