When you are
working as a supply teacher either for a school that you are familiar with or
through an agency it is not always clear what your responsibilities are beyond
the obvious ones of teaching the class and making sure that safeguarding
guidelines are followed to the letter. Some schools have a clear policy on what
they expect of a supply teacher but many haven’t so if you want to be offered
work on a regular basis it is important that you create the right impression
and fulfil the duties expected of you in a particular school.
teachers whose classes you cover will leave work for the children to do and
expect this to be carried out as their guidance. This is especially the case
with older children who often have a fixed curriculum to cover in a given
timeframe. If this is the case it is important to carry out the teacher’s
instructions as fully as possible. A brief note to the teacher outlining how
the day went is a valuable way to communicate but should focus on the positive
aspects if possible.
a supply teacher is needed to cover for an unexpected absence no work has been
allocated so it is a good idea to have lessons up your sleeve that can be
adapted to the age group you are teaching. Always mark any work that either you
or the teacher has set, checking with the school marking policy or a senior
member of staff if in doubt as to the level of marking required.
If you are
returning to work after maternity leave or simply wish to reduce the hours you
are working, you may be considering taking on a job share. This is often an
excellent way to address the work life balance that many teachers find
challenging and can even benefit the pupils in school.
question to ask is how the job is going to be divided up. Is it going to be a fifty-fifty
split or is one employee going to do more than another? Obviously, this will
result in a difference in pay too and will be directly proportional to the
hours or days worked.
consideration is curriculum subject responsibility. Some job shares work best
when a teacher’s strengths are utilised so that, for example a teacher who
enjoys and is good at art leads that subject and a teacher whose strengths lie
in technology takes responsibility for computer studies. This strategy is going
to be of benefit to the pupils in the class as they are getting twice the
expertise than they would normally.
some curriculum subjects that both teachers will need to teacher however the
burden of planning and marking can be shared making these time-consuming tasks
many different types of primary schools ranging from the large inner-city
school with hundreds of pupils to a small rural school with possibly only
thirty pupils on roll. Which ever sort of school you find yourself in, one
thing is certain the pupils in that school will have to face sitting exams. It
may be internal exams, or those compulsory exams instigated by the authorities.
In a small
school setting, there may only be a small number of children sitting the exams
and therefore the rest of the class need to be accommodated and catered for. As
staffing is sometimes an issue this needs careful planning in advance of the
with parents beforehand even though there may only be two or three sets of
parents is essential to answer any questions and allay any fears they may have
concerning the administration of the exams and give them ideas on how their
children can be better prepared.
having to sit compulsory exams of any sort can be very stressful for pupils in
any school, in a small primary school setting the children may have more
opportunity to discuss their concerns and fears thus minimising their stress.
The summer holidays are almost upon us and many people will be wondering how they can keep their children occupied over the six-week break. It may be that you have to work and so your children will be spending some of their holidays with friends, family or with a child care provider, in which case you may want to have some fun activities planned for when you do get to spend the day with them.
A trip to the seaside always goes down well, and if you are not going on holiday this summer, then a few day-trips out can be just as fun. It does not need to cost a fortune, as you can take a picnic with you, and if the weather is good, the kids will be happy with digging in the sand or paddling in the sea.
It is also important to think about your child’s education during the 6-week summer break as it is a long time to be off school. Continuing to read with them often and asking them to write a diary or draw a picture of something they have enjoyed doing, will allow them to practise skills they have been learning at school without it feeling like home work.
It can be
hard to find the right balance between education and play for younger children.
Many parents often feel that their children are made to work too hard too
younger and are put under unnecessary pressure at such a young are.
shows that children who get a head start on their learning often excel
throughout their school years and often even further in to their work life
later on. A child’s mind is like a sponge and therefore can take a lot of
information in, in small chunks. They may learn in a different way to many
adults but they are able to retain a lot of information from a young age. This
is why children pick up new languages a lot easier than it is for an adult to
learn a new language.
is important for young children to have a good education, there is a balance
and children should still be allowed to be children. Putting too much pressure
on a child can have the opposite desired affect and can mean that they start to
teacher should be giving them the correct amount of home work and work to be
completed in class, but if you are at all worried about the work load then it
is important to raise your concerns with their teacher.