20 Ideas for Making Money in the Summer Holidays

We’ve added 20 ideas for making money over the break until school starts again in the September.  One of the big downsides of supply work is when the schools close down for the summer holidays and you are left with 6 weeks of no work and no income.  These suggestions should keep you going until September.

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  1. Nursery or Community Care work – Google local community care centres in your area
  2. Sell Usbourne books – Usbourne books are children’s books and offer support for you to resell their books through your own bookshop.There are thousands of Independent Usborne Organisers across the UK. They have a starter pack that you can sign up for to allow you to sell books at home, at toddler groups, pre-schools, schools, libraries, clubs, fêtes and fairs and online. They offer both free or discounted books. Usborne Publishing is respected as one of the top children’s publishers in the world. They give you the opportunity to share high quality children’s books and help you to develop a personalised bookselling service, passing on your knowledge, passion and advice on Usborne books.
  1. Sell your teaching resources online can be a quick way of making money. No doubt that working as a supply teacher you have produced lots and lots of resources in the past. Why not earn money by selling these online? Sign up to both the tes and Teachers pay teachers.
  2. Become a Prison educator or adult educator. There are 124 prisons in the UK with 10-50 educators in each and roles needed include teaching assistants – offer learning support to offenders who have basic education skills functioning at primary school level. Many offenders have very poor educational. Search for vacancies with your local council.
  3. During exam season, the exam boards will often advertise vacancies for examiners to mark examination papers. Check the exam board websites for AQA, Edexcel and OCR.
  4. This can ne done in person or online both making tuition possible both locally and internationally. Try tutorhunt or First Tutors.
  5. Avon, Younique or Neal’s Yard consultant. Many beauty products often have a reseller or pyramid sales schemes where you can make money by selling their products. You can build up a big client base.
  6. Write an eBook on a subject or hobby you have.  Anyone can write and sell ebooks online. When you have created your ebook, format your ebook, proofread it, add a Cover that Sells, add your ebook to a website e.g. Amazon, promote your ebook, keep track of your sales. There’s never been a better time to self-publish and sell ebooks
  7. Create an online course, there are many all-in-one platform that makes it easy to create online courses, launch marketing campaigns, build landing pages, and design the perfect website. You can get started free for some too. Try Kajabi.
  8. Teach a Skill. If you have a hobby or something you are good at e.g. cooking, carpentry or knitting.
  9. Sell products on Amazon. Dropshipping allows online retailers to sell products that are manufactured and shipped by a manufacturer. Instead of investing your money buying bulk inventory, like you would if you were wholesaling UK goods, you only pay for goods sold.  Oberlo is a popular site and offers support for budget-conscious, new e-commerce entrepreneurs.
  10. Arbritage betting is sports betting where you simultaneously place bets on all possible outcomes of an event at odds that guarantee profit, whatever the result of the event will be. These bets are also known as surebets, miraclebets, surewins or just arbs. There is software that you can use to help you identify good bets.
  11. Sell products on Amazon. You can buy or ship in products from China e.g. Alibaba and sell on Amazon.
  12. Starting a podcast isn’t difficult and there are many sites that will help you with topic ideas, podcast format, equipment selection, audio editing and submission to iTunes.  Try the podcast host.
  13. Social Media Manager. Many businesses are now making use of social media to promote their services or products but quite often don’t have the time or technical skills to manage their accounts.
  14. Facebook Ads Manager. Similar to number 15, advertising effectively on facebook can requires time and technical skills but can be learnt. If you’re experienced with facebook you can pick it up quickly. There are also many online tutorials to help you develop your skills.
  15. Information Product Reseller.  1,000’s of Private Label Rights (PLR) and Master Resale Rights (MRR) ebooks, Articles, Software and Videos, can be purchased and reselled to your customers.  First of all you buy the product, then you rebrand and resell it and make your own money. There are many sites that have these resell products for example www.plrproducts.com.
  16. Ad-hoc customer service live chat agent. This can also include moderating forums, chatting with customers, and managing communities. You can work from any private location with secure high-speed internet access. You select projects based on your own passions and schedule. Try Modsquad.com.
  17. Mystery Shopper.  Mystery shopping is a tool used by companies or regulatory institutions to measure the quality of service, compliance with regulation, or to audit the products and services available. As a mystery shopper you might be required to contact a call centre, access a website or make an enquiry on a social media page, visit a shop, purchase a product or have an advisor visit them at home. You will then be required to report back on your experience, providing video, audio or photographic evidence.
  18. Affiliate Marketer. Affiliate marketing is the process by which an affiliate earns a commission for marketing another person’s or company’s products. The affiliate simply searches for a product they enjoy, then promotes that product and earns a piece of the profit from each sale they make. There are lots of sites where you can sign up.

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Have a go at a few of these and see what works for you.. hopefully these ideas should keep you going over the Summer until the next academic year starts.  Our live vacancies will then be available on this site – Vacancies.

Exam Tips

Exam Tips- Preparing for an Exam

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  • Complete high practice revision

Exam Tips should start with revision.  Avoid just coping out notes you’ve already made in your lessons, or even making pretty flashcards and mind maps. Resources like this can be purchased on Amazon.

You need to complete high practice work so that your brain is actively engaged in the revision. Using memory techniques, making up songs and poems and mnemonics can by more effective than just reading.  Mostly get hold of as many past paper questions as possible and keep looking for the questions you can’t do and learn from them. Do whole past papers under timed conditions as you improve and practice writing quickly and accurately!

  •  Have a revision plan.

Write a good revision plan, and ensure you are regimented in following it.  Plan the subjects and topics you are going to cover each day – aim for three different ones.

  •  Use the support of others

Ask your teachers for support with any parts of the revision you are struggling. Members of your family can be useful in testing you on your the material as a change to revising on your own. You can also find a tutor; some of these are available online.

  •  If you just can’t understand something, rote learn it.

Sometimes, no matter what you do, you just don’t understand it. Learn it off by heart and just write the information down word for word.

  •  Look at Marking Schemes

Note down the key points from marking schemes of questions that recur frequently. Learn them!

Exam Tips – The day before

  • Get a Good night’s sleep

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Do not stay up late revising. Make sure you finish revision early the night before the examination and get some rest. If you go in to the exam too tired you will not be able to work effectively and solve any problems.

  • Eat healthily

Eat a balanced healthy meal with protein and carbohydrates as if you were preparing yourself for physical exercise such as a race. Keep well hydrated and eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Try a meal based on chicken, rice and fresh vegetables or salad.

Avoid unhealthy foods such as fried food, sweets, chocolate or energy drinks.  These will make you feel sluggish and lethargic.

  • Get the important facts into short-term memory.

Ensure you’ve complied an important facts sheet and look over this the day before and cram it into your short-term memory.  If not read the keypoints summary in a text book.

Read through the worked solutions for the last three years papers.

  • Get some exercise

Before the exam, get some exercise. Go to the gym, for a run or for a walk and get some fresh air into your lungs. Exercise is not only for your body but your brain too.

Exam Tips – The Exam Itself

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  • Read the Question

Reading the whole of every question and highlight or make notes of any key information that is in the text or hidden in diagrams is also important. Many questions lead you through a problem.

  • Time it right

Work out how many minutes you have for each mark and plan ea`ch question to stick to this time scale.  If it’s a 105 minute exam, and it’s marked out of 100, then on average you’ve got just under a minute for each mark.  If you spend too long on one question try and speed up on the next.

  • Do the questions you find easy first

Try and do these quickly and get the marks secure in the topic areas you can do. This will mean you’ve definitely completed questions you should get correct if time becomes tight and will give you a good confidence boost.

  • Questions you can’t do

If you get to a question that has you stuck, move on. But do make sure you come back at the end of the paper and write something in the gap. Never leave a blank!

  • Drink water slowly.

Take a bottle of water in and sip this slowly thoughouyt the exam.

  • Check it makes sense with mathematical questions.

When you have your final answer, double check it is not too big or too small and makes sense.

  • Write out explanations of each step in mathematical questions.

If you explain what you are doing in each step you can still get marks for these parts even if the final answer is wrong.

Don’t just write numbers in various places all over the page. This will make it very difficult for the examiner to give you any marks.

  • If you’re running out of time.

Do the first half of each question in bulletin points with juss the key ideas and words.

  • Never leave an exam early.

Hardly anyone, ever gets 100% on a paper so there is always something you can do to improve it.

  • Check through everything and add more detail.
  • Check calculations and that you pressed the right buttons and copied down the number correctly.
  • Check any units.
  • Check spellings.
  • Check you’ve not missed any useful information in the text, images or diagrams.

Subject Resources

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Good luck from Kent Supply Teachers!

Guide to getting a job marking exams from home

Becoming an examiner for an examination board is a useful source of extra income. In addition to this, it improves your own teaching practice, giving you extra knowledge and understanding to share with your pupils and colleagues.

By improving your understanding and application of the assessment requirements of a particular examination board, you can improve your own assessment practice and teaching objectives. Teachers who have marked examinations in their subject areas speak highly of the the extra insight they get into the exact skills required to do well in the various papers and how it has an extremely positive impact on the way they teach.

To become an examiner, you need to have current or recent experience in the subject you will be marking. You also need to have a teaching qualification or QTS and a high-level of subject expertise in the your specialist field.

The best way to secure a job as an examiner is to apply directly to the examination board. Many posts will already have been filled, but there are some subject areas for which markers are still required.

Here is a list of the main examination boards to contact:

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Key Stage 2 Tests


Technical Qualifications



Tutor Time Quiz 1-5 October 2018

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1. Who thinks they can do a better job of Brexit than Theresa May?
2. What name has been given to the beluga whale swimming in the Thames?
3. Which manager and football player were caught arguing on TV?
4. How tall was the tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi?
5. What is Theresa May planning for 2022?
6. What did a kayaker get slapped in the face with last week?
7. How many days did 18 year-old Aldi Adilang survive for on a drifting fishing hut in the Pacific Ocean?
8. What was Bristol University cleaner, Herman Gordon, given as a gift from students?
9. What has Kanye West changed his stage name to?
10. What surprising reason was given for a London train being delayed last week?

This week’s debate. Should Theresa May stick to the Chequers deal?

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1. This deal, a plan for how the UK will leave the EU, was decided by May and her cabinet. Therefore, May has a duty to stick to it.

2. Free trade in the EU (no taxes on goods entering or leaving the UK) would benefit the UK and the EU.

3.When the majority of British people voted to leave the EU, they expected more control over immigration, so May must stick to additional checks at UK borders.


1. We must work with our EU counterparts to come up with a deal that suits everyone even if this means changing some of the Chequers deal.

2. If there is no deal, the Bank of England has said that this could lead to job losses and businesses worry that it would make trade with other countries difficult.

3. The deal was put together by the Cabinet and not agreed in Parliament.


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Should we stay or should we go? The snowy trek to work.

The recent inclement weather has meant sledging heaven for children but decision-making hell for adults.

Headteachers are faced with the catch-22 situation of opening to meet the needs of teaching requirements and working parents or closing to ensure everyone’s saftey and avoid accidents.

As someone involved with schools, you have, most likely, had to face your own difficult decisions this week, Do I risk a treacherous journey, so that I don’t let my colleagues down, or should I be sensible and avoid travelling? That is a question which has, undoubtedly, been on the minds of many this week and I am sure we all agree that the drip-drip of the thaw outside is a welcome sound!

The BBC have published an interesting article which gives some insight into the impact of snow closures on schools:


Why supply teaching could be the right path for you.

Whether you are completely new to the teaching profession or have perhaps been teaching for several, or even, many years now, the flexibility offered by supply teaching is something worth considering.

Your life situation may mean that the hours of work which are normally required of a classroom teacher are simply not practical. For example, if you have young children at school, you may be looking for work which allows you to drop them off and pick them up. Supply teaching could be a way of balancing your teaching career with your family.