Qualifying to become a Secondary school teacher, allows you to teach one subject, it’s probably something you feel passionate about, so you can share your enthusiasm through teaching. Currently, there is a specific shortage of maths and physics teachers, however, supply teaching jobs cover the whole national curriculum of subjects. Priority subjects according to latest data include: Biology; Chemistry; Computing; Design and technology; English; Geography; Languages: French, Spanish, German; Mathematics; Physics; Religious education.
Engaging 11 to18 years old in learning your subject, requires different styles of teaching dependent on the age group, with developed lesson plans that are conducive to national targets. Most secondary schools, be they state run, academies or faith schools, will have a further layer of teaching requirements involving developing healthy school cultures to engender a rounded individual. Being able to communicate with students, staff and parents, is a key attribute as well as being organised. This is even more so the case for secondary teacher supply jobs, when you may be on a short term or urgent same day assignment and will need to adapt quickly to the school culture.
As a secondary school supply teacher, you will need to remain up to date about your subject, the national curriculum and latest teaching methods. Being ready to teach will mean you have your own resources prepared and ready to hand, to fit in with the learning requirements of classes you will teach, be it same day, short, medium or long-term supply teaching jobs. Our specialised education recruitment consultants are experienced in helping you ascertain the relevant information you will need before you start your supply teaching role, as well as supporting you throughout. Our Staff Supply Teacher Handbook will be available to you once you have registered with us, which provides you with more detailed tips about what to do on your first day of starting a supply teaching job at a secondary school.
Although marking work is a requirement for all supply teachers, medium and long-term supply teaching jobs will involve you to assess and record pupils’ progress as well as attending parents’ evenings and communicating with other staff and parents/guardians. Flexibility is required in terms of hours for supply teaching jobs, but most secondary schools work to a schedule of 5 lessons per day from 8.30am to 3.30pm.