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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