During your interview, you will be asked to think about
the type of teaching position you would prefer in the first
instance. Classroom can provide teaching posts on a day-to-day
or weekly supply basis, a term or more in one school or
a permanent placement at one school.
Day-to-day supply can be a great way to teach in a variety
of schools and gain invaluable and wide-ranging experience.
Many schools require supply cover (you may know it as relief,
substitute or emergency teaching) at the last minute for
absences and illness. Cover for courses are usually booked
in advance, but sickness cover is often only reported that
morning, requiring both us and you to react instantly! Daily supply requires a great deal of flexibility and quick thinking but brings its own rewards and is an excellent way to gain
a great deal of London experience in a short period of time.
We also find that teachers are requested back after initial
day-to-day assignments often taking a longer-term position
in a school with which they have built a relationship.
Long-term positions are usually a term or more and are for those wanting to take on the whole role and responsibilities of
a full-time teacher with the planning and commitment that
requires. Working in one school for an extended length of
time often sees teachers becoming intrinsically involved
in the school community, attending Parents' Evenings and
events and taking on other roles, e.g. as a Form Tutor in
For those teachers interested in permanent placements, Classroom works with schools looking to recruit permanent staff who have years of experience in the UK.
Teaching and especially supply teaching
in the first instance is challenging and requires a great
deal of commitment, professionalism and enthusiasm. However
most teachers find it very rewarding and enjoyable.
will be honest with you about the pros and cons of each
role and will support you every step of the way.
Our expert Special Needs Division offers the exciting opportunity
to work with students with different kinds of Special Needs
in both Special Schools and Mainstream.
Their needs may include:
Severe or Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties: these children may require individual support and
even help with feeding or toileting. They will follow an
IEP (Individual Education Plan).
Autism: can be of varying
severity. Autistic children find it difficult to relate
Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties:
Students with these needs may find it difficult to cope
in the mainstream and may be referred to Pupil Referral
Units (PRUs) where they can receive the support they need.
HI or VI: Hearing or
Visually Impaired children may be educated in either mainstream
or separate centres.
Learning Support in Mainstream:
Pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs, or
at Levels 1-4, will be allocated extra support for a set
number of hours a week.
You may have experienced working with
young people with Special Needs during your teaching career
or as part of your studies. You may have worked with adults
or even have personal experience. Even if you do not have
a specific qualification, this area of teaching may be open
to you. Many teachers in fact find a niche within SEN and
if you have an interest, a specialist Consultant will spend
some time with you at interview. If you decide to take on
the challenge of SEN teaching be assured that you will have
our whole-hearted support.