Education Recruitment can be a difficult job to do at the best of times, but try doing it in the middle of a pandemic where schools and colleges are closed.Like so many others we have had to try become accustomed to a new way of working, from home.We have faced that many Microsoft teams calls that whenever we hear that call sound in the future we will always remember the strange time when we all stopped wearing jeans or “anything that went past our shins”, took a break in the middle of the day to play spider-man with one of the kids, planned our day around when the dogs might want a wee or looked forward to a lack of a commute home so we could get even more of the garden squared away.
This blog ("Pre Lock Down") looks at a “normal” day in the life of an education recruiter and hopefully as well as inspiring others to consider a job in recruitment, will bring a bit of lighthearted fun to those of you in education recruitment.
We asked our two Senior Recruitment consultants to talk us through a normal day working in education recruitment, Lee and Tom from our Nottingham and Hull branches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.