9 Top Advantages of Supply Teaching
1. When Supply Teaching You Can Have Holidays whenever you want!
One of the big advantages of supply teaching is holidays whenever you want. The flexibility of supply teaching is one of the main benefits. Most teachers can only plan their holiday at set, and more costly, times to fit in with the school year. Supply teachers are free from such constraints. Destinations will be less crowded with less children and off peak travel costs available. You can also have days off for personal reasons, birthdays, weddings, home deliveries or works at home. With all this free time you can explore new hobbies and spend more time with your family.
2. Freedom from the teaching profession’s onerous tasks.
The autonomy of supply work means that one of the big advantages of supply teaching is it relieves you from the planning, paperwork, target-setting, assessments, and meetings that are all part and parcel of a teacher’s daily work. Supply teachers can enjoy teaching without having to do the excessive burden of paperwork and administration involved with the profession. You don’t need to spend the weekends planning, assessing, wondering how the children are ever going to make it through the expected two sub-levels over the year. There is no worrying about reports, parents’ evenings, or long agendaless meetings. You start on time, finish on time, and get to teach in between
3. Less Stress and less Scrutiny.
Supply teaching also relieves you from the scrutiny of education faced by many permanent teachers and a now largely target driven industry. It protects you from harassment from leadership, staff and parents. The joy of supply is that if you don’t like the way a school treats you, how it organises its curriculum, or how they do or don’t support their struggling learners, you don’t need to go back
4. There’s never a dull moment in supply teaching.
You get to travel around, connect with many teachers and experience teaching a wide range of students and subjects. You’ll get to spend many a day with the funniest, most creative and interesting people around – and also get to go home on time
5. Allows retired staff to keep their hand in teaching.
Through supply work being able to do as little or as much work as they choose, and when they choose. You may also choose to do supply work to enhance a pension after early retirement. Becoming a supply teacher is a great way to wind down your hours and also enter this new venture with years of experience under your belt which is a highly valued supply teacher trait.
6. Test drive.
Just like taking a new car for a test drive, and before you decide to commit to a major purchase, supply teaching offers up the chance to work in different schools so that you can make a more informed choice before settling into a permanent job. An advantage of supply teaching is that you can also test out any planned relocation. If you’re thinking of moving to a new area, why not ‘try before you buy’ with a stretch of supply work there before you make your decision. You’ll get a good insight into community life, facilities, problems and advantages through your work with children and their families. Other teachers can also give you the essential low down on the area so can be a great source of vital information.
7. Return to teaching.
Maybe you’ve had some time out from the classroom, perhaps after having children and are now thinking of a return to the classroom. Supply teaching will allow give you the opportunity to build up some recent experience and provide you with an awareness of current developments and initiatives in education, It will also allow you to make certain that returning to teaching is the right decision for you. If you are a working mother, Kent Supply Teachers may also be able to help you to negotiate hours that fit around your childcare or the daily school run.
8. Share Good Practice.
Supply teaching is a great opportunity to gain the chance of talking to other teachers, and see how they teach, plan and assess, and open your eyes to other ways of doing things. It’s also likely that at some time you’ll come across less desirable practices that you’ll wish to avoid.
9. Extend your qualifications.
Embarking on a MA could be just the challenge you need, and one of the big advantages of supply teaching is that it is an effective way to support your studies, particularly if your course is education related. You may want to, for example, consider a part-time MA in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Schools are a wonderful source of information and will help you to complete assessment tasks with the insight and experience of other teachers, and through on the job classroom practice.
Despite its image, the supply market seems to be booming. In May of 2016, the BBC estimated that an average of £168 is being spent per child on hiring extra staff, with over £250 per child in London. Clearly, there are lots of sick teachers and increasingly more unfilled posts, and children who need support.
So, there are a huge number of advantages of Supply Teaching. You can make yourself only available on set days maybe those you have child care/pickups sorted for or which don’t feature your favourite yoga class. You have no responsibility once the children leave the classroom and you have finished marking. Your time at home is your own completely. You don’t have to worry about observations or monitoring and you get to enjoy being an anonymous person in schools most if the time!