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"supply teacher" badges....

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by lovejoy_antiques, Jan 16, 2019.

  1. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Senior commenter

    Im not a big fan of teacher name badges at the best of times. After all we are not working at mcdonalds. A lot of schools give you a badge saying "supply teacher"!
    Have they never seen that Steven Segal film "marked for death"? A post it note on your back saying "kick me" would work just as well!
  2. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    I think I'd just not go back to a school which was a clueless as this about the life of a supply teacher.
  3. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    If I did that I'd be unemployed permanently. Even though as a long-term supply I make my immediate priority getting a 'proper' badge I usually spend the first few days suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune wearing the Very Unimportant Teacher badge.
  4. greeneyes

    greeneyes Occasional commenter

    The worst is when it’s a massive one that’s about 4x the size of the atypical credit card sized staff ones.
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  5. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    Beggars. Choosers.
  6. Oldfashioned

    Oldfashioned Senior commenter

    if I'm on long term I always push for a proper badge. Whilst waiting I tend to put the visitor badge in my pocket.
  7. sebedina

    sebedina Occasional commenter

    You can wear the badge in corridors and around the school and take it off in the classroom.
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  8. FrauRussell

    FrauRussell New commenter

    As I'm sure is common., I go with "I'm here because your lesson is important, not because it isn't". Of course, the responses vary ;)
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  9. helenemdee

    helenemdee Occasional commenter

    The kids know a supply teacher whether or not they're wearing a badge that says so. I'm more concerned about being able to get through doors. Isn't it annoying when the office staff have gone and you have to go and find someone who can let you out at the end of the day?
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  10. Deirds

    Deirds Senior commenter

    I worked for a while in a school where we had paper visitor badges . Always a lot of TAs wearing them. The TAs were often offered permanent contracts. Teachers not so much.

    It was very noticeable to the pupils that I had been there a very long time without being made permanent. They drew their own n conclusions..

    I was a bit fed up after I got a third replacement wallet to put my tatty bit of paper in.

    Current school have given me a proper badge. It's the little things that make a difference..
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  11. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    Some schools use badges with the words "visitor".

    This can work quite well because the kids aren't sure if you are an inspector, visiting Head from another school or undercover drugs cop (the last example isn't entirely serious :D).
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    SEBREGIS Lead commenter

    When I was doing supply, I would often push the line that I was there as a ‘subject specialist’ so they thought I was a visiting expert and gave me less ****.
  13. freshfriesan

    freshfriesan Occasional commenter

    Badge of honour mate. Badge of honour. Always to blame, never able to be able to hold them to account tho "the supply teacher" should say "just a supply teacher" that's the attitude at some schools. The ones that have the most supply on a revolving door. Disposable like all the canteen receptacles and implements. Blame it and bin it.
    Maybe I will get it tattooed somewhere.... Hmmm
    We are the best of teachers. That's the truth of it.
    Supply teacher? Badge if honour kid. Badge of honour... I've worked hard to get that supply teacher badge, some of your teachers here will never even try to get that badge of honour. We are the creme de la creme. Total strangers, here today, gone tomorrow "In loco parentis" as if the parents...very special job being a parent. First and foremost right from wrong and look After yourself. That's the job. Teaching and learning secondary to that, especially on supply. Strangers... Imagine if there was no one watching them what they might do to each other when you see what they try when you're there. Badge. Of. Honour. Mate.
    Yes, these schools must be reminded often that beggars can't be choosers or the beggar will choose a better school. Half of them round the west midlands don't want consistency. Forever walking into places with a few science staff off, and a revolving door of "supply teacher" I think it must make it easier for them to remember our names,
    Maybe we askfor "fully cqualified and experienced agency teacher.. Helping us out in difficult circumstances we have created ourselves thru our disorganisation, laziness, rudeness and general incompetence"
    It's easy to blame. The supply teacher so we must wear that badge with pride. And it's even better when the one your e blaming isn't there any more but they dont know your name,.
    Delighted the otherday when a kid read my first name off my badge properly. Teachers rarely could do that when I was a kid. Ha ha. Good night. I don't even give the kids a miss or Mrs now, I just give em my surname. That's that. "the supply teacher". Gives the trouble makers something to feel power ful over.
  14. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Usually the visitor lanyards are a different colour to the permanent staffs'. Usually a bright colour so that you can be identified as an outsider at a distance.
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  15. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Senior commenter

    Regarding visitors badge, at least you can take solace in that. If things turn bad you can read the word 'visitor' and remind yourself that's what you are. You are a stranger in awe of the chaos and come 3.15 you're in your car and the place is just a memory. At least you're not stuck there until gone five in some tedious cpd meeting. At least you're not accountable for the lack of work that inevitably goes on in the classroom. One thing I do love about supply is the sh*t only comes one way (from the kids). It's when you're stuck between students who don't want to work and management who expect miracles and both parties are blaming you that teaching becomes a nightmare!

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