I am as excited as ever to herald the start of the 3rd annual National Supply Teacher Week!
June 15th - 19th gives us all a chance to celebrate education's fourth emergency service. It also provides a focus for the rest of the supply teaching community, a time to look at how we are supporting our supply teachers. Take a look at the Aims of the Week. Why not schedule one Aim per month into your staff meetings, and see where you stand in helping to achieve the aim, and how you can help us all move forward with it?
Pledges in support of #NSTW2015 will begin to appear here shortly. During the Week, these pledges will turn into records of actions each organisation has made.
For details on how to pledge and an image file of the supporters logo, please email me.
At Capita, we understand that supply teaching means something different to every educator. To some it’s a long-term career path, providing a great mix of flexibility and stability; to others it’s a rewarding temporary transition between other roles.
One thing is for sure: without supply teachers stepping into the breach and providing an invaluable service to schools, every single day, tens of thousands of children’s education would be adversely effected.
Each week, Capita matches thousands of supply teachers to suitable assignments, making sure that the person we send is the correct fit for the school so that each child continues to get the best education. It’s not just a job to us. We are proud of what we do. And the happiness of our supply teachers is of paramount importance to us.
We continuously strive to improve our service to our supply teachers by ensuring they feel valued as well as supported and respected. That includes a range of CPD (including courses on safeguarding and Ofsted expectations), free Capita open days organised by our local teams and bottomless coffee cup drop-in sessions, where all our candidates can pop in for a chat and address any questions they may have.
To Capita, supply teachers are the often-unsung heroes of education, and that is why we are so pleased to be associated with National Supply Teacher Week 2015.
Strategic Operations Director
Staff from both of our branches are contacting all of our clients to ask them to nominate their top 3 supply teachers from the 2014/215 academic year. The teachers with the most votes from each office will be presented with a bottle of champagne during National Supply Teacher Week.
On Friday 19th June, we will be choosing one lucky school to receive lunch time treats for their permanent and supply staff to enjoy!
School House Recruitment is a local and independent agency with offices in Teesside and Sheffield.
The West Country Educational Agency has been providing supply teachers in Wiltshire and the surrounding area’s for more than 15 years. Owned by an ex-primary school teacher with a staff all experienced in education we are still growing and, in response to demand from our schools, have expanded to supply teaching assistants this year as well.
At West Country we endeavour to ensure our teachers are acknowledged and know that they are appreciated every week, however, it is a pleasure to be supporting National Supply Teacher Week this year - something that strives to get them wider recognition.
We are proud to offer our teachers CPD and were thrilled when more than 70 of our teachers attended our training course on the New National Curriculum, enabling them to get to know each other and share experiences and ideas.
We are pleased to provide every supply teacher working for us with a handbook, giving them advice and an awareness of the opportunities and pitfalls that can face a new supply teacher.
We firmly believe that our success as an agency comes from an understanding of our teachers and our schools. We make sure we know our teachers and what they want from supply teaching, we can then ensure we place them in the best teaching environment for them. We also work to build strong relationships with our schools. Understanding their ethos and requirements means that we provide them with seamless supply, aiming to ensure that their school runs as smoothly with our supply teachers in place as they do with their own staff.
As we are recommended to the majority of our new teachers by other teachers or by schools that either use us or know our reputation we must be doing something right!
We will be hi-lighting Supply Teacher Week to all of our schools and teachers - looking to recognise particular success in the coming week.
Whilst we are always on call - our office is open daily from 9.00am until 6.00pm for any teachers who want to pop in or ring for a chat.
Late last year in November 2014, the BBC reported, “latest figures on teacher trainee recruitment predict a 7% shortfall for next September - the third in a row and supply teacher agencies are now turning to Canada & Australia in search of trained teachers”. The figures clearly depict the significant dearth of trained teachers in the country and an opportune moment for us to draw attention to the value that ‘supply teachers’ bring to the schools.
Filling in for absent staff is primarily what a supply teacher is expected to do, while ensuring that the class lessons provide the consistency for the benefit of the students and school. The amount spent on supply teachers has “gone up by more than £50m “, reported by Guardian, May, 2015, due to the gaps in school’s current staff teams having increased significantly. In literal terms, the supply teachers are filling in for the inadequacies of the existing staff members and yet fall behind in their recognition when its time.
During the fantastic initiative of ‘National Supply Teacher’s Week’, we, at Total Assist Education wish to congratulate all the supply teachers for their endless efforts in this noble cause of imparting knowledge. Once said, “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instil a love for learning”. Our supply teachers invest themselves physically / emotionally in creating a bond with a new set of school children every day. It is commendable on their part, when compared to other staff who enjoy a few months of probation to settle into their new place of work and test the waters before they choose to dive into it.
In order to provide the much due recognition to our teachers and counter the media stories of teaching standards slipping, we have introduced the following initiatives to support our Supply Teachers :
· Offering CPD training to our teachers to hone their skills further
· Posting a link to this fantastic week on our email signatures and website to raise awareness
· NQT webinars and open days
· Supply Teacher of the Term Award. Our schools will be asked towards the end of each term for nominations. The winning teacher will feature on our website and social media and be presented with their award at the school.
With 95% of the schools coming back to Total Assist Education with repeat requests for supply teachers, as an organisation we ensure that we provide an added value to our teacher’s which goes beyond informing them about their place of work. With over 5 years of experience as an education staff provider, Total Assist Education has dedicated field based officers , part of the compliance team who can also provide Basic Life Support and Manual Handling Training. We are ISO 9001 compliant and audited regularly by a qualified external organisation – Neuven – who awarded us a Platinum audit score, the highest award possible.
Total Assist Education is always here to plug the gaps and engage at a personal level with our supply teachers to ensure we provide adequate solutions to any of their concerns. We welcome more teachers to connect with us to know and look forward to hearing from you.
Yorkshire Education have been providing supply teachers to schools across Yorkshire for the past two academic years. Based centrally in York, we are ideally located to provide to schools all over Yorkshire, building on our strong partnerships in the York area. We delighted to be supporting National Supply Teacher Week for the first time this year and demonstrating our commitment to this fantastic cause by continuing our support of our amazing supply teachers:
Thanks to the teachers:
Every term we hold a “Teacher of the Term” competition. We get feedback from all our partner schools and vote for the most committed, reliable and conscientious teacher that term. The prize is a pamper day for two at a luxury spa with treatments included. To support NSTW and thank our amazing workforce we will be holding a one of “Teacher of the Week” competition for more spa vouchers!
We will be announcing the title and date of an extra CPD course to be held during the summer holidays. This will be in association with the National Science Learning and STEM centre, our fantastic training partners. This is completely free of charge for all our supply teachers!
Yorkshire Education have been working very closely with local PGCE providers all year and will be focusing on finding all our NQTs their perfect position. We will also be offering application and interview workshops with our education specialists who hold 70 years’ teaching and senior management experience along with interviewing for Hull York Medical School applicants.
And finally the best time of the year for us! The end of year social. We held a Christmas drinks evening in York in December for all our Supply Teachers which went down incredibly well. Next week we will be announcing the date and location for our end of year party!
Academic Appointments are very happy and proud to be taking part in ‘National Supply Teacher Week’ event again this year.
We pride ourselves on our professional and personalised service that sets us apart from our competitors. We are a local independent agency based in Leeds but operating across the entire Yorkshire region. Our vastly experienced team is made up of fully qualified teachers from both the primary and secondary sectors, including an ex-head teacher and consultants with a great many years experience. We believe this sets us apart and ensures that the service we offer is exceptional, friendly and supportive at all times in all ways.
Over the recent weeks we have been asking our schools to take part in this event by nominating supply teachers and/or support staff who they feel are going the extra mile and rightly deserve recognition via an ‘Award for Excellence in Supply’.
All our supply staff is of great value to us and we appreciate their commitment and dedication. In return we offer current, relevant CPD opportunities which is why our schools ask for our candidates back time and time again and judging by the number of nominations we have received so far this year, it is clear that our schools also value our exceptional candidates.
We are all looking forward to June 19th when the lucky winner of this year’s competition will be announced.
He/She will receive the high street vouchers in recognition of their professionalism, hard work and an enthusiastic approach.
We are very impressed with the vast amount of nominations we’ve already received. Seems like its going to be extremely difficult to pick just one winner but we make sure he/she well deserves the title.
How the Wonderful world of Supply Teaching works - In a nutshell!
Smart Education Recruitment are a specialist consultancy based in Birmingham, providing work for Supply Teachers across the West Midlands. Francesca and Fiona have over 10 years’ experience between them in providing supply teachers with work and have set up Smart Education Recruitment to offer an honest, friendly and understanding service.
Working as a supply teacher is a fantastic way to gain experience across a range of settings and also to find a permanent job. Here at Smart Education Recruitment we offer support and guidance to ensure that Supply Teachers are well respected and supported when working for us. We keep in regular contact with all our Teachers and really get to know them and the values that are most important to them. Supply Teachers are extremely important to Education Establishments, you offer experience, flexibility and professionalism and we understand that and make sure that we support you every step of the way. A normal day involves arriving at school promptly, asking for the contact we have given you, a brief rundown of the school policies and then you are off to class. Schools understand that arriving in a new setting can be daunting and staff are there to help you with any questions you might have. Children are excited to see a new face and eager to learn from you, never forget that! Just get stuck in, be positive, ask for help if you need it and enjoy the day!(you never know who is watching and may want to consider you for a permanent position)
Supply Teaching is fun, exciting, varied and offers you a flexible working environment and above all else you are extremely appreciated for the work you do!
Principal Resourcing is proud to support National Supply Teacher Week 2015 for the third year running.
At Principal Resourcing we know that the key to our business is the recruitment and more importantly retention of quality supply teachers and support staff. We fully understand and appreciate the contribution supply teachers make, which is why we go one step further to ensure they feel valued.
We ensure all our teachers and support staff have access to free CPD and training throughout the Academic year as many feel they can miss out on this because they don’t have a permanent role.
In honour of National Supply Teacher Week 2015 we will be once again be taking nominations from our Schools and Academies and be presenting vouchers, champagne and chocolate hampers.
Alongside NSTW we also award Teacher of the Month and Term and are welcoming the return of our summer get together!
We will be holding several quiz afternoons during the Summer so our Supply Teachers can socialise with our staff and each other. We think these afternoons will really help our Supply Teachers to feel part of a team, with a support network around them able to assist and guide whenever they require.
Provide Education are extremely excited proud and excited to support National Supply Teacher Week again this year. Provide Education have continued to expand on an annual basis and we are proud to be Preferred Supplier to a large number of LEA schools and academies in the Yorkshire and The East Midlands Area.
Supply Teachers play such an important part in the success of a child's education and we feel its important for us to ensure the supply teachers are treated with the respect they deserve.
During National Supply Teacher Week Provide Education are going to do the following to show our appreciation to our amazing team of Supply Teachers:
To help combat the recurring feeling amongst supply teachers of isolation
We will be inviting all our existing supply teachers to come and visit us in any of our offices during National Supply Teachers Week for a cuppa, a cake and a chat. This will enable teachers to meet each other which will help combat the recurring feeling amongst supply teachers of isolation. All year round we operate an open door policy to all supply teachers which enables us to offer ongoing support to all our staff during any potential challenging times.
To show appreciation for those working as supply teachers
We will be asking schools for nominations from all schools across all branches and asking them to nominate any teachers they feel are worthy of an award. We regularly feedback to all our teachers and offer teacher of the month awards in addition to an overall teacher of the year. This will help us show our appreciation to the teachers and the appreciation on behalf of the schools. Those teachers that do go above and beyond should be recognised for their excellent commitment for the education of children.
To increase awareness of the skills needed to be a supply teacher
During the period in and around National Teachers Week we recruit a high number of NQT’s keen to increase their experience of teaching once they have finished their final placements. We offer the ongoing support required to all NQT’s who are experiencing paid teaching for the very first time in a supply capacity. We discuss the skills required to be successful as a supply teacher and offer specific guidance in particular teaching environments.
To promote CPD for Supply Teachers
· Provide Education offer a range of paid for CPD opportunities fopr our supply staff. We will be using the week to help promote the range of courses available during the summer term as well as listening to the needs of our supply staff for the forthcoming year.
Classpeople are delighted to support National Supply Teacher Week 2015
Classpeople was set up 12 years ago by ex-primary teacher, Lynis Bassett, who wanted to change the way that supply was viewed. Since starting up we have expanded across the South-West covering early years, Primary, SEN, secondary and leadership to become a one stop shop for supply education.
We have always been dedicated to ensuring that our supply teachers have access to the tools that they need to be the very best teachers that they can be. We are committed to ensuring that our teachers have access to regular CPD and socials because we know how important it is to walk in to a classroom with confidence and we also know that life in supply can sometimes be lonely.
This year we have been stepping that up a notch offering work on guarantee and have some exciting plans for the next academic year that will be revealed in September 2015! We are also going to be focusing on championing supply teachers in the press and raising awareness of the importance they play in educating the next generation.
If you are interested in working with us or would like more information on the support we give to our staff please call us on 01452 538548.
We know how important supply teachers are, it’s time to educate the rest of the world!
We are planning a Top Supply Teachers Awards, with having our schools vote for our Top 3 Teachers of the Year. We are also planning a special family day out to be spent with our teachers and families. The top 3 teachers will be given their special prizes which will include a bottle of bubbly, chocolates and vouchers!
Smile Education is a West Midlands based recruitment agency with a difference. We don't just place teachers and support staff into schools but we are passionate about finding the very best staff for our schools and the perfect job for our teachers, teaching assistants and cover supervisors. Treating people like people, supporting the local economy and communities and putting family and children at the focus of everything we do.
As a team we always have fun in the office and pride ourselves on being honest, loyal, positive, caring and supportive.
Call, email or contact us on social media and take time to find out more! Let us make you Smile.
Forde Education is more than happy to pledge their support for National Supply Teacher Week! We recognise this as a great platform for showing our appreciation to the supply teaching community.
The work of a supply teacher is vital to ensuring a child’s education can remain consistent and as uninterrupted as possible. They go into different schools and inspire different children all of the time, and always thrown in at the deep end!
We know all about the hard work of our teachers who work for Forde Education and it is fantastic to hear the stories from others from all across the UK! We believe the hard work that our teachers put in should be rewarded with a high level of commitment from us, their agency! One of our dedicated teachers Audrey says; “As a supply teacher, I would thoroughly recommend Forde Education for their skill and expertise in matching teachers to supply placements. I felt that I was treated as an individual and that I was placed in schools which matched my personal skills set.”
So from Forde Education we would like to show our appreciation for Supply Teachers. You do a fantastic job and we will continue to ensure we are doing our upmost to support you throughout your placement! You can always call or email us if needed or find us across social media!