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Forming Relationships in Long Term Placements


Beth is a Secondary  teacher working in schools in Leicester through Protocol Education. Her first Protoblog reflects on the enthusiastic welcome she received when she returned to a school she had been placed at long term, this time as daily supply cover! 
An Unexpected Bonus: Forming Relationships in Longer-Term Supply Work
I had a lovely experience the other week, and it struck me as something that I hadn't expected when I initially signed up for supply work with Protocol Education.
Up until Christmas, I was placed full time in a lovely welcoming department, covering for a maternity leave. The placement was a great opportunity, giving me lots of new experience and I found the school generally really supportive. They even gave me a formal goodbye at the end of term, and the department gave me a lovely farewell card and gift.
Unsurprisingly, I was delighted to be asked to return to this same school for a day, even though it was on a cover supervisor rather than English supply basis. This term I have a four-days-a-week booking, so the odd additional day doing something different is quite welcome. I was looking forward to popping into the department to say hello, and wondering whether I'd see any of the pupils I'd got to know.
My great day started in the staff room, going over the plan for the day. Several different members of staff greeted me as they walked through. This continued in the corridors, with the odd student greeting as I made my way to the first lesson. Even three little Year 7 cheeky chappies who'd been a bit of a challenge managed a cheerily-chorused "Hello, Mrs Kemp"!
Covering a Year 10 Science lesson (a first for this English specialist!) was made considerably easier due to the fact that I knew about a third of the class, and I spent a lovely lunch time catching up in the English office.
When I started supply work in September, I really didn't expect to have the opportunity to forge relationships. Long term placements can definitely offer the best of all worlds.
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