The career of a supply teacher can be made or broken by the right or wrong supply teaching agency. It’s important for you to find the right agency, work with them and stick with them. Here are our top tips for picking the right supply teaching agency.
Asking The Important Questions
It’s important that if you’re going to start working with a supply teaching agency, you ask the right questions to get the information you need. A great way to gauge an agency is to ask them questions about the work they do, how many schools do they work with in their local area? How many teachers do they have on their books and how many are placed daily? What kind of pay rates can they offer in comparison to other agencies? These are the kinds of questions you’ll want to ask to get a good handle on the agency.
Reliability Is Key
Being a supply teacher can be difficult enough when you go without pay on a day off sick or if you take leave; however, if you’ve put the hours in then you should be paid promptly. You should question how you’ll be paid, when you’ll be paid and also ask things about their time sheet policies and things like that.
For many supply teachers, flexibility is a major benefit of the job. A good supply teaching agency will regularly be in contact with you to update your working flexibility. This allows you to tailor your working life to meet your needs and the needs of your family.
Progressing & Developing Your Career
Developing your own skills and progressing with your career is of vital importance for obvious reasons. You might decide to look for a supply teaching agency local to you that provides free training or courses (some free Alison courses might appeal to you).
Alternatively you might be more inclined to look for an agency that can provide you with full feedback of your teaching performance, the right kind of feedback can help improve you in your position.
Helpful and Experienced Consultants
A lot of the recruitment consultants you’ll find in supply teaching agencies have either worked as a teacher or have a lot of experience of working with teachers. Make sure that the agency you choose has the right consultants that will meet your needs.
Check Their Credentials
Another thing you might choose to look for is accreditations and quality marks from the education authorities in your Country, e.g. Department for Education. Another thing to look for might be a membership to a trade or professional body/organisation.
This article was provided to us by Chris Pollard from Now Education, a supply teaching agency based in Birmingham, West Midlands.