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Frustrated & worried NQT on supply, anyone else feel the same?

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Poonie, Nov 30, 2011.

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    Hi everyone,


    I graduated this year and I've had 3 days of supply and did some long term
    supply, as a TA even though I am an NQT, before the half term.


    I was offered a 5 week contract in a special measures school in Year 1, which
    could possibly become permanent in January. The class had a year 3 teacher who
    babysat the class as obviously she wasn't experiences in KS1. The school wanted
    someone who had EY's experience as the children were so far behind. Also the
    school wanted someone to change the class and help the children to progress
    further. I worked there for 2 weeks with pretty much no support and felt like I
    was thrown in the deep end even though it was a temp position.


    However, before accepting the temp contract I had already booked a 1 week
    holiday, which the school were fine about as I am on supply. I went back to
    school on Tuesday and the head teacher wanted to know how I felt about working
    there in Jan, I was very honest and said I wouldn't be able to do it as I am an
    NQT and the class need an experienced teacher to make the right changes for the
    children. Plus I have had doubts about completing my NQT terms in a special
    measures school. The head teacher said it would be best if I left that day.


    I am really worried there doesn't seem to be any jobs. I have looked at
    council websites for jobs and there doesn't seem to be any for EY's or KS1 in Birmingham. I am debating
    whether to go abroad, has anyone considered it? Has anyone used their teaching
    to do something else? I am getting fed up with there being no jobs and supply
    being so patchy.


    Sorry to moan!! Any advice or words or wisdom would be good :)
     
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    Hi everyone,


    I graduated this year and I've had 3 days of supply and did some long term
    supply, as a TA even though I am an NQT, before the half term.


    I was offered a 5 week contract in a special measures school in Year 1, which
    could possibly become permanent in January. The class had a year 3 teacher who
    babysat the class as obviously she wasn't experiences in KS1. The school wanted
    someone who had EY's experience as the children were so far behind. Also the
    school wanted someone to change the class and help the children to progress
    further. I worked there for 2 weeks with pretty much no support and felt like I
    was thrown in the deep end even though it was a temp position.


    However, before accepting the temp contract I had already booked a 1 week
    holiday, which the school were fine about as I am on supply. I went back to
    school on Tuesday and the head teacher wanted to know how I felt about working
    there in Jan, I was very honest and said I wouldn't be able to do it as I am an
    NQT and the class need an experienced teacher to make the right changes for the
    children. Plus I have had doubts about completing my NQT terms in a special
    measures school. The head teacher said it would be best if I left that day.


    I am really worried there doesn't seem to be any jobs. I have looked at
    council websites for jobs and there doesn't seem to be any for EY's or KS1 in Birmingham. I am debating
    whether to go abroad, has anyone considered it? Has anyone used their teaching
    to do something else? I am getting fed up with there being no jobs and supply
    being so patchy.


    Sorry to moan!! Any advice or words or wisdom would be good :)
     
  3. Hi, I feel for your situation. Ive been supply teaching for a while but was frustrated with the lack of any kind of support for new supply teachers when I started. I've set up a web page for supply teachers here >

    www.beasupplyteacher.co.uk

    Take a look, I'm sure there is plenty on there that can point you in the right direction.

    Darren.
     

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