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Ethical alternative for supply teacher employment

The NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, and the Supply Register teaching agency have today announced a new partnership in a memorandum of understanding to promote an ethical alternative for the employment of supply teachers.

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Working as a supply teacher is a challenging role in schools. Walking into a school environment and class you are unfamiliar with can be extremely daunting. Be prepared before you go and find out as much as possible about the school before you set off:

  • Find out the school’s location
  • Enquire about parking facilities if you are driving
  • Find out what age group and subjects you will be teaching
  • Ask if you are expected to prepare the work or if work will have been set by the teacher
  • Where will you collect/find work set for the day?
  • Always take a few of your own back up activities, even if the teacher has set work
  • Will you need specialist equipment…..P.E. kit, musical instruments, overalls etc?
  • What are the times of the school day and the break/lunchtime arrangements?
  • Where and to whom do you report to when you arrive?
  • Who do you see to get the forms you need for payment?
  • Will you need keys?
  • Ask for the school’s behaviour policy and how to fit in with the school’s support structure and their rewards and sanctions protocols.
  • Arrive early

It is the NASUWT’s policy that schools should provide you with the basic equipment you need this does not always happen, so take some basic equipment with you such as a whiteboard pen and a few spare pens and pencils.

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