How to find the right supply teacher for your School or Nursery

Finding the right candidate for your School or Nursery can sometimes be a daunting task, especially if your resources are already stretched and you don’t have the time to find the right candidate.


Whether you need to fill a position for a single day or a longer period of time, we’ve pooled together some advice on how to find the right candidate for your role.


Utilise social media


As social media becomes an integral part of our lives, many Schools and Nurseries are searching for the right candidate on each platform, with the most common being Linkedin.


If you do choose to search on Linkedin, it’s important that you fully review their previous skills, qualifications and recommendations. These will give you a good overview of where they’ve worked before, what their strengths are, and whether they would be a good fit with your setting.


Once you’ve found a potential candidate, send them a connection request, with a message detailing the position that you’re looking to fill, and see whether they are either looking for a new role, or available for an interview.


This may take time to do, so if you need to fill a position quickly, you may need to take the next approach instead.


Work with a recruitment agency


A specialist education and childcare recruitment agency will understand exactly what you’re looking for in a potential candidate. Often, they will pre-interview all candidates before putting them forward for a role, taking the stress away from you and your team.


Take Simply Supply for example. Our pool of fully qualified candidates have all gone through the rigorous pre-screening, which forms part of our Supply Check vetting service.


The Supply Check includes assessing their health and medical fitness, identity, right to work in the UK, List 99 checks and DBS Enhanced Disclosure checks. You can find out more information by taking a look here.


Ask for recommendations


Word of mouth is another way to find the right supply teacher for any available position. If you have friends or family that work within the educational sector, then ask them for a recommendation.


This approach gives you a real-life testimonial and also provides an insight into what a person is actually like in a School or Nursery setting.


Make sure that you ask questions that will give you an insight into their character and professional attitudes, as this will play a key part in their integration with your setting.


Register with a job board


Similar to working with an educational recruitment agency, registering with a dedicated job board is another way to find the right candidate for your role.


These job boards let you upload the full description of the position you’re looking to fill, including additional criteria such as required experience, necessary skills and much more. Once the position has been uploaded, it’s simply a case of waiting for the applications to start being sent in.


However, you don’t have to work on your own. Here at Simply Supply, we’re able to manage the whole recruitment process from start to finish. We advertise your job on numerous popular locations, pre-screen and interview candidates, and forward all suitable CVs for your consideration.


If this is something that you’d be interested in, then please do get in touch with us today.



So there we have it, the top ways that you can find the right candidate for your School or Nursery. What do you think? Are there any methods that you use we haven’t mentioned?


We’d love to hear your thoughts, so please do let us know in the comments below. Likewise, you can find us on Twitter or Facebook, where we regularly update our followers with available positions, insights from the education sector and industry advice.


Remember, here at Simply Supply we work closely with Schools and Nurseries to help source the ideal candidate for your roles.

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