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Affinity Education in conjunction with The Welsh Government recognises that supply teaching is an essential part of school life. It is vitally important that teachers who choose to work in this way are of the highest quality and are provided with the same opportunities as their colleagues in full time employment by doing this we not only support the individual teacher but aid learner outcomes in Wales.

Professional Learning

Supply staff are entitled to access high quality resources through a variety of professional learning opportunities, and a range of networks to assist their teaching and to support their work. Supply staff should evidence the same commitment to professional learning as the Welsh Government sets out for all practitioners. The new professional standards for teaching and leadership were published in September 2017 they complement the day to day work of teachers and support professional development.

The Welsh Government has launched the National Approach to Professional Learning (NAPL) Programme to help teachers deliver Wales’ new curriculum. The new national focus for professional learning can be delivered flexibly to not disrupt the school day.

As a supply teacher registered in Wales you can also access professional learning opportunities through the following routes:

  • Hwb:-
  • Local professional learning opportunities and events via your Local Education Consortia, local authority or through your trade union. If you are working at a school, you can ask to take part in their in-service provision. 
  • Collaborative learning - Supply teaching offers the opportunity to learn from a wide range of teachers with different experiences and in different settings. Why not establish a Professional Learning Community.
  • Academic study - The Welsh Government has developed a series of innovative e-learning packs available through Hwb. There are also a number of University programs available online that you can access.
  • Welsh language - The Welsh Government through the Sabbatical Scheme has developed specific training for practitioners who wish to teach through the medium of Welsh or wish to improve their Welsh-language skills.
  • Induction - Statutory induction has been a requirement for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) in Wales since September 2003. You can obtain information and support from your Regional Consortia. The EWC provide induction advice and support for short term supply teachers


We encourage our Supply Teachers to also independently seek suitable professional development opportunities.

The Education Acheivement Service (EAS) for South East Wales (Caerphilly, Monmouth, Newport & Torfaen) provide CPD:-

The Central South Consortium (CSC) is a joint Education Service for five local authorites (Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, RCT and The Vale of Glamorgan).


Affinity Education have partnered with inspirational experienced trainers in order to provide their Supply Teachers with the opportunity of receiving professional development. 

As a Supply Teacher the opportunity of training is limited therefore many Supply Teachers do not engage in training. In order to raise and maintain standards of Supply Teachers working with Affinity Education and to offer the schools that we place our teachers within the highest quality teaching staff possible, we have developed a valuable, successful training programme. 

At the end of the course, each delegate is provided with a professional certificate of attendance. 

Please see below some comments from Supply Teachers who have attended our training courses:- 

“Lovely to have a course aimed at the problems you face as a supply and how to deal with these problems-Highly recommended.”

“Well presented. I have much more confidence regarding child protection issues after this.”

“A very enjoyable, informative day”

“Thought provoking, interesting and useful” 

“Helped enormously, thank you”

“I really found today’s course valuable and very informative”

“Fantastic course, day, presentation, hospitality…thanks” 

“A very difficult topic handled with great sensitivity providing many answers whilst remaining thought provoking.” 

“A well thought out, well presented and very informative course” 

“Very interesting and informative, raising awareness of up dated issues.”

“Some good ideas that I think could help to re-motivate me.”

“Entertaining and stimulating with some great new ideas and new uses for old methods and ideas. Empowering for Supply Teachers”

“First time my needs have been met.”

"Removing that tag ‘Just a Supply Teacher will still be a struggle but this way or approach can help.”

“Fun and interactive. Made the day go quickly.”

“Useful strategies & materials to take to the classroom.”

“Lots of new ideas! Creative! Great speaker-full of humour & knowledge.

Great course, Thank you!!”

“Very dynamic, motivating. Very good presentation skills. Thank you!”

“Really enjoyed the course. Loved the fast paced and quick thinking approach. Very useful.”

“Excellent and informative-some great ideas when left nothing in the classroom.”

“Very interesting course. Liked the strategies presented.

Very well delivered, very enjoyable and interesting. Thank you.”

“Brilliant course, engaging and informative with a mass of useful ideas easy to implement.”

“This course has given me lots of ideas and fresh ones to try out in the classroom. Thank you for an excellent course and an enjoyable day.”

“Really enjoyable to listen to and learn new ways to start a lesson and have a backup for lessons.”

"Very energetic and engaging session. Lots of relevant, practical and useful tips. Thank you!”

"Very worthwhile and will improve my future lessons and (hopefully) give me that confidence to be the best Supply Teacher possible to the benefit of both the students and myself.”

“Extremely engaging! Absolutely amazing content.”

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