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The Staff Room is the region's only specialist Primary supply teaching agency, covering Northamptonshire and South Leicestershire.

PGCE Employability Fair

Happy New Year and welcome back to the academic year!

We hope that you’ve all had a relaxing couple of weeks and have returned to work feeling refreshed and revitalised! If you haven’t, why not speak with our friendly recruitment consultants about how you can achieve the perfect work life balance by working for us here at The Staff Room!

The Staff Room has started the new term by working alongside the University of Northampton at their PGCE Employability Fair where we have been speaking with the next generation of teachers due to graduate in July.

Not many Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) realise that you can work as a supply teacher and with many keen to find their first permanent post, is it the best decision for everyone?

After graduating as an NQT you will most likely be looking for a permanent or long-term post giving you the opportunity to commence your induction programme.

The induction period for an NQT with QTS lasts for the equivalent of 3 school terms and must be successfully completed to teach in a maintained or non-maintained special school in England.

We welcome NQTs - but there are certain rules that you need to be aware of when working as a supply teacher.

Long-term Supply Teaching Posts (more than one term)
A supply teaching contract can only count towards the induction period if it is clear from the outset that the contract will last for the required minimum period of one term. The Headteacher/Principal must also comply with all the applicable requirements for hosting induction.

Short-term Supply Teaching Posts (less than one term)
Short-term supply placements of less than one term, or equivalent, cannot count towards induction, as such a post will not provide an NQT with the breadth of experience, support and assessment necessary to enable the NQT to demonstrate that they have met the core standards. If a short-term supply contract is extended beyond one term the induction programme cannot be backdated but should be put in place as soon as practicable, once it is agreed that the contract will last for a further term or more.

NQTs working as supply teachers
If you are placed in a school on a long-term position you can ask your consultant to approach the school to request working as part, or all your induction year. From September 2012 you can now work through an agency for 5 years.  If after these 5 years you have still not started your induction year you will no longer be able to continue working for an agency. You can complete your induction year at a maximum of 3 different schools (1 school for each term) or all in one school.

Some frequently asked questions for NQTs

Can NQTs make a significant contribution to the supply market?
Yes! Schools will always value quality supply teachers because they provide the continuity for their children when their normal teacher is absent. Generally, NQTs in the supply world are valued, supported and appreciated by schools. Working as a supply teacher will provide you with valuable teaching experience in different teaching environments.

I’m worried that supply is a lonely profession for NQTs?
You won't feel on your own.  You will really enjoy meeting lots of different teachers and learning off each other. Remember, you may be offered a long-term role, but even on day to day supply you will have a portfolio of schools which will request you back, so you'll get to know staff.

Isn’t supply the last resort for NQTs who can't find a job?
Not really.  Many schools recruiting for a permanent role prefer to trial an NQT on supply before offering them a contract. Supply means greater flexibility - you can benefit from being in the classroom without the responsibility of meetings, paperwork, preparing for tests and Ofsted etc.  You will also learn different teaching styles, planning methods, various displays and record keeping, but above all supply gives you the opportunity to see outstanding teachers in action.

Where will I be teaching?
The more flexible you are, the more work you will get, but no-one wants to teach in a school if they can't cope or do the best job possible. On top of that, while you wait for the agency to find you the ideal role, they can keep you busy with day-to-day supply teaching, again choosing the schools you want to teach in. Many newly qualified teachers are offered a permanent job from the school they worked in as a supply teacher.

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