Setting Supply Cover Work by @TheModernMiss1

Name: The Modern Miss
Twitter name: TheModernMiss1
Sector: Supply
Subject taught (if applicable):
Position: Supply Teacher
What is your advice about? Setting supply cover work

1: Don’t leave an overly detailed plan. By the time the supply teacher has read it and worked out what the class are meant to do, someone will have started a riot.

2: Leave a clear plan, identify potential troublemakers in the class and leave sufficient copies of worksheets. Always leave enough work to last the whole lesson.

3: Remember the teacher covering you may not be a subject specialist, so don’t write notes using technical acronyms. Set work that builds on something already taught.

4: “The students know what they are doing and can continue their project work” strikes fear into the heart of a supply teacher. We don’t want an essay, but we do want some clues.

5: Never, ever set a word search as cover for a PE or tech lesson. There will be a riot in the class, the room will be wrecked and the supply teacher will refuse to return.

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Supply Teaching by @TheModernMiss1

Name: The Modern Miss
Twitter name: TheModernMiss1
Sector: Supply
Subject taught (if applicable):
Position: Supply Teacher
What is your advice about? Supply Teaching

1: Although you may have been booked to cover a specific year or subject, accept that the job may change the moment you walk through the door. Art may well turn into Mandarin…

2: If the booking turns out to be radically different from the one you accepted on the phone, both the school and your agency will assure you it’s the fault of the other.

3: Find out where the staff room and the loo is the moment you arrive. At some point during the day you’ll need to find them, best to know from the start.

4: A lot of the children will think you aren’t ‘a real teacher’ as you’re doing supply. Some of the staff may think this too.

5: If the school is lovely, tell them you enjoyed it and let your agency know you’d be happy to go back. If it’s foul, remember you never have to set foot in there again!