Supply teachers view
I had planned to do supply teaching work but in my first week of looking for work I went to a job interview through teachweb. I liked the staff and support I got from the school, so I accepted a long term supply teaching position up until summer break. Rick had warned me that it was a challenging group of students at the school and they didn’t disappoint. Looking back I had completely thrown myself in the deep end (new career, new country, new school), but I had great support from the school and great teachers around me to offer advice and support. It was an extremely steep learning curve but a great supply teaching experience.
Supply teaching with teachweb and living in London - Sarah, Australia
Australian supply teacher
It would be worthwhile to develop some background knowledge of the education system in London, and also doing some homework on the different regions of London (East, West, North, South). The London schools that I taught in were highly multicultural, and often this observed students who had difficulty with the English language.
I am a trained Health and Physical Education teacher, but I taught a whole range of subjects. In PE students hold 99 percent of their interest in football (soccer), so teaching any alternative can be challenging.
Some days are good, other days not so good – just like any job. I was presented with the opportunity to teach longer term at two of the London schools I worked at, and if I was staying longer I would have considered this. My recommendation is if possible, make a longer commitment to one or a couple of schools and work to develop a relationship with staff and students. Over time this will have benefits. Unfortunately due to my short time commitment I as unable to do this.
Supply teaching and London - Casey, Australia - Part 4