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Emma is a Teaching Assistant who works for Protocol Education in Wolverhampton.

The summer is drawing to a close and there is an audible sigh of relief from parents everywhere, as sad little faces shop for new uniforms.  But also from my own humble abode. Yes! Finally a chance to return to work.  My job is very different from the average worker, who lumbers off to work on their daily grind, the same office, the same predictable day.  Punch in at nine, punch out at five. 

They don’t know the excitement of the unpredictability of supply work. Where will I be next? A quiet, quaint country school surrounded by the bleating of sheep? Or an inner city school surrounded by the hustle and bustle of cars, commuters and shoppers? Will I be working with four year olds, introducing them to phonics, opening up a whole new world of communication hidden within symbols. Or working with year six guiding them towards the dreaded SATs and drawing to a close all that they have learned. 

There is no predictability in the job of a day to day supply worker.  I don’t even know if I’ll be working on any given day, or spending the day in my pyjamas, eating cookies and catching up on the new series of Breaking Bad.  Every day is different and that’s both the beauty and curse. After all you don’t get paid to watch TV and bills still need paying!

Even when working on long term supply though there is no predictability in working with children. Each day is different as each of the children bring their own idiosyncrasies and unique personalities into the classroom. Unfortunately in this job you are always walking in some one else’s shoes and eventually they'll be wanted back!  Then it’s on to the next challenge, with my head held high after a job well done.

One day I hope I’ll find a place at a school for myself, just for me.  Until then I go with the flow, wherever the need may be, wherever the class and whatever the area.   Where shall I be next week? Next month or even next year? I don’t know. But I know I will go there with excitement of all the possibilities of the day. After all, life is too short for predictability.

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