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Daily Supply Work and the Informal Interview

Laura reminds us we should always make a good impression as you never know when a day of daily supply may turn into a long-term position. 

As schools are constantly needing and changing staff members, any day of supply work is a chance to impress and show off. A good impression within schools can lead to an interview for a long term position, or even better, simply getting hired. Here are my three reasons why daily supply work doubles as an informal interview.

  1. The Wandering Eye: Ever have the head teacher or a member of staff wander into the classroom just to make sure you’re okay, to open a window, or simply just to say hi, whilst carefully listening and keeping one eye on your lesson? Well I have! This could be the schools curiosity to ’check out’ your teaching skills and to see if you would be a ‘good fit’ in their school. 
  2. The Staffroom Chat: The staffroom may be a place to sit, eat, and get a break from the children; however it is also a chance to impress staff with your personality and knowledge of teaching. Joining in on staffroom conversations can make an excellent impression on staff and a chance for you to get noticed. 
  3. Becoming one of the “cool kids”:  On every supply day we have 30 something pairs of eyes staring and forming an opinion on our personality and the kind of teacher we are. Make a good impression on the children? They will be raving to their teacher about you. This can lead to not only being asked back to that school but giving you dibs on any long-terms that may arise from that school.

Next time you are journey on a day of supply work, keep in mind the “informal interview’!

Do you have your own tips for making a good impression while on daily supply? We would be interested in hearing about them. Simply email them through to teacherservices@protocol-education.com

Laura is a Canadian-trained primary teacher who works for Protocol Education in Cambridge. Laura has recently joined our blogging team and if you would like to read her debut blog 'The Supply Teachers Guide to the Galaxy' click here


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