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We've come to the end of National Supply Teacher Week today. Let's catch up with a few supply teachers before the day ends. Samantha shares her love of supply. 

1. What do you love about doing supply work?
Supply work gives freedom and flexibility with the opportunity to discover different types of schools and areas to work in. I would recommend it to any teacher, I went straight into supply after qualifying and it was more valuable than an NQT year.

2. What three bits of advice would you give other teachers and support workers who might be considering supply work?
Do it! The best advice I can give to a supply teacher is to be organised, be ready to work every day, anywhere and in as many subjects as possible this way you will always work and find areas of teaching ability that you never knew you had.

3. What do you always make sure you have with you?

  1. I would always carry a pencil case with me that had the basic supplies of stationary and so forth. It would also hide my mints, phone, inhaler and sometime a sweet or two. When working in a big school walking back to the staffroom for said items is sometimes impossible, so keep them with you.
  2. Always bring a lunch, many schools today are moneyless schools and you cannot buy a lunch. Working through to 3.30 with no food makes for a miserable day.
  3. Always bring a bottle of water, tea bags and a mug or coffee depending on your preference. Many wonderful teachers would offer me a cup of tea only to not be able to find a mug. I love a good cup of tea and find I like teaching a lot less without one.

BONUS ITEM: take a smile and some general conversation, making friends daily is a wonderful feeling and if they like you they will often book you again. Supply teaching in many places can feel isolated so talking and socialising in the staff room makes this easier.

4. How did you hear about Protocol Education and what do you like about us?
I found Protocol Education through a basic internet search. I loved their efficiency; it felt straight away as though they wanted me to work. I wasn’t fighting for their attention. There are all friendly and kind to speak to, knowing the answer to everything; they are also very understanding to personal circumstances.

5. Anyone you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my mum and my pet cat…only joking, all of the Protocol Education staff are amazing!


Tags: Samantha, Bromley, Secondary, drama, NSTW, supply, daily, teacher

Category: Australian Teachers


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