The benefits of using a teaching agency to find work

Posted on June 9, 2020 at 1:01 pm

If you are a teacher looking for supply work, you may find that working for a teaching agency is a valuable route to employment and that it has many benefits to applying directly to schools or to the local authority.

There are a multitude of agencies to choose from and it is important to check the terms and conditions of the agency you are applying to before you agree to go on their books. One of the essential things to check is that the rate of pay is comparable with the pay scale that is offered by the local authority. Agency pay will probably be less but should still reflect the professional status of a qualified teacher.

One of the biggest benefits to working for a teaching agency is that they source the work for you and then put you in touch with the school or arrange the dates and times that you are required to teach. This saves a lot of time on your part filling in application forms and getting enhanced checks that are needed for you to work in school as the agency will organise all these things when you sign up.

The majority of agencies allow you to agree work dates and times that will fit in with your other commitments and will find work in a specified area that is in your location.

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Starting your first day at work

Posted on May 13, 2020 at 11:50 am

With the current pandemic in the UK, many people are finding themselves off work or maybe just starting to return. For some people, they may not be able to return to their job as so many companies are struggling to come through this and may be forced to close. If that is the case, then over the next few months there will be an influx of people looking for work. Once you have found a new job, you may start to worry about your first day. It can be very daunting but there are some things you can do to calm those first day nerves and tips and advice on how to ensure you have a great first day.

When preparing yourself to start a job, ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time in the morning to get ready and ideally have everything organised the day before. Decide what outfit you are going to wear and make yourself a packed lunch so you know that you have not got to worry about that in the morning. It’s always a good idea to be ready in enough time to sit down and have a cuppa before you set off and gather yourself.

You make a lot of impressions on your first day so you need to make sure that you come across as professional and willing to learn and being on time is vital. Ensure you listen to instructions clearly but do not be afraid to ask if you don’t understand something. Your first day will usually fly by, so be sure to try and enjoy it.

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Did you know potential employees may take into consideration what school or uni you attended?

Posted on April 15, 2020 at 3:17 pm

You may not have realised that unfortunately some employers, particularly in certain industries, do take in to account where the potential employee was schooled and I don’t mean the grades they received, the actually school they attended!

Children that attend private schools seem to have a better chance of getting in to certain industries such as media or finance sector. This could be seen as discrimination against those students whose parents could not afford a private education, but it is often very hard to prove that this is happening. You can have an extremely bright and capable student that has attended a state school, who may even be more intelligent than someone who’s attended a private school so surely it makes sense to give the job to the individual who show they have the best ability to do it well, not decided on which school they attended.

If you have attend a state school and find yourself up against people from a private school for a job interview, you may even want to mention that you are aware you didn’t go to a private school but are more than happy to prove you are capable.

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Getting your first job

Posted on March 6, 2020 at 10:03 am

It can be a daunting prospect for many young people as they finish school or college and need to start to look for a job. For some they already have an idea of the type of employment they want and may have already completed the relevant training and even begun the process of applying for jobs, but for others the decision on the type of future employment they want has been left to chance.

If you are in the latter category it is worthwhile doing some research in your local area or further afield if necessary, to see what is available to you.

 If you are not concerned about job security perhaps you have no dependents and still live at home with parents, many employers offer casual employment or seasonal work. This can be a good option if you do not want to commit to a particular career path but just simply want to earn some money. Once you have been working in a job for a while you may decide that you enjoy it and can therefore continue in that field albeit possibly with a different employer and even complete any relevant training that would help you to progress in that career.

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Working as a teaching assistant in a primary school

Posted on February 22, 2020 at 9:50 pm

The role of a teaching assistant is, to many an ideal job as it fits in with school times and holidays. It can be a very rewarding career with good prospects for those wanting to develop the skills involved with helping children with their learning.

There are no formal qualifications needed to become a first level teaching assistant however a good level of English and Mathematics is important as you may be required to support small groups with their subject knowledge. If you wish to progress in this field there are courses offered at many colleges which will enable you to further your personal development.

The teaching assistant in a class will be under the direct guidance of the class teacher. Your role may include preparing resources ahead of lessons, supporting pupils during lessons and reporting back to the class teacher on pupil progress with set tasks. You may also be asked to carry out some record keeping and displaying of children’s work.

An important aspect of working in school is confidentiality. It is essential that anything that is discussed about pupils is not repeated out of school as a breach of confidentiality can cause difficulties between parents and teachers and ultimately result in disciplinary procedures against the member of staff responsible.

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Starting a new career after having children

Posted on January 30, 2020 at 2:33 pm

For many women returning to work after having children is a daunting prospect. It could be that their previous career is no longer suitable perhaps it involved working unsociable hours or required overseas travel whatever the reason, they may have to rethink their career path in the light of these issues.

Initially thought needs to be given to the type of employment that is suitable. If childcare is available this choice is broader but if not there are limitations regarding school drop off and pick up times. Many schools offer wrap round care to cater for people who start work before school time and finish later so it is worth finding out what is available locally.

Updating qualifications may be necessary to widen the range of jobs that can be applied for. This may involve undertaking a college course or even going to university. This can be an exciting prospect and shouldn’t be disregarded. Many universities welcome mature students on their courses and research has shown that returning candidates do very well academically. If attending a college or university is not possible, an open university course may be the answer as studying at home can fit more easily into family life.

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Help with setting up a new business

Posted on December 15, 2019 at 12:07 pm

When setting up a new business there are many things to consider. Firstly you need to decide which type of business you are looking to set up. You should consider points such as how much time can you afford to commit and how much money would you ideally like to earn from the business? It is important that you are honest and realistic as otherwise you are only fooling yourself. Answering these fundamental questions will help you to decide whether you need to start a full-time, part-time, spare-time or possibly even a seasonal business. If for example you want to open a business that sell Christmas decorations then you may only run it from august through to February. You also need to consider if you are going to have a physical location for your business or if it is going to be online purely. Next you need to decide when you are going to launch your business.

You might want to get your business up and running quickly, but if you don’t sort out the main key points prior to starting the business you may end up failing. You need to be realistic you’re your expectations and understand that many businesses take time to start turning a profit.

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Should you turn down jobs when looking for work?

Posted on November 14, 2019 at 2:27 pm

If you are desperately seeking work then you may not consider turning work down as any extra work is money, but if you are looking for a permanent position then there may come a time when you are offered a job following an interview, but have since realised that it may not be exactly what you are looking for.

When looking to apply for a new job position, not only should you consider if you have the relevant experience and qualifications but also is it a job that you would be happy doing? If the answer is no then you probably shouldn’t even apply. Yes, money is often the main reason many of us go to work but that doesn’t mean to say that we cannot pick a job that we enjoy or that gives us satisfaction.

Too many people get stuck in jobs that they do not enjoy and that is not good for the employee or the employer as the quality of work produced is likely to be low and it can also have a knock on effect on staff morale in the workplace.

If you do have to find work quickly then try and find something that will give you experience to put on your CV as this will help when applying for jobs in the future.

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Making your job more enjoyable

Posted on October 27, 2019 at 11:24 am

You will often hear people saying that job satisfaction is vital and that if you don’t enjoy your job then you should look to change your career. The truth is that most people who work have times when they feel they have little or no job satisfaction. This can be due to several reasons such as not being paid enough, having too much work on or not getting on with other colleagues.

Although it can be hard staying in a job that you do not find satisfying there are often things you can do to help improve this without having to up and leave at the first sign of trouble. Making a list of things that are leading to your lack of satisfaction is the first step to sorting out the issue. Once you have the list you need to start going through and working out how and if you can change any of them. If for example you are struggling with the work load, see if there are any ways you can speed up the tasks you are doing to save time or if you are happy to do so, could you ask for overtime and stay late one night a week to give yourself chance to catch up. If you can get paid extra for overtime this will also make it feel more worth while as well as making your day to day job easier.

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Finding the right school for you to work in

Posted on September 26, 2019 at 12:44 pm

After spending 4 years plus at university, the time finally comes for you to start looking for work as a teacher. You may have an idea of a few schools that you feel you would fit in well at, but it may be that there is not currently any position available at those places. Firstly you need to decide what age children you would like to teach. If you want to teach primary school age then you may decide to only apply for jobs teaching reception for example. If you do this you need to be aware that at some point you may be asked to move to teach another year group.

Location may also be a factor that you need to consider. If you do not drive then you will find that your choices are very limited and you may have to be prepared to relocate once you have got a job. City schools are often quite different to rural schools. If you want to go to a school that is a little bit more laid back then a rural school setting may be more suited.

You could always register with a teaching agency and do some temping work in a few different schools to get a feel for what you think would suit you.

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