SAAF Education Blog

SAAF Education Freeze Recruitment Charge Rates

There’s no doubt that this year has been challenging for the education sector. That’s why SAAF Education’s Supply & Recruitment team have pledged to freeze recruitment charge rates.

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Free school meals during coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to know

The government have provided updates on free school meals during COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know.

The Best Exam Answers

Marking has never been the most enjoyable part of the job but every now and again you come across a little gem that makes it all seem worth it. To provide a bit of humour and a break away from the seriousness, we have put together some of the best exam answers by children; we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Teacher training entry requirements: Is three skills tests enough?

It is no secret that we are in a nationwide teacher shortage, but why is this? Are students no longer interested in following a career in teaching? Maybe they don’t think it will be fulfilling? Or, are the standards simply too high?

To amend this shortage, the entry requirements for teacher training have been reduced.

Supply Rates: Are you being paid fairly?

Last week my Director sent me this article posted by NASUWT, the subject line read, ‘do recruitment agencies really do this?’

This got me thinking about the attitude of recruitment companies towards payment of their teachers and charging their customers. There seems to be a lack of awareness amongst supply staff and so, I have decided to put together a handy reference guide to help you decide if you are being paid fairly.

Grading and Assessment Techniques

It’s no secret that marking work is not only repetitive and time-consuming it’s also an area many teachers, old and new, still struggle with.  Finding the balance between efficient yet good quality marking is especially difficult, and it takes a while for you to find a grading techniques that work for you. Whilst you’re working on creating that process however, it’s always good to learn some tips and techniques from others.

Preventing Teacher Burnout

Those that go into teaching rarely pick the profession for the salary or because they think it’ll be easy; they pick it because it’s a passion.

As with any stressful job, especially one as demanding as education, even the most passionate teachers are not immune to burning out. It’s not just handling the pressure of controlling and teaching a room full of children, but the added responsibilities of monitoring playground activities, reporting to school committees and meeting with parents. So how do you prevent overloading with stress? How do you stop the daily countdown to the summer holidays when you finally get those few weeks of freedom?

Why is supply teaching right for me? 

At SAAF Supply our recruitment team have worked in education too and have been (far too often) in your shoes. We remember painful Friday nights buried under a large pile of marking wishing we could just start the weekend already. 

If you’re asking yourself the question why should I become a supply teacher when I have a regular income and routine, then we have the answers.