Teaching Hours

How many teaching hours can you save with supply work?

How many hours do you spend as a teacher outside of taught lessons each year?

How many days are spent on additional activities including onerous tasks, meetings, training and pupil assessment and intervention?

This calculator was based on the DfE Teacher Workload Survey 2016 published in 2017 (J Higton et al.) and lists the additional activities shown in this report.


One of the huge benefits of supply teaching is the large numbers of hours that can be saved because of the additional onerous tasks outside of the classroom that you are no longer required to complete.


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The autonomy of supply work relieves you from the much of 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 cope with 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 meet their targets.  There is no worrying about reports, parents’ evenings, or long agenda-less meetings.   You start on time, finish on time, and get to teach the subject you love in between.

Activities that you may no longer need to spend time on include:

  • Individual planning or preparation of lessons
  • Meetings and dialogue with colleagues
  • Marking/correcting of pupils' work
  • Pupil counselling (including career guidance and verbal counselling)
  • Pupil supervision and tuition (including lunch supervision)
  • Pupil discipline including detentions
  • Participation in school management
  • General administrative work (e.g. paperwork, work emails and other clerical duties )
  • Communication and co-operation with parents or guardians
  • Engaging in extracurricular activities (e.g. sports clubs after school)
  • Non-regular teaching cover for absent colleagues
  • Appraising, monitoring, coaching, mentoring and training other teaching staff
  • Contact with people or organisations outside of school other than parents
  • Organising resources, setting up displays, setting up/tidying classrooms
  • Timetabled tutor time
  • Staff meetings
  • School policy development and financial planning
  • Recording, inputting, monitoring and analysing data
  • Planning, administering and reporting on pupil assessments


What could you do with all that additional time?

More time for holidays and days out.

More time for yourself, your friends and your family.

Contact Kent Supply Teachers to discuss vacancies available in Medway and Maidstone, Kent now.