As a supply teacher you may find yourself employed by a number of different schools or agencies throughout the tax year, particularly if you’re opting for short term/day-to-day supply teaching work. This can often make it difficult for the Inland Revenue to decide just how much PAYE tax should be deducted from your wages and so there may be times when you are placed on a high rate emergency tax, the overpayments of which can be claimed back at a later date.
What is an Umbrella company?
An umbrella company is an intermediary that acts as your employer to process your PAYE, rather than the agency you work through. Working through an Umbrella company (as opposed to PAYE) allows umbrella workers, under some circumstances, to offset the cost of their travel and subsistence expenses both in getting to work and whilst at a school.
Claiming expenses pre-tax reduces an umbrella worker’s taxable gross salary and subsequently the amount of tax paid. On the whole, there is usually a 5 -10% difference in the rate of take home pay when using an Umbrella company rather than straight PAYE.
It is worth noting that Umbrella companies do charge fees for this service; however, your daily rate is still likely to be higher than if you opt for PAYE.
Presently we offer a choice of four of the most recognised companies in the education sector which were selected based on their:
- Excellent compliance and service.
- Ability to deliver a financial benefit to you.
- Portability – these companies are commonly used throughout the education sector and therefore it is easier to move between agencies or work for more than one.
RACS Group - 0345 604 0571
ISS Ltd - 0800 0284 211
My Key Pay - 0800 019 4511
CXC Global - 020 7374 6957
If you're still unsure about how to proceed, contact our payroll department. They will be more than happy to help. Contact us today!
Download a timesheet here -
At the end of each working day in school you must fill in a timesheet to record the days you have worked so that we can pay you correctly. Ask at the main school office for someone to sign off your timesheet and then return it to us by fax: 020 7272 281 8400 or email: email@example.com
Timesheets are processed on a weekly basis and must be received by A* Star Teachers by 4pm on Friday in order for you to get paid.
It is your responsibility to ensure your timesheet is sent in correctly so please always keep a copy incase there is any problems.
Please contact us for an up to date list of this year's term dates. Some London schools have adopted slightly different term times to the standard term dates for the UK and it is therefore advisable to contact the individual school to confirm their term dates.
The Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) came into force October 1 2011, giving agency workers entitlement to the same basic employment and working conditions as if they had been recruited directly, if and when they complete a qualifying period of 12 weeks in the same job.
It is not retrospective and for those agency workers already on assignment, the 12 week qualifying period starts from October 1 2011.
We have been working with the REC legal team, DfE Quality Mark team, our payroll companies and IT support for a number of months to ensure a smooth start from October 1.
A key point to note with the AWR legislation is the agency worker needs to be paid what the hirer (school) would reasonably pay somebody as a permanent member of staff. It is not directly related to your qualifications and experience.
A*Star Teachers works to ensure that ALL our agency workers are paid at least what a permanent member of staff would be paid for the role.
We have the correct pay rates and systems in place to provide extremely robust best practice in meeting AWR compliance with minimum inconvenience to our teachers and schools.
In order to meet best practice in AWR Compliance we have made a small change to our timesheet.
- Section 1 asks you to circle the Job Title which best suits the role the timesheet refers to.
- Section 2 asks you to mark an X if you have worked for this school through another agency since October 1, 2011.
Full guidance can be found on the AWR website.
If you have any questions/concerns please email AWR@astarteachers.com (please include your contact number).
Please see bottom of website for AWR Timesheet.
Here are some tips on writing a great CV/Resume?
If you are looking for a long-term or permanent position it is vital you have an up-to-date and relevant CV which really sells your skills, experience and abilities. But what makes a great CV? Here are A Star Teachers top tips:
- Accuracy is vital! It should go without saying that you should thoroughly check your CV for spelling, punctuation and grammar.
- Keep it relevant. You are looking for a job in a school so focus the content of your CV on your education experience particularly:
- Ofsted Experience
- Schemes of work you have written
- Classroom management strategies and behaviour management techniques used.
- Exam group experience and success
- Experience of working with SEN pupils
- Monitoring, assessing and reporting on pupil attainment
- Participation in extra-curricular activities
Ensure that the layout of the CV is logical, consistent and easy to read. The reader will want to scan through your CV quickly, so use clear headings, separate sections and lay out information neatly. Order your CV carefully to sell yourself in the best possible light. For example, list your Career History before your Education.
Include a “Key Strengths” section if you lack suitable experience but have gained some great transferable skills, and place this early in the CV, before listing your work experience.
Present your information in reverse chronological order, with newest qualifications, work positions, etc. first.
Avoid these common CV pitfalls:
Writing in the first person – write in the third person, but keep the sentences short, punchy and active. Use bullet points to keep things concise where possible.
Too long – keep your CV concise. 1-2 pages is best, and 3 if you are a mature candidate with lots of relevant experience.
Career gaps – watch out for gaps on your CV, for example between jobs. Think about how you can sell your career break / first time mum, experience, etc. What transferable skills did these give you; did you carry out any voluntary work during this period, etc.?
Once you have finished, re-read it and get a friend to look at it – we know it can be difficult but a great CV really helps us sell you to schools.
Department of Education (DCSF) - Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) is the UK's Department for Education and has loads of info. Go to their website for teaching resources - online lesson plans, lesson plan resources, thematic units, themes, classroom activities, teacher tips, web projects, ideas for assemblies and lots more.
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Information, resources and support you need to be a successful supply teacher.
Supply Teacher Network Facebook Group - A group for supply teachers to meet and greet other supply teachers, to share ideas, information, resources and inspiration.
Supply Teaching and Supply Teachers LinkedIn Group
Every Tuesday from 8pm until 9pm, join in on #supplychat on Twitter.
Use the #supplychat in your tweet to meet likeminded supply teachers!
www.primaryresources.co.uk - Ideas for Teaching
www.ofsted.gov.uk - Office for Standards in Education - OFSTED
www.nfer.ac.uk - National Foundation for Educational Research - NFER
www.qca.org.uk - Qualifications & Curriculum Authority - QCA
www.teem.org.uk - Teachers Evaluating Educational Multimedia - TEEM
BBC online education
www.educationunlimited.co.uk - Guardian education
www.teachingideas.co.uk - Ideas for Teaching
www.nsead.org/itt - Art and Design
www.ebea.org.uk/ebea/ttasite- Business and Economics
www.data.org.uk- Design and Technology
www.nate.org.uk - English
www.historyitt.org.uk - History
www.ict-tutors.co.uk - Information and Communications Technology
www.becta.org.uk- Information and Communications Technology
www.ittmfl.org.uk - Modern Foreign Languages
National Union of Teachers- For information on employment conditions for teachers
www.atl.org.uk- Association of Teachers & Lecturers (ATL)
www.nasuwt.org.uk- National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT)
www.pat.org.uk - Professional Association of Teachers (PAT)
www.nut.org.uk - National Union of Teachers (NUT)