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Supply Teacher Seasonal Blues

Lynne is a Secondary Teacher with QTS who is currently working in schools through Protocol Education in Bristol. In her first Protoblog of the 2013 she discusses seasonal blues, and the temptations the slower supply months bring with them.

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Seasonal Blues
 
It's that time of the year when a supply teacher often agonises whether joining another agency would be a good move. Those nice people at Protocol Education have not rung, the credit card companies want payment for the Christmas shopping and the weather is unspeakably cold and miserable. Something needs to be done.
 
When I first retired from full-time teaching two years ago I applied to an agency, was interviewed and accepted, then waited. When the work started to come in I noted, as I signed into each school's visitors' book, that my supply colleagues were coming from a variety of agencies. I got talking to them over coffee and was recommended to Protocol Education. They, too, took me on.
 
Supply work is always slow at the start of terms. Teachers go back refreshed and energised and casual absences are filled by cover supervisors. I know all this but in the past it has not stopped me signing up with other agencies just in case they have special connections. If they have, it's because they pay their teachers poorly and undercut the reputable agencies and some schools are under such pressure as far as budgets are concerned they don't care.

Initially I, too, was tempted but decided undermining the teaching profession was not something of which I was proud.
 
So I shall just have to wait till the flu bugs get going and the phone starts ringing.

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