Taking control of the classroom as a supply teacher

Often supply teachers will find that they have a pretty hard time when it comes to classroom control. Some students see supply teachers as an opportunity to play up and try and get away with more things than they usually would. They often play on the fact that this is not their normal teacher and the supply teacher may not know what they are usually allowed to do.

If you are starting a job as a supply teacher you must quickly gain control of the classroom right from the start. It may feel like you are going in with a hard hand but if you do not control situations quickly and effectively then you will find it much harder down the line to get the children working as they should.

If the children try and tell you that they are allowed to do something that you don’t think they would be then you could either quietly have a word with one of the other teachers to see if they can help or simply say to the class that you are not allowing them to do that today. Showing that you are worried or don’t know what to do, will make some pupils more likely to push you that bit further. If you are working as a supply teacher through a teaching recruitment agency then they will often have someone that you can speak to that will offer you tips on how to gain back control and give you really helpful classroom tips.



Helping with your child’s learning

With many young children starting school in September, there are parents all over the country worrying about how they can help their child in their education. Teachers have a huge task of teaching each and every pupil how to read and write as well as other skills such as social skills.

As a parent there is still plenty you can do to help your child in their learning journey.  More or less as soon as your child starts school, they will be given books to bring home. Taking 5 or 10 mins every day to hear them read and discuss the book with them can make a huge difference to how they progress at school and the early stages are often very important.

If your child enjoys reading and writing or maths or science then you could get them a fun activity book to complete at home with you.

Training a work colleague

If you are having time off from your job for example for maternity leave, of a holiday then you may need to train someone to take over from you. It may be someone that currently works for your company of often a temp bought in from an outside company.

They may have experience in a similar job role but often you will need to train them on how you do the job in the way it is needed to be.

Training someone can be frustrating as you may find the job easy to do if you have had quite a bit of experience in it but someone coming in to the role from fresh may not pick it  up as quickly. If this is the situation then I would recommend making comprehensive notes and even doing screen grabs to give to the trainee for them to follow in your absence.


Working for a supply teaching agency

If you are looking for work as a supply teacher then you may consider registering with a teaching agency. Like recruitment agencies they work on finding you that ideal job that is within your skill set and location. A teaching recruitment agency will advertise jobs for teachers but also often other roles based in schools such as teach assistants and coaches.

Most teaching agencies will advertise permanent and supply based jobs and the way they charge for their service can differ dependent upon this. For example, a permanent teaching post will be advertised on behalf of a school, college or uni and it is the employer that is usually responsible for the recruitment costs. If they work is of a temporary basis then it is usually the candidate that will pay the agency. Each agency is ran different so it is worth checking out the terms and thoroughly reading a contract before signing it.

Finding a school for your child

Many parents of children that were born between 1st September 2011 and the 31st August 2012 are being contacted by their local council in relation to their child starting school. All children that are born between these dates are able to start school in September 2016.

You may have already received a letter from your local council asking you to apply for a place at your chosen primary school that you wish your child to attend. They ask you to give three choices if possible in the order of your preference and then to explain further if there is any reason as to why you feel you should get priority (such as older sibling already at the school).

The form can be completed by the post, online or over the telephone and once submitted you have until mid-January to change it. You should hear back by the 16th April as to which school has offered your child a place.