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The Makings of a Good Supply Teacher

The Makings of a Good Supply Teacher
Here at Protocol Education we know the type of Supply Teacher our schools are impressed by. Often, a lot of little things can add up to an impressive (and less stressful!) supply day. Some of them may sound obvious, but you would be surprised how many teachers forget these basics, and are not asked back to schools as a result.
Be flexible: Supply teaching by nature can be unpredictable, so take work where you can and don’t turn your nose up at half days or support work in slower periods. If you do a good job you could be asked back for a full day! Recruitment consultants are always impressed by teachers who get stuck in and your name will be fresh in their minds when more work comes in!
Be Reliable: Always plan your journey, be sure to take the details of the assignment with you and take a good old fashioned A-Z map book with you if you don’t own a phone that can get you onto Google maps! Being late, especially if the assignment has been pre-booked will put you on the wrong footing with the school immediately and you may be flustered when you finally arrive.
Be Prepared: This can make an incredible difference to your supply day. Make sure you have your CRB and ID with you – most of our client schools will not let a teacher into a classroom without having checked these! Always take pre-prepared work with you as a back –up in case you find there is no work set. This is where our friends at Twinkl could help. It’s a good idea to take a selection of board pens, pens and pencils too in case these are in short supply.
Be Adaptable: Always follow lesson plans where set and be sure to communicate with and show respect for the support assistants – find out their responsibilities and discuss how to work together. In our experience, a good report from the TA often means a request back.
Be Thorough: Leave the classroom tidy, mark ALL the work, leave feedback for the regular class teacher, ensure all pupils under your care leave safely and report any incident, however minor, to the contact before you leave.
Be Poilte:
Thank the contact before you leave. If you have a good day or were particularly impressed by something, say so! Compliments and courtesy can go a long way. Be sure to ask whether you are required back the next day.
Be HAPPY!!!: Enthusiasm is underrated in supply. I can’t count the number of times a school has refused to have a teacher back because, “they just looked miserable and bored the whole day”. Face each new challenge with a smile and be pro-active!

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