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WHat do do if there's no work!

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by 1001205, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. 1001205

    1001205 New commenter

    Hi all,
    Ive been on supply since February (prior to that I worked in an academy for five years) and had lots of regular work, some block placements too. I just wondered - what do we all get up to on our days where we don't get the call? I need some inspiration as I know September will be quiet!
  2. Deirds

    Deirds Senior commenter

    Go for a nice walk.

    Look at retraining courses.

    Learn a new skill.
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  3. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I would generally go for a walk first.
  4. bramblesarah

    bramblesarah Occasional commenter

    All the housework......
    Play with my guinea pigs
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  5. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    Relax and pretend it’s the weekend.
  6. MissGeorgi

    MissGeorgi Occasional commenter

    If you aren’t thinking of leaving teaching... Enjoy your free time. If there’s no work, there’s no work. I exercise, i take time to learn a new recipe, I do all the household chores for myself and my partner, I go and chill out with a coffee in a nice cafe in town. I also do crafts and play my guitar. None of these activities cost a lot, but they are all things which people working full time in any job would kill to have the time to do. We may not have a lot of money at this time of year, but we have something even more valuable- time :)
  7. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I used to go and feed the ducks at the local pond. At a time when I was feeling pretty low I visited them most days - they were always there - cheerfully waiting for something to eat. It was very therapeutic actually.

    I still feed them.
  8. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    Feeding chickens, rather than ducks might be more apt, as Supply Teachers are often paid chicken feed rather than duck food!
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  9. HS65

    HS65 Occasional commenter

    My week so far ;)
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  10. alpine273

    alpine273 New commenter

    trawl the supply forum on here and try and answer my thread if you can :)
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  11. tonymars

    tonymars Established commenter

  12. Happyregardless

    Happyregardless Occasional commenter

    Yes, walking the dog is also a useful distraction. :)
  13. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Do exercise videos off youtube. Try Gina B or Jessica Smith T.V.
  14. tonymars

    tonymars Established commenter

    No willing workers on organic farms
    Free board and lodging for a few hours work a day.
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  15. sebastian_paz1

    sebastian_paz1 New commenter

    I am happ to see I am not the only one. I was lucky the last two years getting work really early. but I always starts panicking and applied for jobs around. I do not have a QTS (working on it) So direct job with schools are difficult to get.
    Good luck everyone!
  16. krakowiak6

    krakowiak6 Occasional commenter

    How much do the agencies pay supply teachers nowadays?
  17. sebastian_paz1

    sebastian_paz1 New commenter

    Wow, I did not realize before how lucky I was, third week and nothing so far... How is everyone doing?
  18. morganvicky

    morganvicky New commenter

    I think it's quiet because of the new pay in Wales
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  19. muddyjudiff

    muddyjudiff New commenter

    I've had one day so far. Turned down some TA work but may have to accept it next time. I've always had work for September but my regular contact at the supply agency 'upped sticks' without telling anyone.
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  20. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    That is usually disruptive when there is a change in consultants. It will settle back into a routine one the new consultant gwts to know you.
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