Joining a Supply Teaching Agency
Supply teachers all over the country are finding themselves enjoying this field of work throughout their careers. Compared to securing a permanent teaching role within a school, many people are looking for ways of how to become a supply teacher.
Perhaps the benefits of supply teaching are what makes it attractive to many people, such as the sense of autonomy, flexibility and variety that a supply teacher gets. There is so much information and advice out there, on routes into the profession.
One of the most popular routes is to sign up to supply teaching agencies.
Although joining one isn’t a requirement, many aspiring teachers couldn’t imagine finding a role without the help of an agency. If you’re new to the position, perhaps starting as a teaching assistant, you may find that an education recruitment agency that specialises in finding flexible work in a variety of different schools, is what you need.
The trick to making a teaching recruitment agency work for you, is to consider all your options and choose the right one based on your goals, aspirations and career prospects. The staff here at Always Flourishing have been in your shoes many times before. So to make it easier, we’ve written a small guide that will help you find the perfect agency, as you begin your search for supply teaching jobs.
What to Look for in Supply Teaching Agencies
An excellent place to start is to check for local teaching agencies, and check out what their current candidates and clients are saying about them. Whether you’re looking for a fresh start or a new career, it helps to find a local teaching recruitment agency that can help you find work across many local schools. If you’re based in the Thames Valley and the surrounding area, consider Always Flourishing.
2. The schools they work with
As an aspiring or experienced supply teacher, or cover supervisor, you’re the best person to decide the types of schools you feel you would work best in. Before signing up with an education agency, check they work with the schools you’re looking for, as it can make the recruitment process more straightforward.
Always Flourishing have built excellent relationships with numerous partner schools looking to recruit teachers. We receive multiple requests from our partner schools, requesting supply teaching assistants and teachers to cover short and long-term absences.
3. Sectors and services they provide
While you may be looking to fill supply teaching vacancies, it is worth paying attention to the sectors that your agency covers. Supply teaching can be a great route into full-time teaching (if that’s what you want), which can be a tremendous option if you find a teaching position in a school that you love. But failing that, you have a variety of sectors to gain valuable experience in, and find out what works best for you.
Always Flourishing help schools recruit teachers for:
- Primary school jobs
- Independent prep school jobs
- Secondary school jobs
- Nursery jobs
- SEND school jobs
4. Experience and training
The best teaching agencies will be staffed by recruitment consultants who are former teachers themselves. Consultants who have experience as teachers can offer valuable supply teaching advice and insight, which helps when discussing placements. It also enables you to develop a relationship with your consultant, which is similarly important.
Safeguarding and vetting are critical areas for schools, but they are also essential for education recruitment agencies too. Their safeguarding measures can give you a good indication of how reputable your agency is.
You can read more about Always Flourishing’s stringent vetting standards and safeguarding here.
6. Professional career development
Working with a supply education agency can help with personal and professional development as you get further into your teaching career. Great agencies provide you with guided support and training, help you find work, and push you to achieve your personal and professional goals.
Ready to Apply for Supply Teaching Jobs?
Need more advice? Here are some other reference articles which you may find useful:
- What to ask teaching recruitment agencies
- Why use a supply teaching agency?
- Becoming a supply teacher
- Teaching remotely during COVID-19