How do I become a supply teacher?

I graduated from university with a PGCE last year, and have got a full time job as a science teacher in a secondary school, based in the West Midlands, England. Can you tell me how I become a supply teacher & whether or not it has better job prospects than an ordinary secondary school teacher. What about salary? Would a supply teacher get paid more than a permanently based secondary school teacher?

Asked By: Manjinder C - 10/17/2008
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I taught full time for 30 years, took early retirement and became a supply teacher. I had plenty of work, but now, with the advent of TA's and particularly HLTA's supply work has dried up. I know that schools are using them cos they are cheaper. If you want to be a supply teacher, there are agencies, or once out of... More
Answered By: skcave - 10/17/2008
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Right, you don't want to be a supply teacher at all. Remember what used to happen to them when you had them as a child, terrifying right, don't turn to the dark side.
Answered By: Hunty - 10/17/2008
you can register to your LEA on a supply list. You could also send your CV local schools. Supply teachers get paid more than normal teachers because you don't get paid for school holidays. Pay is between £90 and £130 a day depending on experience.
Answered By: Sarah - 10/18/2008
In terms of career prospects, you'd be better off staying in a full-time post, unless you hate the school you are in. You'll almost certainly be better off too, as supply teachers don't work every day, and they are paid pro rata what they would receive if they had a full-time job with paid holidays... More
Answered By: iiitttsssaaadoozy - 10/18/2008
A supply teacher gets more per day than a secondary school teacher and this is usually based on experience...but you do not get paid during the holls, or when you are ill or on days you do not work. So for things like mortgages etc you will be classed as self eemployedand this could be difficult. Also think about... More
Answered By: SpikeyJo - 10/18/2008
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