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Friendly Neighbourhood Supply-woman

Have you run into a supply teacher? Hannah strongly encourages you to strike up a conversation with them.

When in schools, I often come across other supply teachers (usually from Protocol Education as that’s the agency the school is obviously using), and they are often very new. Not just to the school, but sometimes to the UK or even teaching. I think it’s so important that when we run into each other, we look after each other as best as we can.

Some schools are brilliant at explaining where the staff room and toilets are. But sometimes the staff room is too daunting in a huge school, and sometimes you just forget. When I see the bright red visitor lanyard hanging loosely from a lost person, I try to ask if they’re doing supply as well, and how it’s going for them. A friendly face in a new environment can make an otherwise daunting day a little easier. Supply work can be lonely  for those of us that are new to the city we are working in, and while the school’s main staff obviously know each other and are busy with their tasks, we often have the time at some point during the day to stop and have a friendly chat.

Next time you’re in school and you spy someone who might be a supply teacher or support assistant, ask them. It’s nice to have colleagues and that sense of team when working somewhere one or both of you don’t really know. I didn’t always have the time when I was in my permanent post, but often now I spend my lunchtimes marking and would be happy for the company.

Hannah has only recently become a blogger for Protocol Education. Did you catch her previous blog? You will find it here

Tags: Hannah, Bristol, primary, teacher

Category: Australian Teachers

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