Supply Teachers Articles 

Every day thousands of supply teachers around the country help to keep schools running smoothly, maintaining learning outcomes for pupils — often in the face of multiple challenges. We explore how to make sure this vital job is properly supported and rewarded.

Agency Supply Teacher Pay: Deciphering the Deductions

2019-06-14T09:49:44+00:00Supply Teacher Agencies, Supply Teacher Pay, Supply Teachers, Teaching and Education Jobs|

Our recent exposé on agency fees charged to schools generated much heated debate from schools, agencies and teachers. Now it's the teachers' turn. Here we’ll shine a light on the other side of the coin -- agency supply teacher pay, and the often indecipherable fees, deductions and accruals that appear each week on the payslips of agency [...]

Supply Teacher Agencies and Finder’s Fees – A Textbook Case

2019-07-17T14:05:37+00:00Education Recruitment, Schools, Supply Teacher Agencies, Supply Teacher Pay, Supply Teachers, Teachers, Teaching and Education Jobs|

How a London Primary school now saves thousands on agency fees The Background Primary School in Inner London, 420 pupils Since October 2018, the school has engaged a KS2 teacher, Claire*, via a traditional supply agency. Claire was speculatively marketed to the school via an email. Coincidentally the school had a sudden need [...]

You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone – Retaining teachers as a solution to the Recruitment Crisis

2019-05-16T15:40:20+00:00Education Recruitment, Local Authority Supply Pools, School Jobs, Schools, Senior Leadership, Supply Teachers, Teachers, Teaching and Education Jobs|

With both pupil numbers and demand for teachers set to rise in the near future, it will become increasingly important for school leaders not just to recruit, but to retain good staff. New models for better retention are required. The number of teachers joining the profession has roughly counterbalanced the number leaving it in recent [...]

Behaviour Expert Tom Bennett’s Top Tips for Supply Teachers

2019-05-16T15:40:21+00:00Behaviour Management, Cover Supervisor, NQTs, School Jobs, Supply Teachers, Teaching and Education Jobs|

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably sick to death of people outside the profession telling teachers how to teach. If everyone’s an expert, then the craft is debased into non-existence. That’s why it's always exciting when someone who know education from the top and bottom offers their guidance. Teacher Booker were honoured to be [...]

Teacher Toolkit, We Stand With You.

2019-05-14T16:13:00+00:00Education Recruitment, Local Authority Supply Pools, School Jobs, Schools, Supply Teacher Agencies, Supply Teachers|

Over the weekend I was delighted to spy this brave blog post on Teacher Toolkit, the UK’s most followed education blog. Titled ‘Why Supply Agencies are the new ‘Del Boys’’, it is as forthright as it is faithful to the facts in summarising the current state of play in how agencies and schools interact. Numerous issues in this dynamic [...]

Tom Bennett’s 6 Tips for How SLT Can Support Supply Staff

2019-05-14T16:13:00+00:00Behaviour Management, School Jobs, Schools, Senior Leadership, Supply Teachers|

A great spectre haunts teaching - the spectre of challenging behaviour. It's a terribly powerful force, leaving many terrified of their own classrooms and spooking many out of the profession entirely. Yet many insist the problem is trivial and that proper lesson planning and arbitrary CPD can ward against it. Some disagree and believe [...]

EdTech – Probing beyond the Portmanteau

2019-05-14T16:13:59+00:00Education Recruitment, School Jobs, Schools, Supply Teacher Agencies, Supply Teachers|

  Technology is a divisive subject among teachers. Some are ardent acolytes, fully persuaded of its ability to change the educational landscape, introducing students to new experiences and dissolving the orthodox approach to schooling that remains dominant in Anglo-American schools. Others are deeply sceptical, sensing a fad in full flow – tech will never [...]

A Guide for Teachers: Getting Your Ducks in a Row

2019-07-17T14:06:15+00:00Cover Supervisors, Safeguarding, School Jobs, Supply Teacher Pay, Supply Teachers, Teachers, Teaching, Teaching Assistants|

Rightly, background and compliance checks for teachers are very stringent. The process can seem complex and confusing and often there is a lack of comprehensive guidance. So we put together this guide to explain what’s required and why, and how you can help the process.     Interview What happens We’ll go through your experience [...]

How can we change the status quo together?

2019-05-14T16:13:59+00:00Education Recruitment, School Jobs, Schools, Supply Teacher Agencies, Supply Teachers|

The education recruitment crisis has been on everyone’s mind for some time. Blame for it is loudly thrown around in all directions with the unions and the government blaming agencies, schools blaming the government and agencies, and agencies and the government blaming schools. All this noise is unhelpful if we’re really looking for solutions. Pressure on school funding is applied from the top down. The [...]

5 reasons why education recruitment is broken and how to fix it

2019-07-17T14:06:15+00:00Education Recruitment, School Jobs, Schools, Supply Teacher Pay, Supply Teachers|

What keeps a professional relationship healthy? Much the same as a personal one, as it turns out. But in a crisis, desperation can cause us to forget our values in favour of ‘sticking plaster’ solutions. For maximum benefit for pupils, relationships between schools and teachers ought to embody certain core characteristics. They should be: 1. [...]