Committing to Teaching: a Rewarding Career Choice

Being a teacher is a highly rewarding career choice that will give you years of pride in what you do. It’s a great pathway into job satisfaction and career development, as long as you are passionate about your subject and you want to help children progress. If you are willing to work hard to achieve your aims, you can be a great teaching professional.

One of the main things to do is to find a school you want to work in, that will back you through teacher training and/or your first years as a teacher. You will be in amongst other professionals just like you, so they will be able to help you – and they might have more experience as well, so they can offer advice at the beginning of your career. If you make good career connections now, they can serve you well throughout and help you find you way into some of the best schools.

How to Find Work as a Supply Teacher

Supply teachers can often find work easily, as this kind of teaching work is very much in demand. However, there are better ways of finding employment in this industry than others, and this will help you to never be out of work.

The main thing to do is to make good contacts within a teaching agency. They will have new jobs and positions all the time, giving you access to lots of different work opportunities. If you get to know various recruitment consultants within the recruitment agency, this also gives you the chance to hear about lots of different and exciting positions.

It’s also important you keep in contact with those you meet in the industry. If there is a particular school that you want to work with, ask them directly if they have supply teaching requirements. By working directly with the school and letting them know your availability, it is likely they will contact you.

What do special needs teaching assistants do?

A special needs teaching assistant will help teachers in schools by providing support to children with learning, physical or behavioural difficulties. A demanding, yet ultimately rewarding job, you may be required to work in a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school, or in a mainstream classroom. Depending on the needs and severity of the child’s condition, you may be expected to work one to one with an individual pupil, or with a small group of children in a larger classroom situation.

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