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My lovely day...

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by splinters, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    We already have a thread detailing the horrors of this noble task of supply teaching but today I was in heaven...and it wasnt even my specialist subject.
    Lovely school and warm, welcoming staff who went out of their way to make me feel at home. Lovely polite students at all ages...a group of Year 11 even went to the HOD and asked if they could 'keep me'...very sweet if a little worrying.
    It actually felt like a selective private school...but was a comprehensive.
    Literally cant wait to go back tomorrow and when was the last time you heard that?
     
  2. emmalcm1

    emmalcm1 Established commenter

    Sounds amazing, hope you can continue getting work there!
     
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  3. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Its a week or two for now but, as its not my specialist area and its mostly GCSE and A Level classes, I wouldnt want to be responsible for their exam results. However, im really enjoying the subjects I am teaching (art, media, photography).
     
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  4. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Does sound awesome. Enjoy your time and those memories will see you through not so great days.
     
  5. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Well, kids think I am some sort of guru in the subject (no idea where that came from, its not even my subject area) and they have asked me to stay on until half term, maybe longer. It is possibly the best school I have ever worked in...I must have done something good to deserve this.
     
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  6. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Well, three weeks in, one to go and they asked me to stay for a further two weeks.
    Lovely school, lovely staff all of whom appreciate my help and thank me at the end of each day. None of the 'supply' stigma mentioned elsewhere. I walk in confident like a troubleshooter and leave feeling very satisfied with my efforts each day...
    Just saying....;)
     
  7. sebedina

    sebedina Occasional commenter

    What a lovely change to come across as department and school like this. I have also come across a few lovely head of department who are really supportive and appreciative. It makes all the difference when the school supports you. They understand the role of supply staff is harder and they offer more support.
     
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  8. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    I remain impressed by the friendly staff and polite pupils who thank me at the end of each lesson. The school has asked me to undertake some subject training and it was relayed to me today that pupils have made it clear they appreciate my help and want me to stay on as 'their teacher' which is very sweet...but a little worrying as its not my subject area. They extended my contract again today and issued me with official tags, keycodes internal emails etc. and have planned out the remainder of the school year....So much for a weeks cover in an unfamiliar subject.
     
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  9. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    It sounds too good to be true!
     
  10. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    It probably is, I have had 3 weeks without planning or marking but, as its looking to be a longer contract, I need to do a training day next week (paid) and then I will need to mark GCSE coursework. Still a nice school tho :)
     
  11. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Hmmmmm.....still there until Easter. Just saying...:rolleyes:
     
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  12. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    The mind boggles...but they asked for another 8 weeks after Easter!!
     
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  13. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Like I said, just too good to be true...;)
     
  14. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    I'm still waiting for the catch....perhaps its the marking of GCSE and A Level work in a subject I don't specialise in. Strange thing is, I'm not finding it that difficult.
     
  15. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi splinters

    I am sure splinters that there is no catch and that school enjoys having you there. Sometimes it just works out that way in that you like them and they like you. Enjoy yourself since I am sure you work hard. Who knows it may even turn into something permanent for you since I believe you did mention you were looking for something permanent.
     
  16. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Thanks Pepper, my face does seem to fit (or they just cant find a specialist), but i was looking for a permanent and senior role in DT.
     
  17. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    I'm sure you will find what you are ultimately looking for; you are in a good position, since you are in employment and can look around for your permanent senior DT role. The problem is finding another good school in terms of behaviour like the one you are at now. Also, from what you write, the staff sound like a nice group of people to work with. Always a bonus.
     
  18. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    I agree Pepper and I am not complaining about my good fortune but this is a subject I have never taught before (although I do have a great deal of experience of the texts covered; print, film and games). Its just not what I expected to happen after reluctantly agreeing to do a weeks cover and I hope it wont become an issue when applying for DT roles. I am sure adaptability is great for supply but the longer I am out of the workshop/studio it may just be something to tip in another candidates favour.
     
  19. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    splinters

    Yes...but if you are looking for what you want, you can't do anything more than that. Are you able to take time off to go to interviews?
     
  20. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    I think the school understand my aspirations, i just wouldnt get paid for the day I missed. Plus, they wont need me (full time anyway) for those last 4-5 weeks of school so, presuming there are still vacancies, I could go to interview then.
    Strange thing is, I prefer these subject to my specialism but all my qualifications and experience; teaching, moderating, examining, subject and faculty leadership are in DT.
    Strange, but not unpleasant, situation I find myself in....
     

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