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Casual Teaching in the UK

Casual teaching in England

What is Supply (Casual) Teaching?

Supply teaching - the UK term for 'casual teaching', 'CRT' or 'relief teaching' - is arranged when a school needs daily cover from time to time. It may be due to teacher sickness or other factors. Protocol Education helps schools to fill in for absent teachers - this is where you come in! Supply teaching works well when you first arrive to teach in the UK; it allows you to pick up daily roles in a variety of schools with no long term commitment. If you're keen to start your relief teaching in the UK with a bit of variety then you can't go wrong with supply!

If you are after casual teaching in the UK (or casual teaching in London specifically) then Protocol Education should be your first port of call; we are the single busiest teaching agency for casual teaching work in London! 

Don't forget that we can guarantee your relief/supply teaching; read more here!

What is Short-Term Teaching?

Schools regularly come to Protocol Education for teachers who can cover a class for a few days or more. Short-term assignments are a great way to get to know the school and make a great impression in the hope they ask you back next time they need someone! 

Can I Do Both?

Of course! The beauty about teaching through an agency is that you dictate to us what teaching assignments you want; if you start with daily supply and want to move to short term teaching all you need do is let you consultant know! We work around your availability!

Where You Come In

If applicants choose to start their British teaching experience with casual teaching or short-term teaching, the date of arrival is at your discretion; you don't need to arrive for the start of the term (for the best times of the year to arrive go here!). Soon after your arrival in England, you will meet with the UK consultant in the area in which you will be living for your UK Induction. Your UK consultant will facilitate sourcing casual teaching work for you.  Most times the schools will advise us in advance of days they require casual teachers. There are still days when you get that 7:30am phone call for work however the great thing is that most of the work is booked at least the day before you are due to teach (giving you time to plan & prepare!)

Once you are booked your UK consultant will then contact you to give you the details of the appointment, information about the school, and directions on how to get to the school. It is advisable, especially for day-to-day teachers, to purchase a mobile phone upon arrival in the UK, as this will ensure that you are easily contactable by your UK consultant for daily work.  Don't forget that we give you a UK SIM card as part of your induction package too, so if your phone from Australia is unlocked from the network you can just use that one!

Once you get a foot in the door at a school (or a number of schools) you will find that you get requested back by these schools to teach. This gives you the security of knowing the kids, the school timetables and the transport links! These types of work often lead to long-term or permanent positions too  - read more here.

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