Teachers' Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve all been told, ‘there is no such thing as a silly question’ or the only silly question is the one you don’t ask.

If you’ve got a question, check out our FAQs and if you still need help, just contact us!

What qualifications/references do I need to do temporary/supply work for Step Teachers?

In order to be eligible to work with Step Teachers you will need to meet the following criteria. 

  • Attend a face-to-face interview
  • Supply original documents to enable us to verify your identity
  • Hold a valid visa that allows you to work in the UK or hold an EU passport
  • Supply details of two references, one must be supplied directly from a school within the last five years, the second may come from your most recent employer.
  • Undergo a Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure check by Step Teachers or have a valid Enhanced Disclosure and be registered with the DBS Update Service.
  • Hold a relevant qualification for the work you are registering to do
What can Step Teachers do for me?

We can find you day-to-day supply work, long-term temporary work such as covering maternity leave or long-term sickness or full-time permanent positions for NQTs, experienced qualified teachers, classroom assistants and nursery nurses. 

What are the benefits of being a supply teacher?

Being a supply teacher offers you the fulfilment of teaching without the administrative burden of excessive paperwork and bureaucracy.  All schools experience unexpected staffing shortages at some time or another, supply teaching ensures a continuity of work with a choice of short- or long-term bookings. Supply teaching is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a variety of school settings before taking up longer term or permanent positions.  For others it is a great way to balance work and home life. 

How do I register?

The simplest way is to register online is by clicking here.  Alternatively you can call us.  Visit our Contact Us page for our local branch phone numbers.

When can I call?

Our Recruitment Consultants are in the office from 7:00am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday.  If you call out of hours your call will still be answered personally, 365 days a year including public holidays.

How can I maximise my chances of work?

Keeping your consultant aware of your availablity is one way you can help us to help you.  Stay in touch on a regular basis.  Getting yourself up and ready each morning will mean you can respond to any last minute call for emergency supply cover.  Make sure your bag is packed with useful resources; not forgetting your Step Teachers timesheet.

When will I be contacted for work?

As soon as we are told of any work, we will contact you immediately.  However, this could vary from several weeks notice to being contacted on the actual morning you are needed to teach.

How much will I get paid?

Step Teachers operates a unique Quality Assessment scheme, our own merit based grading system. This means that teachers and support workers are graded according to their qualifications, experience and feedback from schools.

Can I work for you as a teacher if I qualified abroad?

Yes, but you must have a teaching qualification from an EU country, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or South Africa.  Teachers who qualified in other countries will need to contact NARIC UK to ensure their qualification is equivalent.

Can I choose to work part time?

Yes. That is the beauty of supply teaching. You can choose when you want to work and when you don't.

What are the vetting procedures for registering new teachers?

All new staff will have a face-to-face interview with one of our consultants.  Your qualifications will be checked, and references taken up. We also carry out an Enhanced Disclosure with the Disclosure & Barring Service unless you have one registered on the DBS Update Service.

How long do registrations usually take to process?

Step Teachers can process your application in a matter of days, however, we have to wait for your references and DBS form to be returned.  For these reasons, a candidates's application may take between 2 to 4 weeks.