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My lovely day...

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

  1. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Well, I started this thread just to point out that I had one day of very pleasant supply in a nice school and that is now 4 months ago with another remaining. Just goes to show that you never know what's around the corner in the world of supply. This was never a contracted long term placement; it just kept getting extended at the end of each week.
    However, I feel the end is nigh so I suspect I will be posting in the 'My terrible day' thread before too long. I have just been very, very lucky and don't imagine I will drop on something like this again in a hurry :-(
  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi splinters

    The harder you work the luckier you get. All along you kept getting extensions because you are a hard worker and a good teacher. I admire you for your hard work. I don't think much luck was involved, but I know what you mean.

    Let us keep this thread going too, but on My Horrible Day there are some sparkling stories too.

    I am sure something long term will come up for you if that is what younare looking for. There seems to be plenty of D & T work about. At least you don't depend on supply entirely, so have somewhat of a bit of luxury to be choosy about where you go.
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  3. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    I wouldn't say that Pepper. I had the foresight to see what was coming and pay off my mortgage and car while I was working full time in a leadership role. I have the 'luxury' of a redundancy package as a backup and my wife has a 'safe' job in education but I don't really choose where I go; I just had one long term placement and then this (which turned out to be even longer) so I have only had a few days experience of the cover that gets discussed in your thread.
    I appreciate your kind words though but then again, you are that sort pf person; I have not read a single harsh or unsupportive comment from you in your posts.
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  4. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter


    I enjoy reading your posts and your up beat attitude. You are a hard worker and good teacher, so I am sure you won't be out of a long term job for long. Have you seen anything you want to apply for?
  5. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    How long have you got pepper ;-)
    I have applied for a few teaching jobs but keep losing out to NQT's so I need to concentrate on roles where my age and experience are not am issue i.e leadership positions but they are few and far between in a commutable distance.
  6. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    Good luck with it all
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  7. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Thanks @hhhh its job season now so lets see what pops up. If not, there is always supply.
  8. Kenmuir1

    Kenmuir1 New commenter

    Oh really?

    But there is barely any work in supply anymore. This is badly glossed over on this forum.
  9. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    I don't doubt that it is difficult in some subjects and places @Kenmuir1 and possibly decent day to day supply is hard too but you can get longer term supply and sometimes, just a few days can turn into weeks...maybe months. As I have never done supply before this year I can only compare to my own experiences. But as I said, I believe I have been lucky.
  10. Luvsskiing

    Luvsskiing Established commenter

    It's all rosy for supply in the SE for Maths secondary teachers who are upbeat, happy, easy-to-get-on-with, like a laugh, are positive and experienced. No problems at all.
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  11. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Good to hear and I'm sure there is a mix of good and bad stories regarding supply teaching. Hence 'My Lovely Day' and 'My Horrible Day' threads :)
    pepper5 likes this.
  12. gingerhobo48

    gingerhobo48 Star commenter

    I have. had a lovely day today in a reception class.Got there at 8.20, left at 3.40, home by 4.15. This is absolutely unheard of normally. The children were polite, interested and interesting and even the 'pickles' as the CT called them were not too much like 'pickles'. I read some great stories (biscuit bear and the enormous turnip) with some fantastic illustrations. They really enjoyed my improvised maths input on positional language, which we carried over into our play/work in the garden.Then I was in my absolute element looking for worms (carefully) and making mud pies. A top, top day!
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  13. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter


    May you have many,many more.
  14. stupot101

    stupot101 Established commenter

    There's nothing quite like having a four year old teach you how to draw a tree, which colours to use, the shape etc.:)
    Or when they discover the snail moving its own 'house' around on its back. :)
    Storytime is brilliant! just got to make sure they don't fall asleep:)
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  15. lulu57

    lulu57 Lead commenter

    I've had two smashing days in Year 2 - I had half the class for PE while the other half had SATs with their teacher, then we swapped. The afternoons were easy-on activities, with plenty of time to hear readers and interact with the children. The ice cream van came with post-SAT treats - mine was a double cone with a flake - how cool was that?!
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  16. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Well, sadly next week is my last at the school...and then today I see they are advertising for a DT teacher. Now, either no one has twigged that its my specialism or I have outstayed my welcome. Deadline is Tuesday and you need an application form on request so I may just have to chance them not getting a suitable applicant.
  17. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    The problem you may have splinters is that the school may think they have to pay a finders fee to the agency if they take you on permantly and that is why they have not spoken to you about the post. Speak to your agency about this point as I may be wrong.

    Have a great weekend and I am so pleased to know you have had a lovely term at your fabulous school.

    Don't worry...if you don't get a chance at this post I trust you find another lovely sparkling school.

  18. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Thanks @pepper5. My contract is up and this is a job advertised directly with the school from September. The agency once told me that they appreciate the business and don't go for finders fees etc. as they prefer to maintain good relations with their clients. How true that is I don't know but I will enquire on Monday just to see if they did 'overlook' the convenience especially as they cant afford to replace the guy I covered for but they are still running his course for Year 10 but no one to teach it.
    I'm hopeful of something good...been lucky so far.
  19. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    We managed to find another teacher for next September in my department but only via contacts. The usual number of applicants we get for any job ad in our place these days is one (or none).
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  20. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    I don't think they have advertised elsewhere...I only saw it because a departing DT teacher mentioned it. I will let lady luck intervene here and see what happens as it is a fair trek each day but a lovely school.

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