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A Day in the Life of a Supply Teacher

It goes by many names, from; Supply, Emergency, Casual Relief Teaching, however it is quite similar to what you would expect in Australian Schools and there are no huge differences.
In an ideal world you will be pre-booked by your UK Consultant, meaning you will know a day or two in advance where you’re teaching, how to get there and what year level you will be working with. If not and you’re ready to work be PROACTIVE. Ring your Consultant from 7am and inform them you are raring to go – lunch box packed – ready to rock! Your Consultant will give you travel details (Tube, train, bus, walk) if for some reason you get lost or delayed simply ring your Consultant and they will inform the school you will be a bit late.
Once at the school you will be shown around – classroom, staff-room, resources, bell times, discipline policy and the lessons you will be delivering for the day. 9 times out of 10 the work will be left from the regular teacher, however BE PREPARED! Carry a memory stick choc-a-bloc full of powerpoint presentations, quizzes, fillers, activities and other lessons you’ve taught previously – they will all work with British students. You can’t play dodge-ball all day unfortunately.
Following a successful day of Supply Teaching you will be expected to leave the classroom as you found it and any work completed by students ready for assessment. Other staff are usually very helpful and willing to support you through the day. More than likely you will be requested back to the school…from little things big things grow.

Tags: supply, emergency, casual, relief, resources, lessons

Category: Overseas Trained Teachers

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