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Reflection on the Supply Register

Sophie reflects on her year supply teaching and how she has found it. 

When I came out of University I panicked, I did not have a permanent role and decided it would be best to go on the supply register. I did not want to do this but after a year I can honestly say it is the best thing I have ever done. For anyone considering this commitment I would thoroughly recommend it as supply work is a great opportunity.

Being a supply teacher has helped me get my foot into schools and understand how different schools work. It has shown me schools which I would love to apply for and schools which just are not for me. I think if you are new to the area this is a great way to find out about different schools. It has given me so much confidence in my own ability and it is great to get good feedback from schools. If your placements were not in different years it gives you this experience and different ways of teaching. The supply register has brought me more subject knowledge as I have handled situations that I never thought I could.

I now feel closer to the right role for me with my experience and the many skills the supply register has taught me about myself and my teaching. I have really enjoyed my time at different schools and it has been interesting to meet new people. I have met lots of teachers and got lots of new perspectives on the role and how to create a motivating and engaging curriculum. As an NQT this was so good for me at the start of my career and an invaluable experience. Although some people see going to lots of schools a chore, I really think has helped developed me as a teacher and help me to build on my professional ability. The supply register gives you the flexibility to work when you want to and get the most out of the job.

I feel that with supply work you can do the job and truly help the children succeed without the added pressures of the job. I feel that supply teachers can really make a difference to the children in the time you are at the school. I haven’t been stressed or under pressure I have simply enjoyed the job that I set out to do. So for everyone considering this route, from someone who has done it for a year I would truly recommend this. 

Sophie is a primary teacher who is currently working with our Bristol branch. Sophie has become a regular blogger for Protocol Education and she covers a wide range of topics.

Tags: SophieW, Bristol, NQT, teacher, supply

Category: Australian Teachers

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