SupplyBag.co.uk - supporting National Supply Teacher Week 2014

National Supply Teacher Week is something that, at SupplyBag.co.uk, we are very excited to be a part of for the second year! 

Aims we want to help achieve:

1.     To show appreciation for those working as supply teachers;

2.     To help combat the recurring feeling amongst supply teachers of isolation;

3.     To provide information for those considering supply teaching as a career move;

4.     To help schools work with supply teachers more effectively.

To this end we:

1.     Are funding the design and creation of a Certificate of Appreciation free for anyone to award to a supply teacher;

2.     Will be hosting a live chat during the Week, details to follow;

3.     Will highlight information already available on our website about supply teaching as a career move;

4.     Are (still, this was on the list last year!) producing the ‘ultimate supply teacher’s welcome pack’ for schools to give to supply teachers;

5.     Have sponsored the marketing of National Supply Teacher Week through the year, and will continue to do so.

 

by Sharon Wood

 

Supply teacher information, resources and support at SupplyBag.co.uk

ITN Mark - National Supply Teacher Week 2014

Alison Leaworthy, Senior Recruitment Consultant (left) presents Rachel Buchanan, ITN Mark Supply Teacher (right) with her prize of an iPad Air.  ITN Mark Leeds Supply Teacher wins an iPad Air

To support National Supply Teacher Week, ITN Mark Education ran a competition to win an iPad Air asking Supply Teachers for their best supply teaching tips.  From a huge amount of impressive entries, Rachel Buchanan a Primary Supply Teacher from the Leeds office was chosen as the winner. Rachel, who has worked as an ITN Mark Supply Teacher since 2010, suggested a variety of tips to be featured in a forthcoming Supply Teaching Guide the agency is producing.  Rachel’s tips included how to dress, what to take with you when supply teaching and how to engage with children to best support their learning.  These tips, as well as those from other entries will be featured in the guide, which will be available to download from the ITN Mark website in a few weeks time. 

Alison Leaworthy, Senior Recruitment Consultant from ITN Mark’s Leeds office says: “We are delighted that Rachel has won this competition. Rachel is very artistic and has recently completed a Masters Degree in textile design. Throughout her study Rachel worked part-time for ITN Mark as a Primary Supply Teacher.  Rachel is a highly talented teacher who enjoys combining her love of art with her teaching.”

Rachel adds: “I am so delighted to have won this competition.  I really enjoy supply teaching and the opportunities it gives to teach different children in a variety of school settings. I hope my tips prove useful to other supply teachers”.

Roger Marsh, ITN Mark’s Managing Director adds: “Rachel’s tips for supply teaching were really impressive and demonstrated her truly professional nature. Rachel is a wonderful ambassador for ITN Mark and we are delighted to acknowledge this during National Supply Teacher week.”

Rachel works mainly in Catholic Schools across Leeds and Wakefield served by Leeds Diocese Supply Service (LDSS) in partnership with ITN Mark Education. LDSS provides high calibre staff for Catholic Primary Schools across West and North Yorkshire.

ITN Mark - National Supply Teacher Week 2014

Academics - National Supply Teacher Week 2014

The Academics South Yorkshire Team are proud to be supporting National Supply Teacher Week 2014.

Our Branch Manager, Graham, worked as a Supply Teacher for 7 years so he is more than aware of the challenges that our Supply Staff face on a daily basis. As a result of this knowledge and experience we provide a very supportive service to everyone who registers with us. We don’t simply register a new Supply Teacher and then lose contact with them when they start working for us. Instead, we have an open door policy and feel that it is important to offer ongoing help, guidance and training to ensure that all of our Supply Staff feel valued and supported throughout their time spent working for Academics.

Recognising the success and achievement of our Supply Staff is also very important to us and every month we reward one of our fantastic Supply Teachers with an Academics Achievement Award. When a Supply Teacher wins an “AAA” we invite them into our office, share some of the positive feedback that we have received from our local schools and then we treat them to something special. So far this Academic Year our Supply Staff have won bouquets of flowers, family tickets for Ice Sheffield, High Street Shopping Vouchers and even a romantic meal for two at a local restaurant. We also regularly celebrate the achievements of all our Supply Staff on our official Facebook and Twitter pages ...  there are so many positive stories out there and we feel it’s important to share these with as many people as possible!

During National Supply Teacher Week 2014 we have teamed up with lots of the local Primary and Secondary Schools that we work closely with to arrange a number of “surprise visits” to present our Supply Teachers with some of the fabulous NSTW Appreciation Certificates. Also, on Thursday 19th June we have invited all of our Supply Staff to join us for a few drinks and snacks in the evening for our “National Supply Teacher Week Celebration Party”. We will also be presenting our Academics Achievement Award for June 2014 at the event ... so one of our hardworking Supply Teachers is in for a lovely surprise too!

Finally, in the last week of the Summer Term we will be announcing our exciting Summer CPD Programme ... a series of training courses, workshops and events that all of our Supply Staff will be able to access completely free of charge. We have joined forces with local education professionals, training providers and schools to deliver this training and our Supply Staff will be able to choose from a range of CPD opportunities including; Child Protection Training, Paediatric First Aid, Team-Teach, Makaton, Baby Signing, Autism Awareness, Behaviour Management, Creativity Within Early Years and Delivering MFL within the Primary Curriculum.

We hope that everyone enjoys the events that we have organised for National Supply Teacher Week in South Yorkshire and that Supply Teachers across the UK continue to enjoy their work and more importantly get the respect and recognition they deserve for stepping into the unknown and making a difference each and every day.

 

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World Class Teachers - National Supply Teacher Week 2014

World Class Teachers are one of London’s foremost supply teaching agencies, and we are proud to pledge our support to National Supply Teacher Week. We have a huge array of supply, cover, and short-terms roles available, and work hard to find the right fit for both the school and our teachers – a process that should always take in to account the well-being of the teacher.

We also specialise in placing teachers from further afield, such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the US, as well as home-grown talent, and we are particularly keen to foster a sense of community. We recognise the hard work our supply teachers do, and pledge the following:

·         To highlight the importance of supply teachers in a child’s education

World Class Teachers only recruit professionals of the highest quality, rejecting teachers if they don’t meet our criteria both in terms of fit for client schools and compliance requirements. It is important to us, as well as the teaching profession, that supply teachers’ skills are recognised. Working with talented teachers, and placing them in the right school is vital.

·         To increase respect for supply teachers

We enjoy working with enthusiastic talented teachers, and will continually ensure that we work with great client schools and that they are fully supported both in school and from the agency.

·         To help combat the recurring feeling amongst supply teachers of isolation

We arrange regular social events, and have organised our own touch rugby team. These social events have gone down really well, and foster a sense of community amongst our supply teachers, many of whom are from abroad. We plan on organising more meet-ups in the future. We also encourage teachers to drop into our office whenever they can for a chat. When recruiting, we aim to match our teachers to the same pool of client schools so they build relationships with the other regular supply teachers and permanent teachers alike.

·         To support supply teachers with their professional development

We organise cover for teachers so that they are released for PD, we provide resources on our website and refer them through to online training.

·         To provide information for those considering supply teaching as a career move

World Class Teachers plan workshops in schools and maintain contact with teaching universities both here and overseas. We are always happy to provide professional advice, and regularly update our website and social media channels with teaching news and resources. 

World Class Teachers - National Supply Teacher Week 2014

 

PK Education - National Supply Teacher Week 2014

PK education’s Pledge of Support for National Supply Teacher Week

PK education is proud to be supporting National Supply Teacher Week 2014. As a teaching supply agency that’s been operating since 2005, we appreciate and recognise the importance and value of temporary teaching staff in schools.

Supply Teachers play a valuable and important role in the modern education system and are a vitally important resource for schools. We pledge to support National Supply Teacher Week by:

·         Remaining in regular contact with teachers who are registered with us by offering an open door policy. By doing this we will minimise any potential feelings of isolation, help them progress their career and develop their role.

·         Raising awareness of the skills needed to be a supply teacher beyond teaching qualifications. We recognise that the teaching industry is ever changing and we will provide additional training to our candidates to ensure they continued to be a valued addition to schools.

·         Recognising every teacher as the individual they are. We will ensure the schools and roles meet the goals, dreams and aspirations of our registered teachers

 

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