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
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!
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.
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!