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Supply Teaching Is Not a “Consolation Prize”

Author: Rachael Bayliss

Published date: 2018/06

Supply Teaching Is Not A “Consolation Prize”

Are you an Early Career Teacher? You may have fears and concerns about whether supply teaching is suitable for you. Don't worry, you're not alone as many ECTs feel the same. But why not put your mind at rest and take a few moments to read a few facts and perks of working through an education recruitment agency such as Aspire People.

What Are the Benefits of Having a Recruitment Agency Find a Teaching Job for You?

Once you have finished university there are 3 options you can take as an ECT. Firstly, get a permanent job in a school. Secondly, gain a temporary full-time position with a school and last but not least supply teaching through a recruitment agency. Not many people know this but you can achieve all three of these routes through Aspire People, utilising all of our knowledge on local schools, contacts with headteachers, and support on sprucing up your CV and interview techniques. 

What Do Some ECTs Worry about When Working Through a Recruitment Agency?

  • Not enough work

  • Supply teaching is seen as a failure because you haven’t got a permanent job

  • Not getting an induction year done

  • Not getting enough support or training

  • No career progression

  • Looking bad for your C.V

  • Working far away from home spending a lot of money on traveling costs

All ECTs have these concerns but supply teaching has now become a well regarded and respected part of the industry. Recruitment agencies have adapted and evolved, those that specialise in working with ECTs have created a service that abolishes most fears that ECTs have after graduating:

  • Not Enough Work

By registering with an agency you can get day-to-day work whilst you are waiting for interviews in a full-time or permanent position. If you find a reputable and busy recruitment agency and build a strong relationship with your consultant you will have more than enough work. You have more chance of finding work with a recruitment agency as they have relationships with schools and knowledge of where the work most suitable work for you is.

  • Supply Teaching Seen as Failure Because You Haven’t Got a Permanent Job

Supply teaching is definitely not a failure; it allows you to choose when and where you want to work and how long you want to work there for. Registering as a supply teacher with Aspire People is an easy and free process; we will also aim to give you our expertise and contacts, which will hopefully give you a foot in the door to start your career.

  • Not Getting an Induction Year Done

You can complete your induction year whilst working through a supply teaching agency on a temporary contract. This means you can either do one full year in a school or spread your induction year over three terms in three different schools. This could benefit you because you will have three different experiences which shows prospective employers that you can work in different types of learning environments. An agency can find you a school that you want to do your induction year in rather than accepting the first school that offers you a job. Or you may choose the option of doing your induction year through three different schools over three terms.

  • Not Getting Enough Support or Training

If you can find a supply teaching agency such as Aspire People that offers training you can ensure you keep your skills and knowledge refreshed. If you are working for a school on a long-term temporary contract you will also get invited to their training. Don’t forget when working through a recruitment agency you will get your own consultant to support and guide you on your path into the teaching world.

  • No Career Progression

There is career progression in the teaching profession as a whole, working through a recruitment agency doesn’t limit your possibilities but increases them. Aspire People have several people that came to the company with no experience at all, but we helped them get on to a teacher training programme; get their induction year placement, and then a permanent job with us. Some of these people are now heads of departments in schools through the help of Aspire People.

  • Supply Teaching Looking Bad on Your C.V

Supply teaching will only add to your C.V by giving you lots of experience in a vast array of schools. Supply teaching specifically is a great way to network with different schools and this leads to permanent opportunities.

  • Working Far Away from Home Spending a Lot of Money on Traveling Costs

If you find an agency where you have a local consultant then you will not have to go far for work. Consultants will have knowledge of the local area and the best schools to place you into. If you were travelling a lot to schools then you can claim travel expenses.

On top of all this supply teaching in particular helps ECTs in many ways:

  • Allows an ECT to Concentrate on What Matters, the Teaching

As an Early Career Teacher being a supply teacher enables you to actually enjoy teaching without having to do the excessive burden of paperwork and administration involved with the profession. Agencies like Aspire People will make sure that your workload and responsibilities are reduced so you get more flexible hours and you can concentrate on what matters, planning and preparing lessons effectively and teaching the pupils with as much passion as possible.

  • Gives Early Career Teachers a Breather

Switching to supply teaching can also be a great way to avoid burnout and allow you to decide if teaching is still the career for you. If you later decide to return to a permanent contract you’ll have teaching experience from a wide range of schools, this is attractive to prospective schools and colleges, and Aspire People can provide references to any future employer. It also provides ECTs with a work-life balance and part-time flexible hours allowing you to pick when you want to work.

  • Provides Teaching Continuity

All schools get staff shortages and the numbers of pupils that need teaching are rising, meaning there will always be a requirement for supply teachers. Whether you are looking for day-to-day, supply teaching, or want a longer-term contract before taking on permanent work Aspire People will find the best option for you. Aspire People offering you the best option is great as it allows you to choose exactly where you want to work and how many days you want to be working a week.

  • Helps You to Balance Home and Work-Life

At Aspire People we make sure that a home and work-life balance is maintained. For an ECT to enjoy teaching but still have the flexibility to balance home life or other commitments like completing a masters supply is ideal. Many teachers mix between doing permanent roles and supply to fit in with their other objectives in life without having gaps in your CV. It is no longer a profession for teachers that “can’t find a job”. This gives you a lot of time out of school where you can do things to help you progress your career as an Early Career Teacher.

What Can Aspire People Offer as a Recruitment Agency?

1.   Pay ECTs to scale

2. Choice of work and types of schools

3. Face-to-face induction

4. Child protection induction

5. Social and fundraising events

6.Supply Teaching Resources

7. Work–life Balance

8. Your own dedicated recruitment consultant

9. Fast application process

10.   Fast-track DBSs

11.    Expert advice on how to write a CV

12.   Support with interview techniques

13.   Regular updates on education news

We can offer a lot of support to Early Career Teachers to ensure they get the best start to their career as possible. If you’re an ECT looking to register with Aspire People or discuss anything with a consultant local to you then contact us today.

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