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Things To Do On Your Days Off

Sometimes you might not get the call for supply work or it's time for a Christmas break. If you find yourself stuck for things to do, take a look at what Sophie suggests. 

When you don’t get a call it could seem like there is nothing to do but laze around, but here are just a few ideas to keep you busy. One thing that I have recently done is to keep in contact with other people on supply that I have met at different schools. It may be that the agency have had a quiet day and other people may be in the same position as you. You could take this time to go and explore the city, there is amazing history in Bristol ready and waiting to explore. It gives you great experiences that you can take into schools and may be a fun day out.

From University I had a subject knowledge folder and for me on some days off I like to build on this. It covers all subjects and allows me to keep connected with the curriculum. There are fantastic websites out there and if you have the time it is worth exploring them to learn things you are not quite so sure of. For me this has really improved my knowledge and my confidence on the supply register. I used to worry about having to teach specific lessons; on the supply register you will have to teach such a wide variety of lessons in many different ways so your subject knowledge is crucial.

I like to be really productive in my time off and get some more qualifications. The great thing about supply is your evenings are free to do something with. There is a great website called FutureLearn and it is free to do online courses and gain extra qualifications. You pay for the certificate if you want proof and it is a simple way to improve your abilities. This also means that when there is not a chance to get involved in schools you can still be adding to your professional development. It gives you something to add to your CV and you have spent your time wisely.

I am currently looking for teacher jobs so one thing that I do on my days off is visit schools. I look at the job vacancies that are available and I see which schools offer a visit. I then ring up and see if I can visit the school. It is much better to go in the day to see the school properly rather than going after when the children have gone home as you get a true feel of the environment.

A good way of getting into schools is volunteering and helping out. It is great to have a few contacts with schools so if no work comes in you can ring up and see if they need any help. It is a good way of knowing schools and allowing them to get to know you. It then keeps you busy and it is something you enjoy doing. It also gives you valuable experience as you can observe others in their job role and learn from them. So when you don’t get a call in the morning there are plenty of things you can do.

What do you do on your days off? let us know by emailing Megan ( 

Tags: SophieW, NQT, Bristol

Category: Australian Teachers

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