A substantial amount of teachers are choosing to work on supply, and it could well be down to the number of advantages that working in a school on a permanent position can’t provide.
As well as being a good fit for a number of teachers, teaching on supply can also help Newly Qualified Teachers as they launch their career, allowing them to gain experience and expand their set of skills.
For schools, supply teachers are essential. Teachers working on supply cover for illness and any kind of short or long-term absences such as maternity leave, etc. A high demand is very common.
We spoke to our teachers to get their thoughts on the advantages of supply teaching and here is what they told us:
1. “It’s a flexible career to have”
As we’ve previously mentioned, supply teaching gives you the freedom to decide when and where you work, and it allows you to work in a plethora of different schools to develop your experience, without very much hassle at all.
2. “It made looking for work much easier when I relocated”
You can pick up right where you left off with supply work if you have made the decision to relocate. There are plenty of education recruitment agencies across the country to choose from, just be sure it’s the right one for you.
3. “I appreciate that I’m not in the same place every day”
Supply teaching gives you the opportunity to work in many different schools and gain a wider range of experience than most full time teachers who decide to stay in one school for a portion of their teaching career. Many teachers enjoy the challenges that come with going to a different school each day, as well as meeting and working with new people.
4. “Work-life balance”
If you have found it increasingly difficult to achieve your desired work-life balance in a permanent role, but still love to teach, supply could be the alternative for you.
5. Don’t forget the benefits…
The real bonus is if you’re working with an agency that understands your needs and requirements, placing you in to an environment that is the right fit for you and the school. Of course, hearing about the benefits you could receive are always helpful too…
With Connex, you get a very warm welcome, as well as:
- Your own friendly and dedicated consultant (working on supply can be lonely, but we’re here to support you every step of the way)
- A wide range of assignments all matching what you want
- Flexible work hours
- A huge range of schools and nurseries (many of which only work with us)
- Competitive pay
- A unique choice of monthly or weekly payroll
- CPD training
- Support and guidance
- Healthy work:life balance
- On-the-go app for managing your worklife
Of course, we can’t make this decision for you. But what we can advise is, before you choose your teaching supply agency, make sure you’re choosing the agency that offers you the most.
If you’d like to hear more from us, why not give us a call today on: 0845 266 0650, or pop in to your local branch and say hello?