The choice of council or recruitment agency supply teaching can be an advantage for some or a disadvantage for other teachers. Supply long or short term teaching has a place in today’s schools to cover a teacher that is not in the classroom.
A three way partnership between a school, teacher and the teacher agency.is a short term gap to fill a post due to a teacher’s absence.
A school does not willingly take on the services of a an agency and accept supply teacher’s on a daily, weekly or longer term basis, although there may be more than one reason why a school seeks use of a temporary teacher to fill a classroom teacher gap.
Agency Supply Teaching
How to become a temporary school teacher: Once you are a qualified teacher register with one or more of the many recruitment agencies that offer short tern teaching positions in primary schools. You could also teach for a school or education council direct on supply.
Typical process includes:
Complete an application form
Provide 2 most recent teaching references
Criminal record check
Face to face interview at the agency office
Take with you to the recruitment agency all qualifications, proof of address and identification
You will be asked what age level and subject you wish to teach
Geographical area of school teaching placements
How long are you available
Short term or long term placements
Once accepted with the agency you will receive a call or possibly an email the day before on the morning with a placement at a school. You could find yourself teaching in three different schools in a week.
Other times you could be teaching at the same school all term or even two terms. Don’t be surprised if a school offered you to teach at their school for the rest of the academic year. Happened to me a few time.
When you arrive at a school go to the reception. Someone generally meets you or the receptionist hands you a list of classes for the day.
At the end of the day or week prompt at 15.30 at the end of the last class of the day get your time/attendance sheet signed by the appropriate person.
Replying hello to many students will be a pass time in the local town if you are teaching in more than one school in the area!
Why use teaching agencies
Schools from the state and independent sector use short term contract teacher’s for a range of reasons:
- Maternity leave
- Teacher illness
- Un-filled post
- Teacher away on training
- School trip with a teacher away
- Increase in pupil intake
- Skills input and training
There exists tangible and non tangible cost of supply teaching from a school, pupil and teacher perspective. Agencies receive a premium for placing a teacher and the teacher receives a significant percentage of what the agency receives from the school.
A school can, and do get good temporary teachers that can motivate and teach a class, although at times some teacher staff are not best suited to the role.
Schools that take on supply staff today have a choice of agencies, fees, and a growing number of temporary teachers for the role. Schools sign a contract for supply teachers for a certain time, quality and fee.
Pupils do not always receive good quality teaching and learning with supply teachers.
Agencies for teachers
With a growing number of teaching agencies attracted to high profitable revenue, standards in the recent past have been raised. Of course some agencies are better equipped for the supply environment to support teachers and schools for the benefit of pupils. Best to stick with agencies that are fully registered with industry bodies.