3rd December 2013 boasted two momentous occasions.
Firstly, it was the first ever Supply for Lunch.
'Why Supply for Lunch?' I hear you cry.
I sit most working days and eat lunch alone except for my dog.
And so do many supply teachers. Even if they are in a crowded staffroom. (Minus the dog in most cases, I'm sure.) Many eat in their car.
Supply teaching can be an isolating career. Venturing into a staffroom full of strangers can be daunting, yet it is the only time you get to talk to another adult some days!
So what is Supply for Lunch?
Here's the dream:
Agencies, schools, booking platforms, etc., make it a termly event.
Supply teachers across the country will make an extra effort to enter the staffroom to have their lunch.
Recruiters will maybe join them.
Supply teacher career partners will perhaps provide lunch for them.
Schools will invite supply teachers into the dining hall to eat with the children, and the rest of the staff.
School children may perhaps Design A Lunch for supply teachers!
So what will you Supply for Lunch?
Ah, clever play on words there!
You could supply dessert.
You could supply an ear to bend.
You could supply conversation.
You could supply a freshly-made hot drink (if only eh?!)
You could supply a top tip for making the day a little easier.
Secondly, it was my 40th birthday. How did I celebrate? Fish supper with my little family - plenty of chips, mushy peas, and tomato ketchup!
The first ever Supply for Lunch is fast approaching, click on any company logo on this page to see what they're up to!
Are you doing something for Supply for Lunch? Are you going to make an extra effort to visit the staffroom? Will you pledge to make the supply teacher a hot drink, on the house?
Let us know!
School House Recruitment Ltd is pleased to announce its support for ‘Supply for Lunch day’. Any School who booked supply for the 11th March 2014 was entered into a draw. The winning school received M&S lunchtime treats for the staff courtesy of School House Recruitment Ltd.
Here at Classroom Teachers, in support of our supply teachers for Supply for Lunch, we visited a few schools where our supply teachers are based, to have a chat and deliver a treat!
Classroom's Barbara, pictured here, was one of the consultants charged with handing goodies over to our supply teachers and TA's, who were pleasantly surprised to see her. She said of our Supply for Lunch efforts: "It’s gone a long way to show our excellent customer service and ongoing commitment to our teachers/TA’s in long term roles... ...So a great idea, let’s do it again next time!”
Thames Teachers is proud to be taking part in the Supply for Lunch scheme. Since the scheme started, we have visited many of our teachers and support staff to talk and enjoy some treats! This week Lizzie from Thames Teachers visited Eleanor, a Teacher working at a school in Lewisham.
“Upon arrival the playground was filled with excitement. That day the school had had a visit from the local Police Horses. Eventually, after the children had calmed down and after chasing parents for signatures for school trip forms, Eleanor and I found solace in the staff room. On behalf of Thames Teachers, I took along a box of goodies for both Eleanor and her colleagues. We talked about her work and her home life. Eleanor is thoroughly enjoying her time at the school and I myself enjoyed the visit and the opportunity to see Eleanor in action. It was lovely to see how happy she was in the school and likewise, how happy they were with her – so happy that they have asked us to find a few clones of Eleanor for September!”