What are the benefits of supply teaching?

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While the importance of teachers and their role in society is undeniable, we’re now more than ever aware of the stresses and pressures that accompany employment within the education sector, specifically teaching. This has recently been evidenced by the National Education Union and their yearly survey regarding the state of education.

The key findings of the annual State of Education survey showed that a large percentage of teachers believed they would no longer be working in education and planned to leave their positions within five years. Additionally, over half of teachers (52%) communicated that their workload is ‘unmanageable’ or ‘unmanageable most of the time,’ up from 35% in 2021.

While working in education comes with hardships, it can be an extremely rewarding career, so how do we keep – and attract – people into the profession?

Why not consider supply teaching?

Supply teaching is a career path that can offer many benefits and great opportunities for you as a teacher, as you oversee your own workload ensuring you have a manageable work-life balance.

Whether you’re considering a career move or you’re just at the beginning of your teaching career, it’s worth finding out the benefits of supply teaching.

So, what does supply have to offer? Let’s take a look!


Flexibility has become an increasingly important factor when it comes to a job, with more people now considering this when taking on their job search. You can choose what days and hours you wish to work and take control of your schedule, without having to worry about organising lesson cover or cancelling other commitments you would usually need to take a day off for. It can improve your work-life balance which is important to maintaining good health and wellbeing.

Experience and Variety:

With supply teaching, you aren’t limited to a particular age group or school, so you have the chance to work with different ages, subjects, schools and even staff. Having this choice not only widens your experience but also allows you to discover what best suits your teaching style and way of life. It also makes supply work more exciting!

By having this varied exposure, you become a well-rounded candidate which helps you stand out amongst others whilst job hunting!

Career Development:

For newly qualified teachers, supply teaching is a great opportunity to develop your skills and gain experience. If you’re unsure which direction you want to go in, being a supply teacher can give you a clearer idea of the route you want to take.

Being exposed to different learning styles in a variety of schools will give you a chance to learn and adapt to different teaching techniques, thereby supporting your career and professional development.

Career Change:

After a career of working in the same school for many years, you may be looking for a change. Supply teaching allows you to experience other schools and their working environments while remaining in the profession. Moreover, the flexibility means you can choose when you work if you’re looking to take a break from full-time.

If you are looking for a flexible role which can offer you both experience and variety, then start your journey with us here.

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