How to be a star supply teacher

Nina Boniface
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How to be a star supply teacher

There are two ways to get supply work, pre-booking with your agency or letting them know you’re available and waiting for a call. Here are our top tips being the best supply teacher you can be so you get the best exposure.

Choosing your agency

If you decide to start supply teaching, don’t register with loads of agencies – it’ll only end up creating more work for yourself submitting timesheets and letting everyone know you’re available for work and dealing with multiple companies calling you each morning.

Do your research, every agency offers different things – we offer loads of perks, from free CPD every month to life support to help you transition into a new role.

The early bird catches the worm

As a supply teacher, if you haven’t pre-booked work for a week, but you’ve let your agency know you’re available for work, it’s best to be up and ready to rock bright and early – just in case. We might call at 7.15 or 8am with a booking that we want you to go to, and the quicker you’re on site getting the class ready the better!

First impressions

When you arrive at a daily supply booking, make sure you introduce yourself to staff – it will make you stick in their minds. You can use these interactions to find out about the class you’re teaching as well as the rules for behaviour in the school and get your timetable.

Request schools you like

If you find yourself really enjoying work at a particular school for a day, request it again! Your agency is on hand to respect what you’re looking for from your work, so if they know you enjoyed it, they’ll try to get you booked in there again.

Be passionate

Passion goes a long way – remember why you do supply. You keep children on track and keep their days consistent so they can keep learning.

Work hard

This goes for pretty much every job you could ever have in any industry, but it’s particularly important for teaching and supply teaching. You’ve got to plan lessons, mark students work, sometimes attend meetings, keep your classrooms clean and tidy and have great communication skills.

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