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It's the Autumn term and we are beginning to look back on the summer holidays as a distance memory. Samantha checks in and let's us know where she is at right now. 

We are back and in the swing of the new term, classes are running smoothly and you know where to find every classroom, exercise book and member of staff, right? No? Good because I knew I was not the only one.

I feel the yearly term goes a little like this, September, swimming frantically trying not to drown, November, paddling safely, the festive season is in sight. January, drowning trying to remember how to swim, March, trying to breath with the fishes and then we slowly come up for air as the sunshine comes out again, just to start it all over again. Oh dear that’s not a pretty picture is it.

Let’s move on to something more positive, the students. Being back in the same school in September and watching the students who have transformed over the holidays is fascinating. The year ‘eights’ that have suddenly grown four inches and progressed massively in knowledge and social skills to wonderful, chatty and unfocused year ‘nines.’. It’s like the summer holidays are there to feed them magic beans that allow all of the information we taught last year to sink in.

The fresh faced year ‘seven’s’ that will still look confused until the half term and the year ‘eleven’s’ who suddenly take on an air of being a responsible young adult overnight it seems. They all seem to know what’s going on and their place in the system, but I don’t.

I am still doing the same role I did last year, but they have started using a new system, a different way to deliver homework and as perusal in drama, a brand new scheme of work for the entire year. So that’s a new play or theme for each year group for each half term. That makes a total of 17 units of work to be delivered through the year, that’s a scary number!

I most certainly do not know where all my exercise books are yet, or what days my form classes have assembly and more importantly I have forgotten what I like to bring for lunch. I am sure I will be fine after Halloween. 

This is the beauty of supply work, you are forgiven for not knowing the ways in which each schools procedures differ. You don’t have to know which students have their photo day next week or what time the after school netball trials start. You can go into the classroom, teach a lesson that is pre-planned for you and immerse yourself in the joys of teaching a class, watching them beginning to understand the concept you are teaching. You can mark the books and head home safe in the knowledge that the school you are in next will be pretty much be the same and there is always a kind student willing to show you to a classroom when you have lost one of those.

Today, I lost an entire class of year ‘seven’ students, it turned out they were in the hall having their photographs done for the school identification systems. It makes sense really, I mean no teacher can lose an entire class of students, don’t be silly.

We would like to know how you are finding the Autumn Term so far. Email Megan ( for more information on how you can get involved. 

Samantha is secondary drama teacher and is currently in a long-term role in East London.

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

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