Want a better work life balance? Choose supply teaching

Posted on March 16, 2021 at 1:54 pm

Working as a supply teacher has always been considered to be an option if a full-time teaching job cannot be found or if there are family commitments that prevent a teacher working contracted hours but there has been an increase in the number of teachers in primary and secondary schools that are choosing to be a supply teacher as they realise the benefits of having a better work life balance.

If you decide that working as a supply teacher is for you then you will need to decide whether you seek work through one of the teaching agencies or whether you are going to source supply teaching work independently. Most local authorities will only accept supply teachers who are signed up to a recognised agency, but sometimes smaller schools can be more flexible in their approach. Agency work may result in slightly less pay but you may be guaranteed regular work if you want it.

The main advantage of supply teaching is that you are in control of the days that you are available for work so for instance it enables you to take holidays to suit you and your family perhaps at cheaper times of the year, avoiding the price hikes during school holiday times.

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Qualified as a teacher but don’t want to be in a classroom

Posted on December 12, 2020 at 8:18 am

It usually takes three years to train to be a teacher if you embark on this career after completing A levels. During this time students learn how to teach curriculum subjects but also how to motivate children to learn by understanding their development and reasoning. Some teachers realise once they are qualified that they are more interested in this aspect of childcare than being in front of a class teaching so what are their options for employment?

Teachers are employed in many fields such as in a hospital classroom, special needs units and even in prisons. There are however other roles for qualified teachers such as in the psychology sector of the local social services department. This role involves assessing children’s mindset and attitude towards learning and suggesting possible ways forward if there are difficulties. There will be opportunities to work with other professionals in the field sharing ideas and resources.

Some teachers decide to undertake further training to enable them to teacher children with specific needs such as children with hearing impairments. Many find that the rewards of teaching in this way are immense and so their job satisfaction is much higher than if they were employed in a school as a class teacher.

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The advantages of working as a supply teacher

Posted on May 11, 2020 at 11:43 am

Some class teachers choose to work as a supply teacher because they are between jobs or because it is easier to fit work around their family life. The advantages to more flexible working hours that come with supply teaching are many especially if you have young children of your own at school as you will be free to attend your own children’s school events. Choosing your own working days also enables you to fit work around other family commitments such as caring for an elderly parent.

Many schools employ supply teachers to cover absence of teaching staff that is planned for instance if the class teacher is on a course or is attending meetings. In this case you may know in advance the age of the children you will be teaching, and the curriculum subjects you will be expected to teach. This is more favourable than having an early morning call to cover a class due to teacher illness. If you are not available to cover emergency calls this can be made clear when you visit schools to promote yourself or sign up to an agency.

Although most well organised teachers will leave planning and resources in their absence, it is always good to be well prepared and to have a range of age appropriate resources to hand that you can call on if required.

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A level and GCSE results out soon, time to start looking for work

Posted on June 6, 2019 at 9:47 pm

With many A level and GCSE students completing their exams over the next few weeks, you can expect that the number of people applying for jobs over the next few months is set to rise. Some students will have already decided that once they have completed their exams they want to go in to employment rather than carry on with their education. Rules now state that a child must stay in full time education, start an apprenticeship or traineeship or spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training.

Many of these students will start applying for jobs as soon as they finish school or they may already be working, but for the students who were hoping on going to university or college, their results may mean they have to rethink what they are doing.

If a student does not get the relevant exam results that they need to get on to their chosen course, then they may have to look at going straight in to employment as an option or retaking their exams.

Finding a job can be hard at the best of times, but for someone with little or no experience it can be a huge challenge.

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Doing an Open University Course

Posted on January 9, 2019 at 2:32 pm

If you are thinking about going back into education as a mature student you may think about doing an Open University course. The Open University offer a wide range of courses which can be done in sections and split over a number of years for those who cannot commit to it full time. Once you have completed one course you can then go on to complete another course towards you degree.
Funding study can be expensive and often puts many people off, but you may be eligible for a student loan which will cover your tuition fees. These loans often do not need to be paid back for a number of years after you have completed the course and usually not until you are earning above a certain amount. It is often based on a percentage, so the more you earn the quicker you will pay the loan off.
Completing an Open University course or a course at college or university can help improve your job prospects and allow you to apply for positions that you may not previously have had the qualifications for. It can help you get in to a job that you enjoy and also earn more money in the long run.

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Why is maths such an important skill to have when it comes to finding a job?

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 1:19 pm

If you are currently looking for a job vacancy, then you will probably have noticed that many employers ask for a min maths qualification such as a GCSE level C or above. Many colleges and sixth forms also request this as a minimum entry requirement and there is a good reason why.

Maths is used in everyday life more than you may even realise. Simply working out the time you need to set off to arrive to your destination on time or adding up the cost of items in your trolley to check you have enough money to buy them all involve a certain degree of maths and calculation.

At school you will often be taught a wide range of Maths skills, some of which you may not use again, but many of which you will use day in day out.

If you have always struggled with maths, then you may want to try and improve your skills to further yourself and improve your job prospects. If you failed your Maths GCSE then you can return to a college at any time to restudy for it and you may find it easier when you are older than you did as a young person.

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Can you retrain for a career at any age?

Posted on August 24, 2017 at 11:44 pm

Training for a new job can be done at any time during your life but as you get older and have more commitments you may find that you simply cannot afford to have the time off work or that you have children to look after etc, making it more difficult. Many people who are already working full time feel that they cannot train for another job without leaving their current position. For many people, this is simply not possible as they still need to have a decent income to meet their current financial commitments.

If this is the case, then all is not lost. You can still look to study in the evenings or find a job that will allow you to train whilst earning such as an apprenticeship. Although you may be on a quite a low wage, during this time you may be able to have help off the government in terms of tax credits etc to top up your income. If you feel that you need to gain more experience before applying for a new job, then you could try doing some volunteer work in that industry first.


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Returning to education or carrying on with education after school

Posted on July 28, 2017 at 11:26 am

The government have recently introduced a law to say that all students must stay on in education following GCSE’s unless they have a job lined up to go in to or an apprenticeship or spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training. This is until they reach the age of 18.

This law was introduced to cut down on the number of young people who become unemployed at the age of 16. Some people decide tot to stay on after you GCSE’s and do A-levels or decide that a college setting is more suited to them and chose to enrol in one of those. For some people, they have simply had enough of school and the education system and would rather work. The government website has a place where you can search for current apprenticeships being offered in your area. You can usually type in your postcode and search within a radius of your address. You can then click through to apply for the position or find out more information.

Finding work is not easy, and returning to education after leaving can be hard especially if you are relying on an income, so it is worth spending some time really thinking about what it is you want to do before making any decisions.

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Why is it important to get a varied education?

Posted on February 12, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Some people have a good idea of what they want to do in later life from a young age. Often this will change over time but for some, they have their heart set on one particular job.

Regardless of if you think you know what you want to do career wise or not, it is vital to get a varied education and broaden your horizons.

For example, someone may know that they want to get in to acting and therefore concentrate on drama and possibly English but nothing else. If you later change your mind then you may have limited yourself by not gaining qualifications in other areas.

If you do a degree at university, you may have the chance to add an additional year on to the end of your degree to gain a teaching qualification. This will again give you options to fall back on should you want a change in career path. You may find that you actually enjoy teaching more than you think and want to continue to do that as a job rather than what you actually did your main degree in.



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Tips To Help You Land A Teaching Job

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 4:12 pm

Finding education jobs can be challenging, more so since seasoned teachers with long standing success or tenure are typically re-called to teach each school every year. This means that available teaching vacancies can be limited, & the competition for these vacancies are fierce.

Huge part of the teaching job hunt process is knowing where to search for these positions.

The below tips are designed to get rid of some of the stresses out of your job hunt by, by offering you some guidelines on the stages you can follow to ultimately find education job.

Make HR Rounds

Pay a visit to the recruitment department or Human Resource of local school systems & universities to ask about available vacant positions. In case there aren’t no current vacancies, inquire if you can leave behind your resume to stay on the file should future openings match your speciality. Have it in mind that most schools do the bulk recruiting a couple of months before new school year begins. (more…)

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