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A Tale of Two Schools

We have our ups and downs working at different schools. Lynn points out some of the stark differences between some of the schools she has worked in. 

A Tale of Two Schools - Working in the Parallel Universe

As a supply teacher it is interesting (or should that be fascinating) seeing other schools, elements of good practice  and often, ideas that you can use yourself. Alas, it is not always that way.

These are some of the best elements of the schools I've worked in .

  • Super friendly staff - not just the teachers but the support staff who pass you a mug, point you to the direction of the coffee and generally make you feel very welcome, even if it is for a few hours
  • A guide to the school, policies, procedures and a map!
  • A timetable
  • Support staff that give you the lowdown on the students and kitchen staff that sort you a meal out and don't mind you asking what's in the pie, quiche, salad
  • Classroom teachers that have left you everything you need, resources, colour coded seating plans, SEN info, crayons and showed you where the sources of support are and the classroom routines.
  • Headteachers that come to say hi and thank you for helping them out
  • All of the above - smiles all round and a good day guaranteed for all

If this does not convince you - think of the alternative reality!

  • A school impossible to get into
  • A school that's impossible to find (yep we know the postcode is wrong on the website!)
  • A school where parking spaces are reserved - not literally but x always parks there etc
  • Staff room seats that are also reserved - maybe they should have a towel on them?
  • Children fighting on the drive as you drive in
  • Timetables that change by the hour because you are in for the day / week - testing the limits of your flexibility
  • A sign on the door telling you that weapons are banned - then a description about what constitutes a weapon
  • Metal detectors - not just in the library!
  • Keys / swipes missing so that you can't into the classroom, let alone the toilet.
  • Children allowed to be rude as you are a cover teacher - not a real one. I once asked a child to sit down, a reasonable request that was met with "stick it up you a***hole" - but he's allowed to do that as you are not his class teacher, said the deputy head!

I have seen all of these on my educational journey- fortunately most schools that I've worked in have been fantastic places to work, but I have been subjected to all of the alternative realities.

Do you have smiliar stories to tell? Would you like to share them? Email Megan ( for more information on how to get involved in our blogs. 

Lynn is a secondary teacher who lives and works near Leicester. She has recently joined our blogging team and welcome her on board. 

Tags: LynnB, Leicester, Supply

Category: Australian Teachers

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