What is the Institute of Supply Teachers (IoST)?

The Institute of Supply Teachers (IoST) is a free collaborative network specifically designed for Supply Teachers. The IoST supports the voice, rights, and very importantly, the professional development of Supply Teachers. Each Supply Teacher signed up to the IoST will have free access to online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training through the Teacher Learning Camp (TLC) portal. The IoST will also provide opportunities for Supply Teachers to access products and services at discounted prices. 


Why was the Institute of Supply Teachers created?

The IoST wholly supports and celebrates the work of Supply Teachers. The IoST will maintain and enhance satisfaction for those working in the supply sector through providing access to free CPD via the Teacher Learning Camp. Such CPD is not always available to our Supply Teachers elsewhere. Supply is used in almost every school, supporting when permanent teaching staff are absent or when taking on long-term contracts to fill teaching vacancies. With reports suggesting that 44% of all teachers hope to leave the profession in the next five years, high-quality Supply Teachers are essential to maintain quality education standards.

Being on supply can be challenging, experiencing the same classroom challenges that permanent teachers do: challenging behaviour, complex special needs, breadth of ability, and understanding in the class. Regular and relevant CPD is needed to meet the changing needs of the classroom. The IoST offers free online CPD to supply teachers with relevant topics to help teach effectively. The Teacher Learning Camp is accessible to those who sign up to the IoST, with relevant modules organised in an easy-to-read format. It's great news that Supply Teacher CPD is now available.


How do I join the Institute of Supply Teachers?

Simply complete the registration form. IoST membership is free of charge and gives you immediate access to free CPD. It's that easy and there are no strings attached. Click the button below to get started.

The Institute of Supply Teachers (IoST) Portal is easy to navigate. The menu system is intuitive making it extremely user friendly. Once you have created your account, you will be ready to access the content available to you- including the free CPD.

At a click of a button, you can see the CPD you have completed and what CPD is available to you through the Teacher Learning Camp. All of your learning will be logged and you will be able to see the digital badges you have achieved.