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Supply teaching

From her experience so far, Vicky Adam has learned that some things are absolutely essential when teaching in general, but more so when on supply.

Stock up

Have your own supply of pencils, you might not be able to find them in someone else's classroom and pupil's rarely have their own!

Set rules at the start

Be clear that you expect the pupils to work well and have a game or quiz ready to play in the last 10 minutes if they work well.

Learn discipline procedures

Learn school rules as soon as possible and try to always carry some pink/yellow cards and incident reports with you. The last thing you want to worry about is where to find them when you really need them.

Have lessons prepared

Try to have some stand alone lessons and puzzles ready just in case pupils run out of work when covering classes, especially in the case of an unplanned absence when there is no work set for the class.

Use seating plans

Pupils are impressed if you know their names and it helps with behaviour management. If there isn't a seating plan, check the name on their jotter.

Be proactive

Being on supply means that you aren't entitled to a reduced timetable and won't have a specific mentor. You will have to be forthcoming in asking for CPD and observed lessons and get involved when you can!

Get involved

The more activities you get involved in, the more you will feel at home. Pupils will recognise you from other areas of the school, which will raise your profile with them and help you in the classroom.

Try to enjoy it!

It's not always easy, but neither is the probation scheme and keep in mind that the end result is the same!

Vicky Adam
Maths Teacher
Alternative Route probationer