Obviously, supply teachers are crucial for the day-to-day functioning of any school given they cover absence – but they contribute far more than just a “stop-gap”. We take a look at how the use of temporary teachers benefit a school and its students?

Supply teachers focus on teaching

Many people believe that supply teachers take on temporary work out of necessity, rather than choice. But there are many reasons why qualified teacher chose to work as supply teachers, instead of signing for a full-time position. Often, they enjoy the flexibility supply teaching offers, or they like the fact that they can continue to develop their knowledge and skills in a range of working environments. Supply teachers are their own boss and are free to make their own decisions about when and where they work. To many, supply teaching has become a ‘lifestyle choice’.

Professionally, it allows teachers to fully focus on what really matters – the teaching.

They are likely to have a well-developed teaching style

Supply teaching offers teachers the change to communicate with their peers and witness others teach, plan and assess. This will continue to add to their personal development as a teacher.

Being a temporary member of staff also means that supply teachers don’t have to worry about the more administrational tasks of meetings and assessments, and that they will have to spend less time on setting and achieving individual targets. This way, they can focus on teaching the subject they feel passionate about, as well as finding the best possible ways of connecting with the classroom. For the students in your school, this means that they are taught by a motivated professional who is able to carry forward the skills and knowledge they have gained from earlier experiences and who is able to motivate and inspire a range of students.

They can manage behaviour consistently

Supply teachers have to deal with different school behaviour policies on a daily basis. As part of their professional routine, a temporary teacher will be used to checking this policy in the morning and can apply it consistently to every class they teach that day. The way a good supply teacher teaches and manages a class shouldn’t be very different from the way a permanent member of staff would.  Students will feel reassured when the routines they are used to haven’t changed.

They are flexible

Supply teachers are used to a very flexible approach to work. Often, they will only find out in the morning where they are required to work for the day. They can adapt quickly and aren’t easily thrown when something doesn’t quite go according to plan.

If lessons are uncovered, teacher absences will affect how well pupils progress through the curriculum. GRI ensures that we deliver fulfilment without incurring inflated agency costs.

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