Learn through us, we have been teaching in supply roles for 9 years, don’t make all of the same blunders we did!
Daily Supply Advice
Effective daily teachers are rare – become one and you will get more work, more fulfillment and better rates of pay – we do recognise teachers who go that bit farther – and schools are quick to point out who works hard. Here are a few tips to help you endear yourself to your employers!
Turn up early – use the time to collect work from the heads of department or liaise with them
Take a packed lunch – it’s cheaper (and probably tastier!) than a school meal and you don’t have to queue for it! It also means that if your need to sanction pupils at break – they go hungry while you eat!
Make sure you have class-lists – a list of names give you much more control of your classes
Learn pupil’s names – not the whole class, but learn five while introducing the lesson through a question and answer session on the topic or school
When pupil’s ask whether you are a supply teacher – tell them anything but admit to that. I like to say “no I am a human being”, because admitting to being a supply teacher can be taken to mean otherwise!
- unless it affects everyone’s learning deal with it at the end of the lesson, in the mean time, get the majority on task.
- handling detention; in the absence of the cane detention is almost the only negative consequence you can use, accept that you cannot sanction each student after your first lesson, but prioritise 3 or 4 students.Word spreads fast among pupils and other staff that you mean what you say. Trying to detain too many results in chaos.
Teach actively – grasp the subject matter and teach it, you should be a step ahead of the kids in almost all subject areas. Do not simply write work on the board and leave them to it.
Tidy classroom – in practice, allow 10 minutes to tidy classroom at the end of the lesson. Good marks go to daily teachers who leave tidy classrooms
Lists of naughty pupils – fight battles you can win. Do not accumulate a list of 40 “naughty” pupils to leave with your contact at the end of the day. That’s lots of work for them. Pick the naughtiest 2 children and keep them behind (if lesson end with a break) or follow school procedure.