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How to Make the Most of Supply Teaching

Wise words by Sophie who gives us tips for making the most of supply teachin - you never know where it may lead!

It is often easy as a supply teacher to feel like you’re not as important or you do not need to make an impression as your only there for a day but first impressions really do count.  You never know you could end up there on a longer term supply or even a job opportunity so impressions count. To start with look smart and dress appropriately. Come prepared and try to be early so you have already made a good start before you even start work.

Make the most of the time you have at the school, truly get involved in school life and help the children out as best as possible. Smile as much as possible and get involved. Ask if they need you to go on duty or need you in assembly, it is these little things they will really appreciate. A big thing for me is talking to the other teachers. It is great to share stories and see how they have reached where they are today and just get a feel for the school. It is so easy to rush the marking at lunch time so you can leave early but eating lunch in the staffroom is one thing that teachers really will notice. You will not get your face known hiding away but if you interact and they get to know you as a person they may leave good feedback and you may get to go back there.

Never leave the marking for the teacher. A teacher will really appreciate it if the classroom is tidy and the marking is done in order to show that you have done the job properly. It is helpful to leave a handover note and let them know how well the children understood the lessons and how they behaved. One thing I have heard supplies do is talk about the school and policies and have their own opinions about this. Just remember who you are talking to and keep professional. I have had experiences which I have not liked and have not felt comfortable in just remember to talk to the agency and not worry.

The agency staff are lovely and will make sure you have the best experience on the supply register; if you did not like a day or you prefer different ages then let them know. One thing I have learnt is to always have a go, I always say yes to a school even if I’m worried and make my own opinion rather then what I have heard. So my advice to everyone is to have a go because you never know it may be suited to you and how you like to teach.

Got your own tips and advice? Email Megan mparsons@protocol-education.com for more information on how to share them. 


Tags: SophieW, Bristol, NQT, teacher, supply

Category: Australian Teachers


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