The Thames Teachers Team love to visit our Teachers and Support Staff to see what they are getting up to in the schools we service. As trained teachers ourselves, we have an interest in seeing our candidates in action! While everyone who works with us knows that we are just on the end of the phone, we also like to catch up face to face so what a great opportunity to use Supply for Lunch as a great incentive to catch up over yummy treats!
We have taken part in previous Supply for Lunch days and excited to be doing our bit during National Supply Week! Two members of the Thames Teachers Team, Lizzie and Amy, met with a Teacher and a Nursery Officer we placed at a school in Newham. We took great pleasure in providing fabulous treats to our Thames Teachers supply staff and the rest of the staff at the school as we know how treats can minimize stress over such a busy period! It was great to catch up with Beth; a Nursery Teacher and Aaron; a Nursery Officer, and to see them in action.
We cannot wait until December for our next Supply for Lunch day, and are hoping to have lunch with some of our new starters come September – perhaps something festive and warming at that time of the year!
Why is it important to support Supply for Lunch at least 3 times a year, if not every day?
I asked a few supply teachers for their input, asked them to tell me what really happens over lunch... And I'll be adding them here over the coming months...
October 2014: I usually have too much to prepare so eat in the classroom but made the effort to take my lunch in the staffroom last week. I smiled at people, asked if it was ok to sit in a certain place, looked around to make eye contact but no-one spoke to me, they carried on their own conversation. Felt a bit lonely & awkward. I did have a good experience a few weeks ago where everyone sat around a big table, it was really busy and I was spoken to and included. But I was covering for appraisals so had already spoken to a few of them - I think the problem is in a big school they just stare and think "Who's she?" Anon