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Continuing with our interviews with supply teachers, we caught up with Meg and asked about her experiences as a supply teacher with Protocol Education.

1) What do you love about doing supply work?

Supply work is great if your focus is to travel, you finish early, there are no strings attached. You turn up, teach for the day, make sure you mark the books and then leave, the latest I ever left was 4.30pm. Supply is also great for the chance to see other classes, and different ideas and systems.

2) What three bits of advice would you give other teachers and support workers who might be considering supply work?

  • Be flexible. Your agent may tell you that it’s going to be a year 3 class and you may turn up to a reception class.
  • Get to know your teaching assistants they know the run of the classroom, much better than what we do, ask them, listen to their advice and always say thank you at the end of the day.
  • Try to have a smile on your face, and be bright and cheery. Yes the students will try to play with the fact that they have got a supply teacher, try not to let it ruin your day.
  • If you live in London, city mapper is the best app to have on your phone. It’s time are usually accurate, and gives you good directions to the school.

3) What do you always make sure you have with you?

This varies greatly for each person, if you have got a few years’ experience under your belt then you can usually make up an hour lesson easily. All classes have picture books, if you don’t know activities to do with picture books try to google it and learn some ideas. Or you could have a picture book that you rely on most days, and take with you. I like to have bubbles with me, bubbles are a fun interactive tool to have for all ages. You can do a writing lesson, science and art in bubbles. If you were in KS1 you could also then make some maths’ bubble questions. I find that also having a whistle, and a pencil case with a green pen in is really important. All schools I have come across mark in green. Otherwise, word searches and activities like that are always great to have as time fillers.

4) How did you hear about Protocol Education and what do you like about us?

I found Protocol Education on Google. I like that you have an easy online timesheet system with the schools.

5) Anyone you would like to thank?

Claire in NZ is great, she is super helpful and makes the transition easy.

To find our more about what is going on during National Supply Teacher Week click here.

Tags: Meg, London, New-Zealand-Trained,

Category: Australian Teachers

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