I qualified in 2011 and sent approximately 1500 applications to schools in every inch of the country. I was willing to move to the back arse of no where as all I wanted was a teaching job and to get the dip done. I received rejection letters or emails daily and it was horrible. So I had to sub for a while. This idea did not appeal to me at all, I wanted my own class and to be able to teach in my own way and not fill in for someone else and do things their way. Overall though I learned a lot from subbing and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

Top tips for finding subbing

  • Go and visit the schools and principals/ headteachers. This is vital because they no longer just add you to the list of names but can now put a face to your name. 
  • Register with text a sub. 
  • Register with the local teaching centre. (They have a list which is given to schools who need a sub.)
  • Join the union and go to meetings. Through the union you get to meet countless principals and vice principals as well as teachers. If people know you, they are more likely to call you.
Although I dreaded the idea of subbing it taught me some wonderful lessons. Every classroom is different so you can get hundreds of ideas through subbing. I also had to master behaviour and classroom management very quickly as often children push boundaries when there is a substitute in. It is also good to work with different age groups, class groups and in different settings. It helps you to figure out where you work best.