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Great Things about Daily Supply

Follow Amy  as she documents her experiences supply teaching in South London Primary schools and Nurseries through Protocol Education.

The Great (and less great) Things about Daily Supply

After completing a short term supply post. I am now fully involved in day to day supply. I thought since I hadn't blogged for a while it would be a good idea to share my thoughts on daily supply, good things and the bad things based on what I've experienced.

Great things about daily supply:

  • You never get too involved with the management/politics of a school which occur in every workplace on a day-to-day basis
  • You meet a huge variety of people and have great chats with them. A lot of teachers and others who work in schools are interested in what it is like being a supply teacher. They want to know which agency you are with  and all about what it's like. It's great to be able to share the benefits and the downsides with others. You also get lots of practical advice from people about teaching and hear all about them!
  • Sometimes when you do a good job people are really grateful. I've been told by teachers that they loved my behaviour management with the children or that they loved the feedback notes I left them. Class teachers are not praised enough in my view and freely flowing positive feedback does make SUCH a difference. You are starting with a blank canvas and people are grateful when you do a good job as you are making their jobs easier!
  •  I (luckily) have been sent to really nice schools mostly. I did have one not so great day and knowing that you can leave at 4.30 and not go back is a very comforting feeling...
  • It's easier to stipulate where you want to work compared to other jobs and I have managed to stay very local - meaning I get home early and don't have any travel costs
  • When you get to know schools and start to get asked back, it makes the whole experience a lot easier and less daunting
  • You get experience of the curriculum and teaching across the entire age range from nursery to year 6

Less great things

  • I do miss having 'regular' workmates - you don't build as tight a community as when you in one school and doing daily work you have less opportunities for establishing a team and working with that team
  • When you are in a new school for the first time you have to absorb a lot of information very quickly, but on the upside, what is surprising is how many similarities there are between the way different schools operate in terms of their routines
  • Occasionally, you can bear the brunt of a difficult parent, get caught in the crossfire between management and class teachers, or encounter a minority of people who think that it's okay to not be particularly polite or thoughtful just because you are a supply teacher.The good news is that you don't dwell on this much beyond the incident and swiftly move on.

To summarise, for me, the best thing about daily supply is that you get paid to do your best possible job within a short space of time. You usually get the recognition you deserve for this and then you're free to not have to think about school during the evenings. You can easily leave behind the events of the day without having to worry about ofsted/reports/assemblies/displays etc!

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