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Supply teaching FAQs
What checks will I need to have to be a supply teacher/teaching assistant?
We require that all supply staff who register with an LA Supply Pool hold a valid enhanced disclosure. We either request to see an original which we can cross-check through the DBS update service or, the member of staff must apply for an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS through the eTeach Supply Team.
All supply staff are met and interviewed by a consultant.
All teachers' compliance includes:
- Enhanced DBS
- Proof of recent child protection training
- 2x teacher/teaching assistant references
- Qualification checks
- Entitlement to work checks
- Proof of ID
- Occupational health clearance
Teaching Assistants will be required to provide evidence of level two or above qualifications in a recognised Teaching Assistant course.
Here you will find information on services, your rights, and information about the check.
A DBS is the common term used to refer to a background check performed by the Disclosure and Barring Service. A clear ‘enhanced disclosure’ from the DBS is an essential pre-requisite for any person who wishes to work with children or vulnerable adults, regardless of their job role.
Enhanced disclosure takes between three and six weeks from initial application. You cannot work in the presence of children or vulnerable adults until this is returned. Applicants can use the DBS update service which can be signed up for at the time of requesting the DBS check. This is then used by employers to check a potential employee’s DBS certificate and reduces the need to complete the entire process and full cost each time
You will be expected to:
- Arrive in good time for your placement with time to prepare
- Familiarise yourself with the school and key members of staff
- If covering for a form tutor, take the morning register
- Provide break-time supervision if required
- Complete any necessary marking for the class
- Leave the classroom in a tidy state
- Provide a brief commentary on the day – the work covered, pupil effort, any problems etc. for the returning teacher.
For more details, please refer to the Supply Teachers Code of Practice
Most of the time this is the case but not always. Most teachers plan well in advance and if the need for supply has been anticipated it is normal for a school to provide a visiting teacher with a plan for the day. If a supply teacher has to be called in at short notice it is unlikely that a specific lesson will have been prepared for them in advance, though in this instance it should still be easy to establish the curriculum area that the class is currently studying from the absent teacher's plans. Try and give yourself as much time to prepare as possible. There are a large number of downloadable resources and lesson plans available on the internet.
Overseas trained teachers (OTTs) from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) are able to teach in England for up to four years without the need to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), provided that your visa / work permit allows you to work in the UK. As such you are able to undertake supply work and this is, in fact, a recommended means for OTTs to gain experience of the UK education system and British schools prior to gaining QTS. To find out about working in an eTeach managed supply pool visit eTeach Supply.