#SupplyChat Live Dates

#SupplyChat Live

For full details of #SupplyChat Live please visit the Facebook group

#SupplyChat Live works towards Aims 3 and 4 of National Supply Teacher Week:

  • To show appreciation for those working as supply teachers
  • To help combat the recurring feeling amongst supply teachers of isolation

It is a chance for supply teachers in the area to meet up and have a good old chat about work... Opportunities for most supply teachers to do this are slim... Do join us!  The events are purely social.  When you join the Facebook group, after reading the Pinned Post, go to the Events tab and click Join! 

Below are previous #SupplyChat Lives that have been held across the country. Please note that I no longer add current events as all details are within the Facebook group.

Sheffield: Saturday 20th June 2015

Preston: Monday 9th February 2015

London: Thursday 22nd January 2015

Newcastle: Wednesday 21st January 2015

Newcastle: Sunday 21st December 2014

Swansea: Saturday 20th December 2014

Preston: Wednesday 17th December 2014

Petersfield: Saturday 13th December 2014

Leeds: Saturday 13th December 2014

Preston: Friday 12th December 2014

London: Thursday 11th December 2014

Wakefield: Monday 8th December 2014

Penarth: Saturday 5th December 2014

Tonbridge: Wednesday 26th November 2014

Birmingham: Friday 21st November 2014

Preston: Wednesday 12th November 2014

Carlisle: Friday 7th November 2014

Newcastle: Thursday 30th October 2014

Liverpool: Tuesday 28th October 2014

Norwich:  Tuesday 14th October 2014

Cardiff:  Wednesday 8th October 2014

Bath: Tuesday 7th October 2014

London: Monday 22nd September 2014

#SupplyChat Live Details

#SupplyChat Live

26th February 2015

Having missed the #SupplyChat Live in Newcastle due to inclement weather, I didn't take much persuading to shoot down the M6 to Preston again. This time, we had a theme: pudding night!  Special mention goes to Amy as she managed to get free puddings for all :-D 


12th November 2014

#SupplyChat Live in Preston, even closer to home!  You wouldn't think it though, the length of time it took me to get there... I missed my turning off the M6, too busy singing along to my favourite cheesy radio station!  The Lancashire Massive had got to The Phantom Winger long before I did, and had a meal, so were well and truly settled into conversations about local schools... and the dreaded topic of... rates of pay!

7th November 2014


#SupplyChat Live in Carlisle!  The closest to my home yet, just a short trip up the M6 in the driving rain, and such a lovely, lovely evening spent in The Hallmark Hotel.  Chat quickly turned from supply teaching to alternative medicine, through living abroad and back again!

14th October 2014


#SupplyChat Live in Norwich was held in a lovely bar, serving great hot chocolate called The River Garden Pub!  Not so well attended, in fact, where were you all?!  Kate and I had a lovely evening chatting, and were so busy that the chocolate box didn't even come out of the bag!

8th October 2014


#SupplyChat Live in Cardiff took place in The Chapter Bar. That's Chapter, not Chapel! We had a great time, and the chocolates went down a storm! Points to note from the evening: read the location name before you set off, look for the red bag, don't leave before the chocolates are opened, and it's not always waitress service! 

7th October 2014


#SupplyChat Live in Bath was a simply lovely event!  We met at The Salamander in Bath where I tried hard not to steal some of the home decor items!  Points to note from the evening:  Don't mention your underwear in class, or caterpillars' movements, and buy the last round... It's the cheapest!

22nd September 2014

Thanks to all who turned up for #SupplyChat Live in London.  We met at Starbucks, London Bridge and had a lovely evening chatting, and all went home with a few freebies too!  Points to note from the evening:  even experienced teachers get nervous when starting on supply for the first time; some NQTs deserve to complete their induction year, yet struggle to get the opportunities; and don't leave it until the last minute to buy tube passes!




STN - Countdown to Christmas Giveaway 2016

I loved our 'spur of the moment' Countdown to Christmas idea. I floated it to the admin team of our Facebook Supply Teacher Network, then put the basic idea to a vote of the group members. Within an hour of inviting NSTs (non-supply teacher members) to sign up, we had filled all the available dates and I had to release another batch of dates! Wonderful. Within a couple of hours, we had a waiting list for cancellations. 

The basic idea was this: each day from December 1st to 23rd, the assigned NST could post *one post* advertising their company, telling us what they do for their supply teachers at Christmas, how they like to celebrate etc. They could include links to their website, or social media pages too. In return, they had to have a little fun with us, pose a question, create a quiz, ask for selfies... and any supply teacher who interacted with them was in with a chance to win a prize! We set a minimum of £50 in high street vouchers to be given away during the day.

Take a look at what a few of our generous hosts thought of the event:

 The Countdown to Christmas was fantastic and Principal Teachers would love to be involved again next year if the opportunity is available! Without supply teachers choosing to work with us we would have no business to operate, so hearing ideas from the members of STN is invaluable in helping us shape our service and ultimately develop better working conditions for supply teachers. We have already started work on a new area of our website which will enable us to share resources for our supply staff (as recommended by STN members.) We will also make these resources available on a memory stick which will be given to all of our supply staff – again another idea from STN. Thank you again for allowing us to be a part of your community, and special thanks to all of the teachers who commented on our thread, taking time out of their day to speak to us. - Deborah, Principal Teachers 

 Firstly, thank you for organising this great initiative and allowing us to participate. We found all the Countdown Days very informative as the supply teachers gave us an insight as to what’s really important to them.   As an employer of supply teachers this provides us with great feedback we can use to enhance our employment support.  It was also nice to receive an email from the winner to thank us for the vouchers and that they will be very useful just before Christmas. - Pras, Genie Education

It was great to get direct feedback and ideas from supply teachers and was a lovely idea to give a well deserved boost by giving some vouchers just before xmas throughout December - Emma, Randstad Education

Thank you so much to Sharon and the team at Supply Teacher Network for letting us be a part of the Christmas Advent. We loved hearing from all of you and getting the opportunity to answer your questions and tell you a bit more about us. Hopefully our lucky winners enjoyed their reindeer noses and vouchers of their choice! It is going to be an exciting year for TeacherIn and you have nothing to lose by being a part of our community. Feel free get in touch and learn more! - Jaime, TeacherIn

A big thank to the admin team of Supply Teacher Network for giving us the opportunity to take part in the 2016 Christmas Countdown. It was a great way to meet lots of STN members, and the answers to our question – ‘Which CPD courses would you find beneficial?’ really gave us food for thought. First Class Supply already have an extensive programme of CPD courses scheduled for this year, but we will certainly be implementing many of your suggestions and adding them to our training programme! Congratulations to each of the members who won the £50 in M&S vouchers in the Christmas Giveaway – thank you for letting us know how useful you found these, especially just before Christmas! Very best wishes to you all for 2017, and thank you once again to the Supply Teacher Network, we hope to take part in more of these excellent initiatives this year. - Jemma, First Class Supply

Thank you to all the teachers sending in their fantastic heart felt stories, we are passionate about recruiting excellent teachers for our schools and love to hear why teachers enter the profession in the first instance. We are also happy to tell you that our beautiful office dog Trevor has since become famous with the help of STN so watch out for him in the New Year! - Charlotte, justteachers

STN - Countdown to Christmas Giveaway 2016

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Supply Teacher Network Book Club

The first Supply Teacher Network Book Club started in January 2016 with 40 members joining in.  We aimed to read one book each half term. The books were suggested and voted for by the members and members could nominate themselves to be the host.  The last day of each holiday was the end date so plenty of time. Everything happens within the Facebook event, so no-one need worry about location, it's a purely online affair!
If you'd like to host a supply teacher book club, simply go to our Facebook page and PM me about it.

STN - Secret Santa and Advent Calendar

Each year in the Supply Teacher Network we like to have a little fun on the run up to Christmas... Here's a review of what we did in 2016, alongside our STN Countdown to Christmas Giveaway supported by the NSTs (non-supply teacher members):

Secret Santa - the mighty Amy organised this for us for the third year running. A massive thanks once again Amy, it is no mean feat to organise such a thing, there is a lot more work behind the scenes than anyone would realise. Often a little heartache too, along with the frustration! We are proud to say though, that despite money being tight for *everyone* as ever this year, 59 members joined in! I, for one, found it incredibly exciting to be choosing and putting together the gift for my recipient, and it was so nice to see appreciative photos online before, on and after Christmas Day. Such thoughtful gifts they all were, at what is for most people the busiest and most financially desperate time of the year. It was a clear demonstration of the real community spirit we have within the group I believe and I look forward to 2017's with anticipation!

Advent Calendar - my favourite! Each willing member is allocated a date in the run up to Christmas. Often there is more than one person per date, which is just lovely. On their given date members share a thought for the day, or a family tradition, or their favourite in-school Christmas activity. They also share with us their favourite festive song or film clip. I get to sit and listen to all the old classic songs, am reminded of some long-forgotten ones, and introduced to new (often bizarre!) seasonal tunes too!


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