Getting a full time teaching
contract with a local authority is usually top of the list for many graduate
teachers but for those with family commitments working as a supply teacher
could be a much better option as it is easier to plan your working hours and
days around your family.
The first thing you will need to
decide is whether to seek work through one of the teaching agencies or whether
you are going to source supply teaching posts independently. Most local
authorities will only consider supply teachers who are signed up to an agency,
but sometimes smaller schools are more flexible in their approach. Although the
salary when working as a supply teacher for an agency is usually less you will
be guaranteed regular work and can determine the days you are available for
For many teachers the plus side of
supply teaching is two-fold firstly you are in control of the days that you are
available for work so for instance you can fit in hobbies or holidays to suit
you and your family, the second advantage is that you will not be responsible
for much of the paperwork that many teachers find onerous and time consuming
although some basic assessment at the end of a teaching day will usually be
teachers enjoying the first few weeks of the summer holiday, school is often
not far from their mind. This is the time when a lot of teachers start to plan
what they will be doing when they go back to school and think about how they
are going to organise their classroom.
If you are going into a new classroom or teaching a new year group then you may need to make more changes that usual to the room layout and displays. Leaving all this until the last minute can cause you to panic and run out of time. If you can, try and split your work load up in to one or two days a week so that you still have plenty of time to relax and enjoy yourself.
the year feeling like you are prepared can really help you get back in to the
swing of things and allow you to get a good head start. Preparation is key and
if you are struggling then make sure you sort out any issues you have well in
advance of starting back in September. Seating plans can help to get the new
class settled quickly even if you need to change it later on down the line.
a very rewarding job but it is by no means easy. If you want to be a teacher
then you need to be willing to put the hours in studying and once you have qualified,
the hard work doesn’t stop there.
There is so
much demand for teachers that if you work hard and prove yourself you can very
quickly move up the ladder taking on extra responsibilities such as becoming
head of year, or coordinator of a specific topic etc. With the population
increasing there is more demand than ever for schools which in turn means a
higher demand for teachers. Teaching has changed quite a bit over the last few
decades and some teachers have found these changes too stressful and feel that
the job is not what it uses to be. Schools are put under a lot of pressure to
ensure their students perform well and with Ofsted inspections becoming even
tighter, teachers need to be at the top of their game.
There are huge incentives to attract new people into teaching for example you could get a £26,000 bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. Studying certain subjects also allows you to get more funding.
Tiredness is something that we all experience at times, but for some people, it’s a daily problem.
Everyone knows that sleep is essential for maintaining health and for maximising productivity. It is hard to concentrate when all you can think about is bedtime! However, getting to bed at a reasonable time is difficult for many people. For pupils and students, they may be too busy socialising online, playing games or catching up with homework. For teachers, there may be other commitments – young children who wake during the night or household chores that need to be done.
It is important to try and tackle the issue of tiredness. That may mean reassessing the weekly schedule and trying to maximise the amount of time spent in bed. Even one early night a week, or a lie-in if you can negotiate with a partner or change plans, will make a difference and is a positive start to build upon gradually.
It’s difficult to encourage the children in your class to have more rest if you aren’t setting a good example. So do what you need to do to be an excellent role model when it comes to getting enough sleep.
Some people may find the statistics shocking but one in ten children between the ages of 5-16 have mental health issues that could be diagnosed. With this in mind, surely it is essential that are teacher are trained to not only notice the signs of this but also to educate child about mental health the same as they do relationships and sex education.
Mental health still has a stigma attached to it and therefore many young people will not openly talk about it or will admit when they have a problem. If we started to educate children from a younger age, then maybe it would become a more acceptable condition within society.
Many people think that people with mental health issues are all dangerous, but this is often not the case. Even people with illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are not proven to be dangerous in fact it is more the misuse of substances and alcohol that causes dangerous and violent behaviour.
Depression is one of the biggest mental health issues in the UK and still far too few people are aware of exactly what it is and how it can affect people in different ways. Often people with depression can be the types of people that we assume are always happy and would not be affected by illnesses such as this.