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Interview with a Supply Teacher - Susan

Thinking about working as a supply teacher? Susan can tell you what she thinks of it and why it suits her.

1. What do you love about doing supply work?

Supply work gives you shorter hours, less planning, more flexibility. It's not always easy though, it can be demoralising and lonely.

2. What three bits of advice would you give other teachers and support workers who might be considering supply work?

I have high standards, just because you are only in for a short time, maybe a day, keep your expectations high. Kids see that you will follow the rules and are easier to manage. Give them an inch, they will take a mile! If you have a bad day, put it behind you, tomorrow is another day. Feedback any issues to the schools or Protocol Education so they can be dealt with for future supply or yourself returning. Never allow things to go wrong without letting someone know.

3. What do you always make sure you have with you?

I always have some work with me to keep me busy, some cover lessons are very boring. A board marker, writing pen, maybe some spares as often kids don't have their own.

4. How do you hear about Protocol Education and what do you like about us?

I heard of Protocol Education through a friend who was working for them. They do seem to get me a lot of work so I am kept busy.

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Tags: SusanW, Chelmsford, Secondary, NSTW

Category: Australian Teachers

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