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Whatkatiedid389 Sat 24-Oct-20 20:55:39

I'm thinking of applying to some supply agencies. I think i'd financially be better off, I earn 1200 net per month as a Cover Supervisor, but have seen that supply can pay at least £100 per day for qualified teachers.
Does anybody have any experience and could give me a general example of what they earn ?

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superram Sat 24-Oct-20 21:05:54

Non-la pension, no sick pay, no holiday pay, No guarantee of work, different work place everyday so little support.

lanthanum Sun 25-Oct-20 18:25:47

Is that £100 net or gross? That makes quite a difference.

If that £1200 is year round you're getting £14400 net? So you'd need 144 days a year at £100 net to make that much, out of 190 school days. How much supply is available varies from area to area, but many supply teachers get little work in September.

So, no guarantee you'd get enough work, no pension contributions, no sick pay, probably more transport costs, and a rather more stressful job. It works well for some, but it doesn't sound like it would leave you better off unless there's a shortage of supply teachers in your specialism and location.

sashh Mon 26-Oct-20 12:39:16

I did supply for a few years, ill health has stopped me continuing, I loved it.

A lot depends on the subjects you can teach, I did mostly health and social care and as the anatomy and physiology unit is a must for students wanting to go into nursing not that many people can teach it.

Upsides, yes you can easily get £100 a day with the right agency (sign up with as many as you can). Taking tine off if you want to go on holiday for a week.

Downsides, daily cover can be a nightmare, you don't know the kids, you might not know the subject and the work left (if any) is often boring.

For me music was a nightmare, I know nothing about it, you are in a room full of instruments and the work left would be, 'design a poster for a band'.

You can't claim expenses any more, this doesn't matter much if you are in a city and can stay in that city but a couple of years ago I was offered a long term supply 200+ miles away so I did a weekly commute and stayed in a hotel M-Thursday.

Most agencies want you to be paid by an umbrella company, this has advantages and disadvantages, mainly you have to pay things like the apprentice tariff.

You do not get holiday pay, usually the UC will hold back a percentage that you can be paid over holidays.

Schools may only beek you for a half day, this can be 8-1pm when a full day would be 8-3.30 with a lunch break.

You don't normally get work in September, it picks up in October and then drops off about April / May because students are taking exams so teachers in the school can cover.

You build up a reputation with an agency over time and they will try to match you to a suitable assignment.

Because I took the job 200+ miles away the same agency offered me a job that was a year on one of the channel Islands, flights / ferry home included each holiday, pay £150 a day and accommodation included.

sashh Mon 26-Oct-20 12:41:01

Sorry I missed the second half of the second paragraph, I meant to say I got a lot of work teaching that unit.

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