Supply Teaching

How do you tell a school where you enjoy certain classes but not all, that you don't want to come back after halfterm? I am on assignment until half term and the school want me to commit to 3 extra weeks to cover a class for this time but the class is tricky and despite getting on well with the team - I would like to try another school - just think they will be suprised I don't want to stick around and may even cut this current asssignment if i say no?

Any tips as I am new to supply - something I am looking to do until Easter as I really need a permanent job before next years summer holidays! 


  • gwynlas
    gwynlas Forumite Posts: 1,403
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    Not a teacher but have worked through an agency. Be careful as to refusing work unless you have already been offerred a potential placement for after half term. What if you are being offerred this extra work because they beleive you fit in and would like to offer you a permanent role if one becomes available?
  • ElefantEd
    ElefantEd Forumite Posts: 1,139
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    Don't forget that classes in another school are likely to be just as tricky! Maybe better the devil you know?
  • simongregson
    simongregson Forumite Posts: 869
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    Ask your agency for a new assignment - it's one of the the advantages of being a supply teacher, you can pick and choose (particularly in the current market)

    However bear in mind if you get to the 12 week point you will get quite a few advantages if still in the same school, the biggest being the agency will have to pay you at the same level as a regular employee - if you are a qualified teacher that would probably be at the lowest pay level on the pay scale but that may be above what you are currently getting. If the school is keeping you past the 12 week point they obviously think you are doing a decent enough job.
  • Savvy_Sue
    Savvy_Sue Forumite Posts: 45,437
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    Agree with the above: stick it out and develop strategies for 'tricky' classes. Ask for help from whoever's overseeing what you're doing, and chat with colleagues about particular issues.
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