A very heartfelt letter from a fellow supply teacher.
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J Wilson says...I qualified in Chemistry and Biology in 1988 (now seems like a long time ago !) but the situation was bad then too. I worked in supply and temporary for three years then went to speak to head of staffing at Strathclyde Region who showed me the list of teachers ahead of me and said it would be 5 years until I got a job. Well I moved into working in Universities. And like me, most people from my teaching course moved into other things. Very disappointing as some people had even given up jobs to go into teaching. I believe the situation has never been fully exposed. Even now there are few respondents to the surveys that are done, so no true picture can be worked out. Doing a teaching course should indeed prepare you for many areas of employment but I feel in reality employers see it as specific to teaching and if anything it makes it even harder to find jobs. Especially when at the time I graduated all you used to hear on the news was how many science teachers were needed in England, so everyone assumed I just didnt like teaching which was not the situation at all. So basically I think teaching should be tied much more into employment rather like what happens in the police force. And my brother who was a technical teacher as, for some reason as a engineering graduate, could not get to teach physics, also struggled to get employment even when he had work experience as an engineer....