Supply teaching pros and cons

Posted on August 31, 2016 at 4:13 pm

As a supply teacher there are a number of differences compared to that of a permanent teacher. Supply teacher roles are there to allow schools to take on members of teaching staff on a temporary basis. It may be that the school requires cover for sick leave, maternity leave or for cover when a teacher is going on a course. Sometimes supply work is only for a day or so and other times it can last months.

As a supply teacher you will find that some things are better than teaching in a permanent position but other things are worse. For example, the pay is often better for supply teachers than permanent staff but you may not be guaranteed 5 days a week of work. Yu may not have to take on responsibility for planning and preparing the work for a class, which can take a huge part of the stress away from the job.



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4 Practical Tips In Finding Supply Teacher Jobs

Posted on July 27, 2016 at 4:31 pm

Supply teaching is a great alternative for education professionals who want to teach in a classroom but don’t want to do it in a full-time basis. The good news is that there’s a lot of supply teacher jobs in Poynton. Supply teaching offers a lot of benefits. First of all, you get to concentrate on what really matters because you don’t have to deal with the excessive burden of paperwork and administrative duties. You can just focus on your classroom lessons and making these accessible to your students. Although it’s not a permanent job, supply teaching allows you to gain experience that will prepare you for the full-time educational career that you want to pursue.

Here are some practical tips in looking for supply teaching jobs:
1) Sign up with a supply teaching agency. This is the first thing you should do because most educational institutions approach these agencies whenever they are in need of temporary and substitute teachers. However, you should keep in mind that these agencies have requirements for those who want to join their workforce. These requirements vary from agency to agency. The general rule, however, is that you should have at least a degree related to education and teaching. These agencies also prefer applicants who have teaching experience.
2) Contact the human resources departments of local schools and universities. This can be very time-consuming but it works. All you need to do is call or personally visit these departments and inquire about available teaching positions. If the school has a website, there’s a chance that there’s a contact number or email address provided there. Don’t be afraid to send them a message and ask about possible teaching jobs. The best time to make your rounds is during the few months before the school-year officially starts. This is because it is usually at these months that schools start looking for new teachers.
3) Search online. Many professionals are able to find supply teacher jobs Poynton by making use of online tools and resources like local job boards, job forums, and directories. Most supply teaching agencies these days also run their own websites. It’s advisable that you visit these websites, sign up if you have to, and be active in the community. These agencies usually notify their workforce via email when there are available teaching jobs. These are commonly done through newsletters so you should subscribe to these newsletters as well.
4) Try working with multiple agencies. This is an option you can take as long as the agencies you sign up with allow you. Obviously, this provides you access to more job opportunities. It also enables you to choose which teaching jobs you want to take. You can even pursue two or three teaching jobs at the same time provided that there are no conflicts in the teaching schedules.

Final Thoughts
If you follow these practical tips, it would be a lot easier for you to find supply teacher jobs in Poynton. To recap what have been discussed, you need to sign up with supply teaching agencies, you need to stay in touch with the human resources departments of local schools, you should start your search online, and you should try signing up with several teaching agencies.

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Benefits of an academy school

Posted on February 11, 2016 at 8:48 pm

An academy school is a fairly new term, but we are seeing an increase in these types of schools opening up. The main difference between a community school and an academy is that a community school is financed by a local council where as an academy receives it’s funding from the government.

The main benefit for a school becoming an academy is an improvement in their financial situation. All academy schools will be given a twenty five thousand pounds budget for improvement initially. They will also receive as much as a 10% increase on their budget allowing them to invest more in the areas they need to.

Academies have the right to set their own pay scales, saving money in some areas or increasing the pay for good teachers allowing them to hold on to them. If the academy can source services more cheaply, then they are allowed to buy them in themselves.







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Much needed break when learning

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 9:48 am

It is easy to get carried away when you are involved in learning. This may be at school or university or maybe in a job. This is especially true if you enjoy what you are learning about as you may not mind spending your own time delving in to books and swatting up on the subject matter.

This is a great way to boost your education, but also you must ensure you have regular breaks. Not only should you be taking breaks roughly every 4 hours to allow your mind to switch off for a bit, but it is also good to take a few days or a week away from work completely. This down time will allow you to release any stress and also you often find when returning to learning after a break, you can pick things up better and quicker.

When taking a lunch break, try and move away from your desk as it is very easy to start to get back in to work or get dragged in to a conversation with a colleague not giving you that switch off time.



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Starting a child’s education

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 9:12 pm

A child’s education starts at home. They start learning from a very young age and progress as their brain develops. I recently started helping my 3 year old to start to do some basic sums using a number of methods that I had found on the internet. It was very surprising to see how quickly see picked it up and within only a few weeks was doing simply addition sums in her head.

From speaking to a number of teachers, they have confirmed that if a child has a good understanding of colours, shapes, counting and letters when they start school and then they seem to quickly advance to the next stage.

Education at home does not have to be something to worry about, even simple counting games such as counting up the stairs or counting out raisins can all help aid a child’s learning and give them a great start at school.

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Deciding your GCSE subjects

Posted on August 31, 2015 at 10:26 pm

When you start secondary school, very quickly you will find that you are asked to choose the subjects that you want to take for your GCSE’s. There are some mandatory subjects such as Maths, English and Science (plus others depending on where you go to school) and then you have the option to choose additional subjects.

When I chose mine, we were only allowed to pick two subjects out of each box meaning that my first choice was not possible. It can be very hard for someone that is only 14 to make decisions that could potentially affect what they do in the future.

When choosing your subjects, do not get too held up on it as you can always do another course later on in life if you decide you want to do a different career.

A career advisor will be able to talk you through your options should you need any advice.


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Jobs available in education

Posted on May 30, 2015 at 8:43 am

If you are passionate about education and you’d like to pursue a career around it there are a few different paths that you could look into as possible career options.

The first and arguable most obvious choice would be to become a teacher, either at primary school level or in higher education. You could take up more of a support function such as a TA (teaching assistant) as this requires less qualifications but that is reflected in the pay scale that you would get.

If you are keen on one particular subject then you could become a college lecturer, in this role real world experience of the subject that you are teaching will help you no end as you can explain to your students how the things that you are teaching them will translate in the working world.

If you are looking for a higher paid role that is more involved with overseeing of education establishment and systems then you may be better suited as a school inspector, however most of these roles will require you to have had some teaching experience.

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Substitute Teaching in and around Skegness

Posted on May 24, 2015 at 8:24 am

So what exactly is a Supply Teacher?

A supply teacher is a teacher that takes place of the main teacher for a class; they are also commonly referred to as a substitute teacher in the United States. When the main teacher is sick or has to be absent from work for other reasons, whether the time is for a short period or for a long period, a supply teacher will be used in their place until they come back. You may end up having the same supply teacher each and every day while your main teacher is out or you can have a few different ones based on the schedules of the supply teacher’s’.

Being a supply teacher is very easy to do; you need to love working with kids, you need to enjoy spreading knowledge and maybe even learn new things while doing so. The credentials and requirements for becoming a supply teacher versus a normal teacher do vary; they are a lot stricter when it comes to the main teacher because they will be there everyday year after year doing the same subject whereas a supply teacher comes and goes from classroom to classroom helping out wherever they are needed. In one day a supply teacher can possibly cover history, art, music, science and more and not just history or just art all day long. (more…)

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Children’s mental health – the key to a good education

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 10:20 am

The mental health and wellbeing of children of a school age has been the subject of a recent study in the effects that modern society has on a child’s mental health.

The study looked at effects such as prolonged computer use, limited face to face social interaction and the effects of the stresses that children of a school age are put through.

Out of all of the variables that they looked at the one that most effected the mental wellbeing of the child, and therefore their education was pressure applied to them whilst at school. The study picked up on the way that children feel pressured to revise and study outside of school hours and the build up of nerves and stresses as the exam period approaches.

75% of the children surveyed said that they had problems sleeping and eating due to stress during the exam period and a shocking 58% of children expressed feelings of anxiousness or depression due to the fear of failure. This study really needs to be an eye opener as to the stresses that young people go through with the current exam process and discussions need to be had about what we can do to improve the mental wellbeing of our children who surely should not be so stressed out at such a young age.

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The Advantages of Supply Teaching in Sutton Coldfield

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 10:02 am

Supply Teaching in Sutton Coldfield can save a lot of time and effort for both the schools and the teacher applicants. As a matter of fact, for both schools and teachers, getting in touch with a supply teacher agency does have its advantages. For schools, rather than having to search through hundreds of teacher applicants in the area yourself, an agency will do this difficult task for you. It can really make life much easier to register with a specialist teacher supplier. Whether a school needs a teacher for a short time, such as a couple of days per week or for a longer period of time, a good agency for teachers in this location can get the position filled. There are several reasons to register for a supply teaching agency, both for schools and for teachers. (more…)

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