First Class Supply are recognised as the fastest growing independent Supply Teaching Agency in the North East, why? Because we’re different. We are genuinely committed to treating all our Teachers and Teaching Assistants as individuals and we take your career as seriously as you do.
We have an unrivalled reputation for offering an exceptional, professional, personal and friendly service to all who join us and we have forged true partnerships with our schools. We believe in ‘giving something back’ to our local communities and support our local schools and their pupils as well as local and national charities in a number of ways throughout the year.
We continue to grow by reputation and recommendation, and are often imitated but never bettered!
We very much look forward to welcoming you to the First Class Supply team!
come and join our busy and successful supply team...
when you need day-to-day or long term supply, we have the right people ready for you...
we pride ourselves on the difference we make to our local communities, schools and children...
Not only does it offer flexibility and variety, it also opens up a whole range of experiences you may not have considered previously. Once you are registered with First Class, we then offer you assignments that we know are right for you – whether this is on a day-to-day, long-term, or permanent basis – or a mix of all three! We will already have formed an excellent personal relationship with you by this stage and we will have a real feel for the best roles for you. Likewise, we have built equally excellent relationships with our many partner schools, nurseries and colleges throughout the North East and we will know which will be an excellent fit for you. We will always get your feedback to make sure we are getting things right for you – and to hear how you have enjoyed your role. You will never have to accept any role you don’t feel comfortable with – remember supply is about flexibility and working together to find what works best for you!
Wherever possible, we will give you as much information in advance about your assignment so you have time to find out the location of the school, plan for your lessons etc. However, this is not always possible, and you might get called for an emergency assignment. This is where being ready comes in! Always have your Enhanced DBS, and the forms of ID which will be discussed at interview and when you first meet your consultant, to hand, together with a range of resources to help you in case work is not set, as well as a First Class timesheet. We will always be honest with the school as to when we expect you will arrive so don’t panic! Once in school, you will meet the person relevant for supply who should make you familiar with their school policies and then you will be ready to start your day! Remember, if in doubt, ask. Emergency assignments are a great way of being asked to return to a school, and a great way to discover what suits you best on supply – often this is the exact opposite of your original ideas!
TA examples could be someone with solid one-to-one experience with children with learning difficulties. Our schools in general trust us to know the right people who would fit their specific needs. We may also be asked to forward CVs, so it’s essential we have an up-to-date CV for you at all times! Schools will always want to meet the people they are interested in, either to attend an interview, or to carry out a lesson, or even to work a day on supply. We will never put you forward for a long-term assignment without your permission, and will always speak to you and/or email you prior to forwarding your details. If you are lucky enough to be successful, you will continue to complete a First Class timesheet at the end of each week. We will still keep in touch with your on a regular basis and you can call us at any time. Again, long term assignments are a fantastic way of gaining experience within a school.
Often a long-term assignment could lead to a candidate being asked to become a permanent member of staff. We do not penalise our schools with fees which really enhances your chance of being asked to join the permanent school staff. Permanent roles can work a little like long term roles, so again, it’s important we have an up-to-date CV. Again, we will not put you forward for any assignments unless we have your permission first.
The more we know how available you are, the more we can offer you work! Be as flexible as possible, and always be prepared with your ID and resources. The more experience you gain, the more you will be asked to return to schools and the more work will be offered to you.
You have 5 years from the date you were awarded QTS to complete your induction and you can complete this in more than one school. Each assignment towards your induction must be for a minimum of one term.
With your consent, we can perform a status check which will give us full access to your current certificate. You can subscribe to the Update Service whilst your application form is in process, or you can subscribe to the Update Service once you have received your certificate. However, you must register within 19 calendar days of the certificate issue date. If you do not hold a certificate that is registered with the Update Service then unfortunately it is illegal for us to use it and you must apply for a new one – we can do this for you.
We offer Safeguarding training to all of our supply team. Our virtual course covers up-to-date, essential knowledge in relation to Safeguarding, Child Protection and Prevent, through videos, audio and engaging interactive activities.
Our other courses include:
A guide to being an effective supply teacher; An introduction to Early Years Foundation Stage; An introduction to phonics; An introduction to special needs and disabilities (SEND); Behaviour management training – Level 1; British Values; Cover Supervisor Training – Level 1; Effective listening in schools; Effective personal communication in schools; Equality and Diversity; Teaching in the UK: An introduction for overseas teachers
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Published 02.06.2020 It has been a real pleasure meeting so many of you over the last few weeks and welcoming you to the First Class team! Our online interview schedule is really busy, so do get in touch now to make sure you are fully compliant for when the schools are open properly! We are […]