NQT Pool

NQT Supply Teaching

NQT Supply Teaching

Are you a final year teaching student and the thought of becoming a qualified teacher and finding work is worrying you?

Don’t worry your not alone! Getting in to teaching is hard work, but then nothing worth doing in life is easy.

How can a recruitment agency help a newly qualified teacher?

Once you have finished university there are 3 options you can take as an NQT. Firstly, get a permanent job in a school. Secondly, gain a temporary full time position with a school and last but not least supply teaching. Not many people know this but you can achieve all three of these routes through a recruitment agency, utilising their knowledge on local schools, contacts with head teachers and support on sprucing up your CV and interview techniques.

I’m thinking about doing supply teaching but is it a consolation prize?

All NQTs have concerns but supply teaching has now become a well regarded and respected part of the industry. Recruitment agencies have adapted and evolved, those that specialise in working with NQTs have created a service that abolishes most fears that NQTs have after graduating:

  • “What if I don’t get enough work”

By registering with an agency you can get day-to-day work whilst you are waiting for interviews on a full time or permanent position. If you find a reputable and busy recruitment agency and build a strong relationship with your consultant you will have more than enough work. You have more chance of finding work with a recruitment agency as they have relationships in schools and know where the work is.

  • “Supply teaching is seen as failure because I haven’t got a permanent job”

Supply teaching is definitely not a failure – it allows you to choose when and where you want to work and how long you want to work there for. It doesn’t cost you anything to join a recruitment agency and their expertise and contacts will give a foot in the door – invaluable in this economic climate.

  • “I’m worried I will not get my induction year done”

You can complete your induction year whilst working through a supply teaching agency on a temporary contact.   You can either do one full year in a school or spread your induction year over three terms in three different schools.This could benefit you because you will have 3 different experiences which shows prospective employers that you can work in different types of learning environments. An agency can find you a school that you want to do your induction year in rather than accepting the first school that offers you a job.  or if you wanted to you can have an option of doing your induction year at 3 different schools for 3 different terms.

  • “What if I don’t getenough support or training?”

If you can find a supply teaching agency that offers training you can ensure you keep your skills and knowledge refreshed. If you are working for a school on a long-term temporary contract you will also get invited to their training. Don’t forget when working through a recruitment agency you will get your own consultant to support and guide you on your path into the teaching world. Find out more about Aspire People’s teacher training

  • “Surely there is no career progression?”

There is career progression in the teaching profession as a whole, working through a recruitment agency doesn’t limit your possibilities but increases them. Aspire People have a number of people that came to the company with no experience at all, we helped them get on to a teacher training programme, get their induction year placement and then a permanent job. These people are now heads of departments in schools.

  • “Won’t supply teaching look bad for my C.V?”

Supply teaching will only add to your C.V by giving you lots of experience in a vast array of schools. Supply teaching specifically is a great way to network with different schools and this leads to permanent opportunities.

  • “I don’t want to work far away from home and spend a lot of money on traveling costs”

If you find an agency where you have a local consultant then you will not have to go far for work. Make sure that their knowledge of the local area is strong. If you are travelling about then you can claim travel expenses.

What if I choose to work with Aspire People, what sort of benefits will I get?

When you join Aspire People you will be working for a busy recruitment agency that really cares about customer service and the training and development of candidates.  You can read about some of our recommendations from candidates this year or read some case studies about how people have got in to teaching or found permanent work.

At Aspire People every education professional becomes an important member of the Aspire People team. Not only will you get your own education consultant but you will be made to feel welcome on day one.  Your consultant will then create a career plan unique to your ambitions, whether you want to take your next promotional step or retire.  There are induction opportunities for NQTs and some of our schools take on cover supervisors for teacher training placements.  On top of all this you will get:

·         Choice of work and types of schools

·         Paid to scale after 12 weeks

·         Face-to-face induction

·         Teacher Training & Cover Supervisor Training

·         Social and fundraising events

·         Supply Teaching Resources

·         Work – life Balance

·         Teaching Tip of the Week

·         Your own dedicated recruitment adviser

·         Fast application process

·         Fast-track CRBs

·         Expert advice on how to write a CV

·         Support with interview techniques

·         Regular updates on education news

·         Facebook group

·         Twitter page

The benefits of working with Aspire People are simple. Not only will we help to develop your career but support you through the process. You will get the respect that hard-working staff deserve.