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A kind of promotion?

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Lara mfl 05, May 17, 2011.

  1. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Wow, surfbus, that really is acceptance! I'd been several terms at a school doing a variety of short-term covers & they still referred to me as 'just a supply'!
  2. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Don't, whatever you do, confirm that you're still doing supply cover.
    I've realised too late in my supply career (no long-term woek for 2 years now) that I should have lied through my teeth from the outset when asked if I was a supply teacher by the pupils.
    I always used to be scrupulous about telling them that Miss X or Mrs Y was on sick leave and I was standing in for 2 weeks, a month etc. It does you no good as some just see it as a temporary period when they can mess around.
    I now think we should say that we are regular teachers at the school who will be their regular teacher for the forseeable future. "When's Miss/Sir coming back?" could be responded to with the news that there is no planned return date yet.
    I have avoided the usual treatment of supply teachers in the past in two ways. I told one set of classes that I was a consultant teacher ( with multiple specialisms) appointed by the Local Authority to step in at short notice when their teachers were absent and I hadthe most blissful day of compliant hardworking pupils at one school where it turned out that I have the same surname as one of the deputy heads.
    The first class asked if I was married to Mr 'Jubilee' and I confirmed that I was. The news spread quickly around school and subsequent classes didn't even ask me the question but put their heads down and worked hard.I have pondered whether I should check out the names and ages of other male SMT when I arrive at schools and then adopt a new surname for the day when dealing with pupils!
  3. Fantastic!
    What about, Outstanding Peripatetic Consultant Advanced Skills Teacher = OPCAST=supply teacher! [​IMG]


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