Frequently Asked Questions

What does a supply teacher do?

A supply teacher covers lessons for absent teachers, taking class registers and carrying out lesson plans and school duties. You may also be expected to complete any necessary marking.

What qualifications will I need to be a supply teacher?

To be a supply teacher, you will need a recognised teaching qualification such as PGCE, Bed, BA/ BSc with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) or an equivalent overseas qualification in line with NARIC. You will also need to be registered with the GTC (General Teaching Council). Alternatively, you could apply for work as a cover supervisor or teaching assistant.

What checks/ documents will I need to do supply work?

You will need:
Enhanced DBS
2 references
Proof of ID
Entitlement to work checks
Medical check confirmation

What is a DBS?

The DBS certificate refers to the government Disclosure and Barring Service background checks which must be completed by anyone wishing to work with children or vulnerable adults.

Visit to find full info on applying for DBS.

I am an overseas teacher, what are the requirements for becoming a supply teacher in the UK?

If you are coming from overseas, you will need to have a visa/ work permit that allows you to work in the UK. If you are an overseas trained teacher from outside the European Economic Area, you can teach in the UK for up to four years without needing to gain QTS.

How flexible is supply teaching?

Supply teaching is incredibly flexible. You choose when and where you are willing to work and with RealiseMe, you have greater control over your supply work, direct with schools.

How do I use the job search?

The job search tool is mainly for permanent jobs as opposed to supply, though some supply jobs may be shown here. Simply fill out what you're looking for and where in the 'Jobs' page. You can then view the details of the relevant jobs that appear in the search results.

How does my account work?

All you need is an email for a basic account. To access supply work and be visible to schools looking for staff, supply teachers will need to fill out both the full and supply account information, including uploading relevant documents.

How do I set my availability and location?

You can set the dates and area you are willing to work in the 'availability' page. Select all the days you are not available to work leaving all the days you are available blank. You can then select the distance you are willing to travel from your postcode.

How does the supply booking process work?

Once you have filled out all of your account info and set your availability, schools in your area will be able to contact you when there is an opening. When you have an offer for a supply job, you will receive a notification through email/SMS and will have 30 minutes to accept or decline the offer. You can do this in your bookings page. We recommend you respond to offers as soon as possible to avoid the job going to another candidate.

How do I submit timesheets?

You must submit your timesheets so that we know you've completed the work. Once a school approves your timesheet, we can authorise payment to you. You can submit timesheets in your 'Bookings' page under your past bookings.

How does the rating system work?

It's really important to rate your experience of a supply booking so that we know if the placement was suitable. It takes less than a minute and will improve your overall profile score. All you need to do is go to your bookings history in your 'Bookings' page. There you will find all your past bookings which you can rate by selecting the number of stars you rate for each aspect of the experience. You may also provide any feedback in the comments box.

How much can I earn as a supply teacher?

Rates of pay depend upon your role, experience and the type of contract. At RealiseMe, you choose your suggested rates of pay for day-to-day and longer-term work. Schools can also advise on the offered pay range of the role requested. Not sure what your pay rate should be? We can help you with advising on suitable daily rates.

As there is no agency margin with RealiseMe, the school pay less and you earn more than when working with an agency.

How do I get paid for supply work?

You have the option to decide whether you would like to be paid through standard PAYE or an Umbrella company. If you are paid through PAYE, then we will administer payroll through our system with employers and employees NI.

If under an umbrella company, we will deal with your selected company or direct you to an umbrella service that we feel maximises your pay. Read our guide for umbrella pay schemes.

How does the email page work?

The email page is where you can find a record of all the emails you have sent and received in relation to RealiseMe through your personal email. It is not an emailing tool.

How do I use the RealiseMe forum?

The forum is a great way to gain and share advice for everyday school issues. To engage on the forum, you will need to make a separate account through the forum page linked to our site. It's best to use the same email and password as for the RealiseMe site. You will have the choice to create a name that you wish to be know as on the forum.

How can I engage on the blogs?

Anyone can access and read the RealiseMe blog through our site. To comment on blog posts, you will need to log in to the blog with your RealiseMe login details.