Top Ten Tips for Being on Supply

I’ve been a supply teacher for just over 12 months now and as we start back into the new school year I’ve been thinking about making sure I’m prepared and ready to go

  1. Always take a flask!

In many secondary school staff rooms there will be groups of people who have their own kitty for tea and coffee etc. It’s best not to rock the boat when it comes to coffee politics.

2.  Always take a book.

I’ve found that being on supply has helped me read some amazing books. It’s rare that anyone speaks to a supply teacher so unless you want to use up all your data Facebook stalking a book is your best option.

3. Take a pencil case with whiteboard pens.

I’ve always found it easiest to write instructions on the board for the students so they can refer to them throughout the lesson. This is always helps especially when the lesson is written down and not on a PowerPoint.

4. Get to know the schools.

Keep a note of the different school times, especially the start times so you’re able to get there on time.

5. Make time for yourself.

Just because your on supply doesn’t mean you have work every day. Be flexible with your working hours. Take the odd Friday off to have coffee with your friend you’ve not seen in ages. Go on holiday in term time, it’s much cheaper!

6. Sign up to be an examiner

Not getting paid during the holidays is a bit of bugger so it’s a good idea to squirrel some away to keep you going. One guaranteed way is getting your name down to be an examiner. You can sign up for more than one exam board, it keeps you in touch with changes in the curriculum and the money is pretty good.

7. Don’t be disappointed

It can be a bit of a let down if you don’t the call on the morning but you’re up so you might as well make most of the day.

8. Don’t feel as though you have to say yes.

If there is a school or a situation you don’t feel comfortable with. They are there to support and look after you. At the end of the day they want their workforce to be happy.

9 . Upload your resources to Tes.

You don’t get paid a fortune, but if you have a USB full of stuff you’ve created just sitting there someone might as well be. You can create your own selling page and upload as many as you want charging what you want. If you end up with a spare day this could be a good use of your time.

10. Enjoy gloating to the other teachers.

Gloating to the teacher who work at the school that you don’t have to attend any meetings or do any planning or do any marking is always great fun!

If you have any other tips you would like to add please pop them in the comments 🙂

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