Interview with... an Assistant Head

Assistant Head on Supply Teachers
Mrs V D'Silva, Assistant Head at Keresforth Primary School talks to us about their expectations of supply teachers.
Does your school use supply teachers known to them (retired staff for instance), supply teachers from a pool, or from an agency?

Agency and also staff known to the school for many years who are now semi-retired.

Does your school have a policy regarding what should be left for a visiting teacher? Or a pack?

Yes, we give each supply teacher a pack of information regarding the school day, expectations regarding marking etc.

How do you welcome supply teachers into your school?

Visitors to the school are always welcomed by the Head and taken to the relevant room.

What are your expectations of a supply teacher in terms of providing work, marking work, playground duties and use of the staffroom etc.?

As far as is possible the work will be planned by school to ensure minimum change for the children. However, there may be occasions where this is not possible and the supply teacher, in this instance, will be expected to have suitable resources to hand. We expect them to mark all work that has been completed. We welcome supply staff into the staff room as we do any visitor. We do not usually expect them to do playground duties if on short term supply.

What does your school look for in a good supply teacher?

Flexibility, reliability and a sense of humour!

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