Teachers for Supply

Supply Teachers Blog

Page 2 of 49

How is teaching going to be different if the schools reopen?

With Borris announcing that many of the primary schools will start to open there doors to some pupils from the 1st of June, many teachers are wondering how this is going to work. Schools are going to be expected to socially distance children from each other as much as possible and the whole day is going to run very differently. They will not be able to share equipment and work closely with others like they used to and start and end times are likely to be staggered. They will also do a lot of learning outside and may be split into smaller classes to be taught. It is likely that not all parents will want their children to go back to school when the schools first open so it is going to be difficult for the teachers to know exactly how many children they are going to be catering for.

When it comes to planning it is going to require a lot more time to ensure that social distancing is met but there is still a good educational value for the children. Teachers will want to follow the guidelines but also ensure that children are happy and learning.

How to make maths lessons fun

With most of the UK school children on lockdown, many parents and carers are having to turn their hand to teaching. This is a huge as of people that have no teaching experience and often struggle to get their children to sit still and concentrate like they do at school.

When it comes to maths or any lesson, it is important to try and make it fun. This will help keep the children’s interest and also help them take in what is being taught better.

Maths is one of those subjects that pupils either love or hate and this often comes down to whether they are good at it or not. Maths is a very important subject to do and is one of the main ones that you will use throughout your daily life.

For many students they simply find maths boring and therefore do not want to learn. When teaching younger children, you can often make maths fun by making the tasks more physical. So rather than being sat down working their way through a written task, why not go outside and use hop scotch as a way of counting. This not only gives the children a bit of excitement but will also help them to remember what is being taught.

Working as a supply teacher in a new school

It can be quite stressful when you have the call to go into a new school to cover a teacher’s absence for some reason even if you are an experienced supply teacher. When you are going into a familiar setting you usually know the other staff and the normal daily routines such as assembly and break times however in a new school everything is unfamiliar, and it can lead to feelings of anxiety.

Forward planning is vital so that when you are offered work in a new school you can confidently accept the work.

By looking on the school website, a requirement of all schools, you can see the school staff and make sure you know the names of the senior staff members and the school administrator, often your first point of contact. The website might also give you information about the daily routines and school rules making you feel more prepared when you are standing in front of the class you are teaching. It is useful to find out if you will have any additional support in the classroom as teaching assistants are an invaluable help when navigating the routines. They will also be able to help with classroom organisation such as seating plans and will be able to make you aware of any children who will need extra support in class.

First job after finishing school, college or university

Over the last decade there has been some big changes in the education industry. In 2015 the law was changed to state that children were required to participation in some form of education or training until the school year in which the child turns 18.

People start their first job at a variety of ages. Some people chose to start work straight after their GCSE’s, as soon as they are legally old enough to do so, whilst others may not actually start looking for work until they have been to university and possible even taken a gap year.

Choosing which career path to take must be decided based on your own personal circumstances and career that you wish to go into. Some professions require you to have a degree in which case you will have to do some sort of education whether it be open university, traditional uni or on the job training. Other professions are more flexible and will accept people who are self taught with some experience if they show knowledge and willing.  There is no set right or wrong time, everyone is different and many will follow different routes. if you are looking for teaching jobs then these are normally advertised in local papers, government /local authority websites and specialist sites such as TES and you will need to have done your PGCE to apply.

Finding a school that suits your teaching style

If you are a teacher looking for work then not only do you need to find a school that is within your geographical location that has an opening, but also one that suits your teaching style.

Many schools have quite a lot of say over how they are run and therefore you might find that the policies and procedures at one school differ quite drastically from another.  IF for example you are used to working in schools in rural areas, then you may find that switching to work in a school in an urban area is quite different.

When looking to apply for a teaching job be sure to read all the recent Ofsted reports that are available and have a good look through their website and recent news. You should be able to find policies on the school’s website about their ethos and what they expect from their pupils. This information should give you a good overview of the setting, but it may be that you do not get a real feel for it until you are invited in for an interview. At this stage you can ask any questions you may have and take the opportunity to have a good look around the school.

« Older posts Newer posts »