WHY SUPPLY WORK?
Supply work is a great way to achieve an effective life/work balance. Experienced Teachers/Teaching Assistants can often rediscover their passion for teaching as a result of the flexibility it offers. Newly qualified individuals can broaden their practical experience before committing themselves to a specific school or Keystage permanently. Since the COVID Pandemic, we have been busier than ever. As a result, we have even more exciting opportunities for supply staff.
WHAT DO YOU NEED IN ORDER TO DO SUPPLY WORK?
Firstly, speak to us at School House. We are an award winning, REC Audited Education and Crown Commercial Services Framework accredited agency click here. We can offer honest advice and guidance.
To teach, you generally need QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).
To work as a Teaching Assistant, a relevant TA qualification is preferred. However, recent practical classroom experience in a TA role is just as important.
You will definitely require an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Certificate for Child Workforce. This should be registered on the update service. We can help you to arrange one if you like.
Finally, a genuine passion for helping children to develop and enjoy their learning experience.
Please visit click here for details of our current opportunities.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- Be flexible – The more flexible you are able to be re locations you can work, days you can work, subjects you are willing to teach etc, the more opportunities your agency can share with you, and the more work you will enjoy as a result.
- Plan ahead – Please keep your phone close by on the days you have said you are available, especially first thing in the morning, and have your emergency resources good to go e.g. pens, stationery, contingency lesson plans. Some schools are not close to shops either, so something for lunch is also an excellent idea.
- Ask questions – What can your agency tell you about the school you are going to, that could help on your first visit? On arrival, introduce yourself to the main office, check who the Senior Leadership Team is, ask about the school’s key policies e.g. behaviour, marking, ICT etc
- Build effective relationships – Get to know who you may be working with and how they can help you settle in quickly – especially in the classroom. For Teachers, a good TA can be an absolute lifeline!
- Maintain routines – This can help pupils to settle, even if an unfamiliar Teacher/TA is teaching them. Good behaviour and productivity can often be the result of a confident Supply Teacher/TA, who has familiarised her/himself with specific school routines.
- Make a good first impression – Aim to leave school with a favourable impression of both you and your agency at the end of your assignment. Share any positive feedback you have with the school. Alternatively, if you have not enjoyed your assignment, please speak to your agency rather than the school and explain why. Give your agency the chance to help resolve any issues on your behalf. They are there to help you.
- Keep your agency informed – Always let your agency know about anything you feel may help future supply staff. This is so important and should not be underestimated.