A NEW online initiative is aiming to improving the job opportunities for Scotland’s supply teachers.
The objective of the company involved, Supply Teachers Scotland, is to assist independent schools throughout Scotland to source top-quality specialist teachers for back-up and support when the schools’ regular teachers are absent due to illness, training or extra curricular programmes out of school.
Says a spokesperson: “Supply Teachers Scotland already hold a database of qualified specialist supply teachers and are broadening their search for more teachers with the launch of a new website.
“All their teachers are ‘classroom ready’, being fully-qualified, PVG-registered and child protection-trained. Schools can select teachers by subject and for specific day while the teachers can have considerable scope in choosing their availability.
“Potential teachers sign up online and are selected and interviewed by Supply Teachers Scotland directors whose background includes legal and teaching experience at the highest levels.”
Launched in September, the company already provides supply teachers to three of Edinburgh’s main independent schools and new candidates are being added regularly to their bank of available teachers.
The schools are enthusiastic about the service as it save time in advertising and increases their options of finding suitable staff.
There has already been a positive response from a number of teachers keen to be on the Supply Teachers Scotland database as many of them have had difficulty in the past finding suitable part time posts.
Says director, Andy Birrell: “By creating this important contact point for teachers and independent schools we aim to provide more opportunities for supply teachers and greater selection of candidates for the schools.”
Supply teacher positions within the independent sector are proving ideal for newly-qualified teachers who have yet to secure a full-time job.
The experience in supply work is good way to get known to the schools and very often part-time supply jobs turn into full-time posts.
The service also suits newly-retired teachers who want to remain involved in education and those teachers on career breaks from full-time working.
Further details can be found on The Supply Teachers Scotland website:
Contact: Andy Birrell – Tel: 0131 215 1005
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