Primary supply teaching offers qualified teachers a flexible working arrangement with greater variety than a permanent school placement.
It can be a great option for those wanting to dip their toe into teaching after qualifying, for anyone wanting to work more flexibly around their family or for teachers looking to wind down into retirement.
Being a supply teacher means less responsibility when it comes to lesson planning, a greater variety of classrooms and the chance to plan your own work schedule.
But, as with any career move, there are a few things you need to consider before jumping in the deep end.
For anyone thinking about becoming a supply teacher, it can be hard knowing where to start, which is why we’ve put together our top seven tips for getting into primary supply teaching.
Primary supply teacher qualifications
If you’ve found yourself reading this article the chances are you’ve already got the necessary qualifications to be a supply teacher.
You’ll need to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), so if you’ve already gained your qualification then you’re good to go in terms of primary supply teaching.
If you’re in the middle of your studies you may be wondering if supply teaching is a good option for you.
Many newly-qualified teachers use supply teaching as a way of dipping their toe into the water before taking on a permanent placement with a school, while others choose to return to supply teaching after completing their statutory induction, working on supply for the remainder of their career’
Whatever your position, so long as you have QTS, then primary supply teaching is an option available to you.