supply teaching

Supply Teaching

Supply teaching is the perfect role for someone who wants to have a flexible teaching career. There are a number of ways to go about becoming a supply teacher, but once you’ve made that decision, how do you find supply teacher jobs?

When it comes to finding roles in supply teaching, First for Education has over 20 years of experience as a leading teacher recruitment agency in the Midlands. Our job is to place the right teaching staff in the right roles at the right schools. So if you’ve decided that you want to start a career as a supply teacher or perhaps you would like to gain more teaching experience in a supply teaching role, then read on as we share how to find supply teacher jobs with First for Education.

How Do I Get a Job as a Supply Teacher?

First of all, you’ll need to sign up with a trusted supply teacher agency like First for Education. To register with First for Education, you’ll have to complete a process of application before we can help source the perfect short or long-term supply teaching jobs for you. The stages are straightforward and allow us to get the most information so that we can find the most suitable teaching job for you.

Register for Supply Teaching

When you sign up with First for Education, you’ll enter our registration portal which is the first stage of the application process. We advise that you complete this online registration in full as it will prevent any delays in processing the application. Input your full name, email address, location and your most up-to-date CV. Once this step is complete, you will receive a notification that your online form had been accepted and you’ll move on to the interview stage of the application process.

Supply Teaching Agency Interviews

When all of your contact details have been received by us, one of our experienced consultants will call you to carry out a basic interview over the phone. At First for Education, we have 4 locations in the Midlands: Worcester, Stourbridge, Birmingham and Wolverhampton and you will be interviewed by a consultant from an area closest to your location. During this interview, the recruitment consultant will identify the type of teaching role you prefer, so if you prefer primary supply teaching or perhaps you want to work as an SEN supply teacher we can add your preference to your application. The consultant will also discuss your qualifications, rates of pay and previous teaching experience. At the end of this interview, the consultant will send you a link via email with another set of forms which will gather more detailed information. To complete these forms you’ll need to have the following information handy:

  • A current DBS Certificate
  • An up-to-date Safeguarding certificate
  • 2 references
  • Details of qualifications


Supply Teaching Compliance Checks

When the compliance team receive all of the documents to support your applications, they will make sure all candidates have fulfilled compliance requirements. At First for Education, we make sure that all applicants have an up-to-date safeguarding certificate, a current DBS certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service and 2 teacher references that should span a 3 year period. During the compliance stage of our registration process, we will need to see evidence of all documents and certificates to support your application. When the compliance team is satisfied that your documents meet the requirements, you’ll be assigned a consultant to find supply teaching jobs for you.

Working With First For Education

As an experienced education recruitment agency, First for Education has built a reputation for consistently finding supply teacher vacancies across the Midlands. We work closely with local primary and secondary schools and have acquired a good understanding of the needs of the schools we serve. Our consultants support you throughout your time with us and we provide ongoing training and teacher resources to help to enhance the skills you already have. So whether you are interested in maths supply teaching jobs or English supply teacher jobs, we can find the perfect role that will give you the best teaching experience.


If you’re ready to start working as a supply teacher, sign up now with your full name, email address, location and current CV and we will start the process of finding your ideal supply teacher job. If you would like to know more about our supply teacher agency, contact our friendly team who will be happy to answer all of your queries.