Casual and temporary teaching
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The majority of teachers commence their careers in the NSW public education system as casual or temporary teachers.
As a casual teacher you are employed on a day-to-day basis replacing permanent teachers who are absent or participating in other activities. Casual teachers are paid a daily rate, based on years of training and experience, which is loaded to include a component for sick leave and vacation pay. In 2012, a four year trained teacher earns between $301 and $347 per day depending on experience.
As a temporary teacher you are employed full-time for four weeks to a year or part-time for two terms or more. Temporary teachers receive most of the entitlements of permanent teachers, including annual salary, on a pro-rata basis.
We value your contribution as a casual or temporary teacher
Whether employed on a day-to-day basis or in blocks, casual and temporary teachers carry out a vital role in public schools throughout NSW on a daily basis. Engaged to provide release for permanent teachers who are absent or participating in other activities, casual and temporary teachers ensure that a positive and challenging learning environment for students is maintained. They are responsible for providing proper and adequate supervision of classes or areas assigned to them, ensuring the safety and well being of students at all times.
As a casual or temporary teacher, you are expected to work consistently to provide relevant and educationally appropriate activities for all classes. Lessons are more educationally stimulating for students and professionally rewarding for the casual teacher if students are challenged with valuable teaching and learning activities. Your role involves:
- knowing your lesson content well
- preparing lessons;
- providing homework where appropriate and follow up the homework;
- participating in whole school activities;
- performing any rostered playground duty; and
- contributing to school or faculty activities, special events, excursions or meetings.
Benefits of casual and temporary teaching
Casual and temporary employment provides valuable experience for teachers just starting out as well as for those seeking variety and new experiences in their careers. It is a preferred option for teachers wanting flexibility in order to balance work and family responsibilities. For teachers awaiting permanent appointment, casual and temporary employment provides great opportunities to further develop professional skills. More importantly, you could gain an offer of permanent employment more quickly through the Teacher Employment Priority Scheme (TEPS).
TEPS enables you to enhance your priority date for permanent employment. Depending on the schools in which you work, your priority date for permanent employment may be enhanced by up to 18 months for every 50 days of casual or temporary service in NSW public schools.
Other benefits of casual and temporary employment include:
- flexible hours
- opportunities to travel throughout NSW – a great way to experience living and working in a different area without the commitment of a permanent job
- the opportunity to experience teaching in other aspects of the curriculum
- the rewards of enjoying different experiences daily.
In addition, temporary teachers may benefit from locality and climate allowances in some areas, a range of extra leave options and vacation pay.
Casual and temporary employment opportunities for approved teachers
There are opportunities for casual and temporary teaching in most areas of NSW and you will greatly increase your chances of obtaining employment if you seek teaching engagements in non-coastal country areas or in south western and western Sydney.
Once you receive your approval to teach, you are eligible to work as a casual or temporary teacher in our schools. Graduating teachers who have received their interim casual teaching approval can do the same.
Approved teachers are automatically registered with Casual.Direct, the Department's computerised casual teacher staffing system providing casual teachers to schools upon request. This is a free service to both approved teachers and NSW public schools.
Teachers registered with Casual.Direct are also considered for temporary teaching opportunities by the Teacher Relief Scheme to assist schools in covering longer term temporary vacancies.
If for some reason, you are not registered with Casual.Direct, complete the Casual.Direct Teacher Registration Form.
Teachers who have approval to teach may contact schools directly and advise of their availability for casual and temporary teaching.
Some schools advertise their temporary teacher vacancies through teach.NSW. You may wish to subscribe to receive the teach.NSW JobFeed, our regular listing of advertised teaching positions.