I’d like to think the pupils in schools I work in not only benefit from my lessons but enjoy them too. How can I make sure I make the same good impression on staff and schools rebook me for future supply work?
Securing supply work can often depend on call backs from schools in which you have made a positive impression. Doing a fantastic job in the classroom is of course important but putting effort in, outside of the class and being seen to go the extra mile will help secure future placements. Here are a few ideas:
· Smile and be positive! Teachers based in a school on a day-to-day basis can get consumed by school issues and a Supply Teacher can often be seen as a breath of fresh air.
· Make sure you research your journey to school and arrive in plenty of time. Reliable, organised teachers are top of consultants’ lists.
· Make yourself a seating plan; ensure your pupils sit in the same place and you’ll soon learn their names and remember their traits.
· Always have a back-up lesson plan!
· Volunteer for playground duty or offer up your time if you have a free period. Helpful, pro-active teachers willing to get involved in school life are valuable assets to schools.
· If you’re covering for a teacher on a short-term basis, perhaps just a day or two, leave a note for them at the end of your assignment detailing the work done, where you got up to in set work, any incidents and whether books were marked. If you’ve covering in a secondary school, just a line or two about each class will help the teacher settle back in and will be appreciated.
· Treat everyday as an interview.
Make sure you say goodbye and thank the people who have looked after you throughout the day. If your day’s been a success, tell them - schools enjoy getting positive feedback. Make sure you tell them you’d love to come back.