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First experience of supply teaching

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by abl21, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Hi, I am an NQT who is unable to get a job and has signed on with a supply agency. It is not what I want to do, and I am worried about being rung up first thing to go and teach in a school I don't know when I am so new to it all. I would be grateful for any guidance from more experienced colleagues, especially as to what to expect - should I be prepared to teach any class on any topic from scratch, or would there be work left? Any advice as to the type of work that is easy to adapt? (My subject is English, secondary level). Many thanks.

  2. Hi I have 13 years experience and I am just as scared as you of doing supply. I've relocated to another area after my husband's redundancy so don't even have any contacts/friends in schools who can help me out. The exact work will depend on the school's need - there may be work left or you may be expected to do the lesson yourself. Reading all of the other supply-related posts is very depressing! I think once you have done a day/few days you should feel a lot better. Every school is different and you have to look at the positives, what you are learning each time even if what you learn is just what you DON'T want in a permanent job. And it's all money although I know myself this is not enough if you're having a **** day/week. Adaptable work would be things like word games/tasks. An ex-colleague had something called Story starters where the kids are given the start of the story and have to carry it on (orally or written). I'm not an English specialist so am guessing here - short plays to read? Poetry? Write a story/report about an object or photo you show them? I'm sure there are many resources here on TES. Good luck!
  3. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    There should be cover work left for each class you take. BUT with teachers being human this isn't always the case so its a good move to take some ideas with you, either on a memory stick or some worksheets that can be photocopied , for emergency use.
    Most schools will appreciate having someone who can calmly step in in situations like this without fuss and its the sort of thing that will get you asked back. It also strengthens the case for using qualified and subject specific supply teachers to cover an absence when possible over unqualified staff.

    Be prepared for anything because its a strong chance thats what you will get (which is what makes supply teaching far more interesting then regular teaching). [​IMG]


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