Monthly Archives: June 2021

Is supply teaching a good career move?

Posted on June 25, 2021 at 3:01 pm

Short-term contracts and casual work. What does it do to your motivation and emotional health? Is it worth it?

Teachers who want to leave the profession sometimes tell me that they would like to try supply teaching, but they fear doing so will put them off even more. They wonder if the experience of working as a casual, wondering where their next contract is coming from, having to declare themselves as self-employed (and therefore pay twice as much tax) and constantly chasing regular paycheques will make them feel worse about paid employment in general – or at least paid school work?

Well, that’s actually a very negative way to look at it because it’s not often the case. It all depends on how supply teaching Bedford is set up and managed on a day to day basis. In the UK, we’re blessed to have plenty of agencies able to ensure there is a regular supply of work.

What are the benefits of supply teaching?

In a nutshell, supply teaching gives you the opportunity to work part-time in temporary roles with full support and supervision from an agency. Because of this, you can focus on one school until a regular post comes up although agencies never leave teachers without a job for long.

You also get to enjoy a better work-life balance. Supply teaching is very flexible too, so you can work whenever you like. You are technically your own boss! Therefore, you have no set hours, so there is more freedom to plan your own time. What’s more, it gives you the opportunity to really focus on your classroom practice as well as working with different colleagues and senior teachers every day.

Similarly, supply teaching can be very rewarding as you get to see the effect of your work immediately and know that you have had a positive impact. You also get to really engage with children and watch them learn – it’s a great feeling! Although supply can be hard to break into, it is well worth the initial effort as the benefits are huge. Once you establish yourself as a reliable supply teacher, schools will become loyal to you and offer solid contracts. Your agency may even prefer you over regular members of staff because there is no risk of sickness or holiday cover! Overall, if you want more freedom from your profession then supply teaching could be for you!

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Why Can’t I Find A Job?

Posted on June 8, 2021 at 2:54 pm

A question that we always hear, why can’t I find a job? Now, there are many reasons why you may be struggling to find a job, and we want to help you to realise what you may be doing wrong.

Looking In The Wrong Place
Depending on what type of job you are looking for, you may be looking in the completely wrong place for this job. Most people will look on Indeed to find a job, but not every employer will post on this platform. Some companies will only advertise on their own property if they are looking for local people. Others may focus more on LinkedIn or social media job advertising. So make sure you look around to discover where your potentials jobs are being shared.

High Expectations
It is possible that your expectations are set slightly too high. You need to consider what company you want to work for, what experience you have, and what pay you’d like. You need to be open to accepting less pay and a lower level of work if your desired company are looking for work. Do not have your standard set too high or you may not find a job in your expectations.

Outdated CV
Another reason why you may not be receiving job offers is if your CV is out of date. By this we mean, you have not updated it with your current information. You have not updated your home address, email address, phone number, etc. It is also a good idea to update your personal statement on your CV to showcase your latest experience and how they’ll help potential employers.

These are just a few of the many reasons why you may not be finding a job. It can be something so simple as you are looking in the wrong place. Or maybe you forgot to update your details so have been checking the wrong emails the entire time.

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