Flourish Education Advice for Supply Teachers
Supply work is all about the relationships you build with schools
Most schools contact us for day to day and long term supply. Once your service is needed and you receive a call, you may be full of excitement but uncertainty about this new teaching gig. Take heart we're here to help you on your first day.
Get to see the actual place
First things first: Know the school’s location. Even if the call included a brief description of where you would go, it pays to know the exact location and the route to take in order to get there. This way, you won’t have to ask strangers for directions and risk being late on your very first supply day.
Get their contact info
It’s not enough to know where the school is. What if you were able to reach the place, but there was no one there to answer the door? When that happens, you have that number to turn to. Things can also happen on your way to the school. If you got stuck in traffic, you can call ahead to assure the school authorities that this won’t be an instance of a no-show.
Scour the Internet for background info
Not all schools are run the same way. Do research on what makes the school different from others. Are there special rules for teaching and learning? What kind of students does the school have? Access the school’s website. The online sites of organisations that conduct school inspections, such as OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills), are also a gold mine of information.
Pack the night before your supply day
If it’s the first time that you’re going to work, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and forget bringing your essentials. When a candidate goes on an assignment for us to a school, they must take photo ID, a DBS certificate and arrive on time. For a quick munch in between classes, take some chocolates and biscuits. You’ll do well with a water bottle, too. For supplies and for helping out neglectful students, have half a dozen of pencils in your bag. Bring crayons and paper for quizzes, writing or art exercises. You want to leave the impression that you’re kind, helpful, and well-prepared.
Be armed for “no planning” contingencies
Of course you’d expect the teacher you'll be covering for to leave notes on how the class should proceed, but unfortunately, “no planning” does happen and it happens even for bookings done many days in advance. So, always be ready for emergencies. Stimulate the class’s creative skills by telling them a story, or you can simply ask them to write about something — their family, pets, friends, or extracurricular activities.
Get to know others
Greet everyone you meet with a smile and politely inform them that you are a supply teacher and that you might ask for their assistance. Even if they’re busy, they will likely lend a helping hand to a friendly, respectful newcomer. Your number one stop: the reception staff. It’s where you can get a well of information on the school’s culture, whom to run to when students misbehave, and the names of important personages in the school’s hierarchy.
What sets us apart from other agencies?
Flourish Education take great care to ensure that we match the right primary school teacher to any given circumstance. So if you are looking for supply or permanent primary teacher jobs and you want to work for an organisation that truly values, and looks after its staff, we're the education recruitment agency for you.
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