With Omicron cases rising daily, the Department for Education are rightly concerned about protecting the education of children and young people in the new year. It’s expected that staff absences will sharply increase, and a large pool of supply teachers will be needed to ensure that face-to-face teaching can continue. That’s why they are calling upon ex-teachers to help provide supply teaching work on a temporary basis.
Can you help?
If you are a qualified teacher from primary, secondary or further education – perhaps you are currently retired, taking time away to raise family or are working in a different area – and you are able to spare some time, you can help. Read our return to teaching FAQs for all the details.
Your time will be invaluable
Whatever time you can spare will help, whether it’s one day a week or five. The government want to ensure that as many supply staff as possible are available to work should school staff absences reach an all-time high. You will be helping to provide consistency for children and young people by continuing their learning in the classroom.
How do you sign up?
You can sign up to help by registering with a supply teaching agency of your choice who will get you ready to teach as soon as possible.
Work with Smart Teachers
We are part of the government framework – an approved list of agencies who offer value for money – and we have branches all across the UK ready to place teachers in schools. If you want to find out more about working with us, contact your local branch directly today and we’ll help you with everything you need to get ready to teach again.back to all news
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