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A quick question...

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by splinters, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Which would you prefer:
    A. Work but no guarantee of frequency teaching your specialist subject or area.
    B. Guaranteed daily work but teaching outside of your specialist subject.

    Lets presume its the same rate of pay each day regardless. Which one would you choose?

    And would you rather teach:
    1: your specialist subject in a challenging school
    2: A subject you are not trained to teach but in a nice, pleasant school.

    So a letter and a number as your answer.
  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi splinters

    Trust you are enjoying your heavenly school.

    My answer is

  3. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    I am indeed and my answer is the same although option C3, teaching my own subject in a nice school is always preferred. Just wondered what other considered more important.
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    My answer is also B2.
    I think the answers will always be 'swayed' towards the 'more pleasant' schools when on supply , as we know any challenging behaviour will always be exacerbated for a 'supply' anyway and therefore anything which makes it easier to actually deliver good quality education and learning is always the 'prime criteria'. I know for a permanent post the criteria may well be different.
  5. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    I don't know Lara, a few weeks ago I would have always put my subject first knowing that its easier to teach a class and change teaching methods when its a subject you know very well. I find its difficult to deliver lesson with conviction when you don't know the subject matter...kids often pick up on it too and then behaviour can deteriorate.
  6. horseykitty

    horseykitty New commenter

    B2 for me as well!
  7. WillyDjangoReinhardt

    WillyDjangoReinhardt Occasional commenter

    Splinters, I've had different priorities at different times.
    I have been bewildered and frustrated over the years with the lack of my own subject being offered to me. And consider myself to have done too many long term stints in things other than my own subject. Laughable really. Currently I relie to much on supply so it would always be the B2 option unless i esd heading back into a school. An option which becoming increasingly unlikely option for the future. At times only wish I could get out of this Hell. To be fair though when it's only B2 style supply you can and start and stop whenever and how ever you later like. On a different topic it nevers ceases to amaze how the general public appears to know so little of the rediculous hypocrisy in schools typically those with too many office staff and HR numpties etc culling teacher hours etc. I hate the way our country is going.
    splinters and Dd89 like this.
  8. Dd89

    Dd89 New commenter

    I agree.
    What astonishes me also how so many teachers are oblivious to such hypocrisy and problems in schools.
    It just goes to show that it is seldom what you know that gets you work in teaching.
    splinters and Kenmuir1 like this.
  9. Kenmuir1

    Kenmuir1 New commenter

    Indeed. Difficult times. Painful, very bleak and very difficult times for supply. It's going to get beyond repair. That's a guarantee
  10. historygrump

    historygrump Star commenter Forum guide

    I would have to go for B2 in that work is work and I do not mind what I am required to teach, if I am actually working.

    In respect to the other issue raised, my bug bear is schools that are top heavy with senior management, I cannot understand how schools can have a HT, a couple of deputy HT's and 3 or 4 assistant HT's, when in the past all they had was a HT and a deputy HT. I won't even go into the head of departments, then subject leaders and we must not forgot the new pastoral managers, who have replaced or are replacing the the Head of Year role, normally occupied by senior teachers, but unlike the teachers the new pastoral managers do not seem to be teachers, and so do not teach, like the traditional Head of Years. The money wasted on these roles could be invested in teachers and crucially qualified supply teachers if a teacher is unable to teach his or hers lessons.

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