Before you commit to a full time teaching role, I recommend you consider supply teaching.
If you are a newly qualified teacher supply teaching will provide you with:
- The opportunity to work in a variety of schools before committing to a full time teaching role.
- The demonstrable teaching experience you need to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for teaching jobs.
- Introductions to the contacts you need for securing your dream-teaching job.
When you supply teach, you are guaranteed to develop your skills and put into practice the methods you have learnt. In particular you will have the opportunity to:
- Increase your knowledge and confidence in planning and delivering lessons effectively without having to worry about the burden of paperwork and administration normally involved with a full time teaching role.
- Observe and talk to different teachers and pick up tips about how they:
- Plan and teach lessons.
- Handle difficult students with tact and understanding.
- Assess work.
- Experiment with different approaches of:
- Classroom management and getting student’s attention.
- Teaching and presentation styles.
- Getting the most value out of technology.
Elsewhere supply-teaching will help you to:
- Develop your teaching resources
- Develop the CV you need for securing your dream-teaching job.
- Help you to prepare for observed interview/trial lessons (which in some ways are very similar to supply lessons).
So congratulations for completing your teaching training. Now take the next step in setting the foundations you need for a successful career in teaching.
Do this by building up your teaching experience through supply teaching.
About the author: Rick Smallwood is a former chemistry teacher and founder of leading London and the South East supply teacher agency teachweb. He has a proven track record of matching the right teachers to the right vacancy.