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Register - Paper versus Digital

Lynne is a Secondary Teacher with QTS who is currently working in schools through Protocol Education in Bristol. It's not always easy stepping in to cover classes for someone and Lynne shares her view on what is often the first hurdle you come across on a supply day. 

Register – Paper versus Digital

I was sent to a school last term which, since my last assignment there more than a year ago, has metamorphosed into an academy. I have written on other occasions how I feel about academies and this one did not change my views.

It has been painted inside and out and there are fancy signs everywhere. The carpets and furniture are all new. The pupils all wear blazers and ties which they constantly unclip. (Gone are the days of proper ties for health and safety reasons). Yet the classrooms are the same classrooms and the pupils are the same pupils. The changes are largely superficial. What is different is that there are computers everywhere and they have to be used, even by supply teachers.

I am not a technophobe but my heart always sinks when I go into a school and have to do the register on SIMS. In this case at the start of every lesson in a different room I had to log on to the computer with one login and password, then on to SIMS with another login and password and then I had to personalise the password, identify the teacher I was covering and finally look at the class list.

And what were the said classes doing whilst I was going through this rigmarole? The Year 9 boys were rolling on the floor playfighting. One of the Year 8 boys tipped the contents of a sandwich over a girl's head and she ran out (you couldn't make it up). Every lesson started unsatisfactorily.

If I have a paper register I stand at the front of the class, not crouch behind the screen. I call the register and take a good look at each respondent. I have a list of names in front of me. I am in control from the outset which is as it should be.

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