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Interview with a Supply Teacher - Miranda

Miranda has worked as a supply teacher with us for a while now. She gives an an insight into why she loves it. 

1. What do you love about doing supply work?

I love the freedom to be able to teach across the primary curriculum, to teach EYFS one day and Year 6 the next. I enjoy opportunities to see how different areas of the curriculum are approached so differently by the various schools I work for. I magpie this knowledge away for future teaching roles.

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

  1. Be prepared for the unexpected...but don't stress about it. Teaching and support staff based at your school are there to keep the wheels on the track, just as much as you are.
  2. Tie your hair back. They're everywhere!
  3. Bring your own teabags. There's some tight budgets out there. And I'm being very polite here.

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

Rewards. Stickers, Mr Men cards, tokens that will earn children points for a good attitude to learning when they are with me. If I have nothing else, I'll have some kind of incentive for KS1-ers. I also have a lot of short literacy-based games to fool children into thinking they're having a slacker than usual day with a supply teacher.

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

I can hardly remember how I heard of Protocol Education now. I think I used to see the Protocol Education name in signing in books in the front-offices of a myriad of different schools and think, 'Ah, they're in here too are they?' The best thing about Protocol Education, is that they've got a huge range of local schools on their books and will equip the teacher with as much detail as they can about the class they're going to be working with.

5. Anyone you would like to thank?

I would like to thank the teaching assistants who work so efficiently with people like me. They know the timings of everything, the pet hates of the permanent class teacher, and the little loves who are most likely to 'kick off' at the sight of anyone new at the whiteboard...They are often the friendliest and most caring people I meet in my working days. All hail to you TAs!

Make sure you check our blogs to read more interviews with supply teachers. 


Tags: Miranda, Manchester, supply, NSTW

Category: Australian Teachers


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