During your career as a teacher you may find yourself in the position, either because you are between jobs or because it fits in better with family life considering working as a supply teacher.

It is true that there are many advantages to the flexible working patterns that come hand in hand with supply teaching. For instance, if you have young children at primary school you can be free to attend their school events without having to negotiate time off work. It also enables you to fit work commitments around other family responsibilities such as caring for an elderly relative.

Many schools employ supply teachers to cover planned absences of their teaching staff which is generally better for a supply teacher as you may know in advance the year group you will be teaching and the subjects you will be required to teach. This is for some more suitable than having an early morning call to cover absence due to teacher illness however If unplanned cover is not suitable for you this can be made clear when you register as a supply teacher.

Although most teachers will leave planning and resources it is always good to be well prepared and have a selection of open ended teaching resources with you that can be adapted to the age group that you are required to teach.