Becoming a supply teacher certainly has its perks. Personal commitments, lifestyles and willingness to experience different teaching situations are just some of the many advantages of supply teaching. Having said that, for many people on the hunt for permanent teaching jobs, they prefer the prospect of having full-time employment.
Both permanent and supply teaching jobs have their own advantages and disadvantages. Still, we're going to give you some reasons as to why applying for a permanent teaching job can pay dividends. Everybody is different, and as far as Always Flourishing are concerned, we are an education recruitment agency, that is committed to recruiting the right candidates for the right schools and vice versa. Whether you are looking for teaching assistant jobs or leadership positions, or anything in between, we can help you.
Firstly, let's look at what precisely separates supply and permanent.
Supply Teaching vs Permanent Teaching
Many schools who are looking to recruit teachers, often rely on supply teachers or supply teaching assistants to step in flexibly, when a permanent member of staff is absent. For many newly qualified teachers (NQTs), they are happy that they can rely on supply teaching agencies to secure them work as and when it is convenient for them. For others, supply work is seen as a stepping stone into securing a full-time teaching position.
While it's not uncommon to make the transition between flexible to full-time, it often comes as a surprise to many that the teaching responsibilities are not too dissimilar, whether you are working as a permanent teacher or a supply one. The commitment that's expected of both supply and permanent teachers involves everything from day-to-day lesson planning that meet learning objectives, to assessing and marking work completed by students.
The main difference between permanent and supply teachers is the amount of time they have in contact with their pupils.
Supply teachers have the challenge of continuously adapting their teaching methods to meet different requirements in schools, different class sizes, age groups and student expectations as well. While this is not necessarily a drawback to supply teaching, it goes without saying that a week teaching in a private school is going to be drastically different than securing some time working in a nursery.
The idea of having a focused subject, school surrounding, location and familiar faces is more preferable to some. That's where permanent teaching positions differ.
Why Make the Transition to Permanent Teaching?
We have explored, at length, whether working as a supply teacher is beneficial. We understand that many people prefer the flexibility and sense of autonomy without being obligated to one particular school or class. The freedom of choosing when you work, allowing you time for your other commitments is ideal for some. There are many different reasons why supply teaching works for so many people, which you can read more about here.
Becoming a full-time teacher poses an alternative that many experienced supply teachers can relate to. Work is often regular, but not always guaranteed. Supply staff can sometimes go weeks without any work, which undoubtedly has a knock-on effect.
Supply positions are inconsistent in their nature, meaning that teachers frequently find themselves commuting longer distances than usual. Continually adapting to unfamiliar surroundings and new faces regularly can be stressful, often meaning that teachers lose sight of their primary reason to get into the field in the first place. That reason is to help students learn, grow and progress.
The more people you meet across your places of work, the higher your chances of making a phenomenal impression with your commitment, dedication and passion. This is why supply teaching roles often lead to permanent ones, offering NQTs the opportunity to gain valuable experience and earn money before stepping into a full-time position.
Permanent teachers are also entitled to other luxuries that supply workers are not legally eligible for.
Advantages of Permanent Teaching Jobs
- Holiday and sick pay – it goes without saying that the holidays are a huge benefit to teaching full-time. Being entitled to a full pay packet during the holidays, as well as receiving SSP (Statutory Sick Pay) and SMP (Statutory Maternity Pay) are all things which supply teachers, unfortunately, do not receive.
- Job security – working as a permanent teacher will, as the name suggests, give you a permanent contract of employment. You won't be at risk of having the contract ended with immediate effect, nor will you have to worry about inconsistent income.
- Pension scheme – permanent roles will also come with Teachers Pension enrolment, which is an attractive benefit in itself, compared to other pension schemes.
- Training and development – working in a permanent teaching role might open the door to other opportunities where you can further your training and career development. Supporting your progress is something that many schools and recruiters embrace, as part of your long-term plans.
Looking for a Teaching Job?
If you are currently employed as a supply teacher, that already puts you in a good position for securing a permanent teaching vacancy. However, if you're not sure which one is right for you, or whether you need help getting into teaching, then reach out to Always Flourishing. We help recruit aspiring candidates for both permanent and supply work, across schools in and around the Thames Valley and surrounding areas.
We go above and beyond for any candidates who register with us, and offer guided assistance throughout your job hunt. Please give us a call today to see how we can help.