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We often get asked about supply teaching, so here are our FAQ’s

What is supply teaching?

A supply teacher works on a temporary basis, covering the role of a permanent teacher.

Why do supply teaching?

Supply teaching offers a great deal of flexibility and it also gives you the opportunity to experience different school environments in your area, there are several types of supply including day to day and longer term contracts (one term plus) it can also open the door to a permanent role as many of our teachers have experienced. With supply work you can do as much or as little as you like to fit in around your own circumstances, if you have had a break from teaching this is a great way to ease you back into the classroom.

How to get supply teaching work?

Simply click the link below and register your details and one of our friendly consultants will come back to you.

How does supply teaching work?

It first starts with an initial phone call to establish what you are looking for and to get to know your dedicated consultant that will look after you throughout the whole process. Once this has taken place you will be invited to an interview to go through things in more detail, the interview itself will give you the ability to tell us what days you would like to work and also the geographical areas that you are willing to travel to. It will also give us the chance to explain things to you like daily rates and holiday pay.

Following the interview and in receipt of the relevant identification documents we then proceed with our compliance checks, these include DBS checks and references to name a few. Once everything is in place you will be ready to start your Three R’s journey.

What is supply teaching like?

Being a supply teacher offers a real variety of new and exciting opportunities, no one day is the same. Here at Three R’s we operate a 24 hour on call service and a lot of our bookings come in first thing in the morning for cover on the same day, a lot of our teachers like this as going into different schools really helps them gain new skills and experiences.

If you are working in a longer term assignment you are able to really feel a part of the school that you are working in and really make an impact on the students future, we get calls from our supply teachers that get super excited when GCSE results come in as it reflects all of their efforts.

Working as a supply teacher you also start to build a list of your favourite schools that you like to go to, this could then lead to regular bookings with these schools.

How much supply teaching work is there?

There is a real need for supply teachers and they are vital to most schools to keep the school operating in periods of absence, certain times of the year are busier than others and although we are not able to guarantee work most of our teachers get regular work each week.

What is a Cover Supervisor/ TA?

Should you choose to work as a Cover Supervisor you would be responsible for looking after a whole class of children while the regular teacher is absent, you would mainly assist where lesson plans have been left and you would not participate in active learning. A higher emphasis is placed on behaviour management in this role. (Not teaching)

What is a Teaching Assistant?

Teaching Assistants provide support to teachers and to help children with their educational and social development, in a Secondary school Teaching Assistants can also be called Learning Support Assistants. Some of the duties can include things such as preparing the classroom for lessons, listening to children read, helping with outings and sports days.

Can I do supply teaching without NQT?

Supply teaching is different: you are only allowed to do casual short-term supply for five years after being awarded QTS – after that, you have to do your NQT year if you want to carry on teaching in a state school

How much does supply teaching pay?

Your rate of pay will be agreed with you at interview stage, this will be the amount for daily supply and you may find that you will be offered more in long term roles or your specialist subject.

What do our current teachers say about working for Three R’s as a supply teacher?

I have been working for 3R’s since September last year and the Secondary team has consistently found placements for me both short and long term.  Communication is excellent, and I particularly appreciate the supportive phone calls – there is very much an ethos of belonging to a team and any concerns or issues can be resolved quickly in a friendly but professional manner.  Feedback is important in a supply teaching context and this consistent two-way process provides stability and confidence for a supply teacher.  I cannot recommend 3R’s highly enough for their professional, supportive and caring attitude.”

(Music Teacher currently in a long term placement with us)


If you have any other questions, then please do get in touch and speak to one of our qualified recruiters today. 0345 130 3338.

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