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Blogging as a Supply Teacher

Lyn shares her own view on blogging as supply teacher in reaction to blog written by supply teacher Mike Stuchbery.

I read in the paper recently that Mike Stuchbery, the supply teacher who made headlines when he banned the word 'banter' in the classroom, has lost his job. Mr. Stuchberry wrote about the ban on a blog post saying that teenagers used the term 'banter' to explain away bullying or class disruption or bad manners. The post was published by TES online and picked up by national newspapers. You can see his blog post here.

However, his colleagues did not welcome the publicity and accused him of giving the impression that the behaviour at the school was poor. His departure followed shortly afterwards.

We supply teacher bloggers need to be careful if we do not want to risk our jobs. How often is it tempting to write about some shocking incident that happened in the course of our fun-filled days. We know it would make good copy. It will certainly entertain our friends over a meal or a drink in the coming week. But we refrain from making it public because we know that the school in question would not welcome us back and that those nice people at Protocol Education would not be too happy.

I learned my lesson many years ago in the pre-internet age. I wrote for the TES under a variety of aliases including Bill Powell, my cousin in Australia, but was sussed on several occasions.

One time I was teaching French in a women's prison and reported how visiting dignitaries would peer through the bars without coming in to talk to us and the women responded by making monkey gestures. That contract was ended. I had a regular column documenting the nonsense that was the governing body of which I was a member. They saw through my disguise and I was asked to leave.

Funnily enough the useless head teacher I had been writing about was also asked to leave shortly after. Then there was the fact that my husband had to attend our daughter's school's parents evenings on his own because I had likened the new head teacher to an insurance salesman.

So, nowadays, I take great care not to mock anything that matters to me.

Have you had similiar experiences and would like to blog about it? Email Megan ( for more information on how you can get involved. 

Tags: Lyn, Bristol, Secondary, supply

Category: Australian Teachers

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