NQT thinking about doing supply work?

Unfortunately, in today's climate (mini-rant: Government efforts to increase the supply of teachers to improve choice / quality, coupled with falling birth rate) many NQTs are finding themselves without that first, longed-for contract.

Supply teaching - invaluable experience for an NQT?

If you're unsure about becoming a supply teacher, you'll probably want to read the whole of this website!

Simple arguments for and against being a supply teacher are:
(Please note, these are quick notes, they are explored in further detail throughout this site and the supply teacher support forum)

  • Potentially introduces you to all the schools in your area. You discover the schools you'd love to work in. You also uncover the schools that you'd rather not visit again.
  • Potentially exposes you to all the schools in your area! You will no doubt leave an impression on the staff, make sure it's the right impression.
  • Income. Nuff said!
  • Experience. You've had a somewhat chaperoned experience of teaching so far, on your placements. Now the fun starts!

Are you an NQT considering supply teaching? Tough decision or no-brainer?

2 thoughts on “NQT thinking about doing supply work?

  1. I can't tell you how much this website has helped calm me down! I'm an NQT who's just signed up with an agency, and I had a minor (well, more like major) panic this morning that I had nothing prepared and no idea what I was getting myself into. Thanks to this site, I've been able to get myself more prepared and I feel more confident about supply work now! Thank you!

    • Hi Heather,
      Thanks for getting in touch, and I'm so pleased you found the website useful.
      I wish you all the best during the adventures that lay out ahead of you this term…  Some scary, some exciting, all invaluable: it's going to be a steep learning curve, but upwards all the way!
      Best wishes,
      Sharon

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