Give yourself plenty of time to get to schools- it doesn’t give a good impression if you turn up late!
Be friendly to everyone right from the start.
Be efficient- if you need to get your timesheet signed then get it signed before you leave.
A lot of primary schools require you to mark the work before you leave, make sure you ask what the marking policy is and get everything marked to a high standard.
Follow the lesson plans if they have been set- the class teacher has set the work for a reason so make sure it has been done.
Leave information on how the day went and what work has been completed for the class teacher.
If there is time at the start of the day get as much information on the pupils in your lessons as possible, especially surrounding SEN and whether there will be teaching assistants present.
Always ensure that you keep teaching assistants engaged and involved in lessons. Remember they are just as important as you. Quite often they will report back to the cover coordinator about your lesson.
Always leave the classroom tidy- but don’t mess too much with the teacher’s desk.
Be aware of the school’s policy regarding rewards and sanctions. Each school has different systems in place so it’s important you know how to recognise and act upon good/ bad behaviour in line with the ‘normal school way’.
Be prepared- technology sometimes fails to work, so always have a backup!
Try to learn names and make use of them during the lesson.
Thank the cover coordinator for your day and tell them how much you enjoyed it!
Bring a sense of humour to school and a thick skin, remember some pupils don’t cope with change very well.
Remember the names of the headteacher and senior leadership and refer to them if necessary, during the lesson.
Always carry your own board pen!
Be confident- if a school thinks they can leave you to get on with it, without having to fuss around with you, they are more likely to ask you to come back.
Don’t rely on schools for all resources. Some don’t have a huge budget, especially primary schools so if you are on a longer-term assignment, make sure you’re aware of available resources.
We currently have supply teaching and classroom cover jobs available across Yorkshire in both primary and secondary schools.
If you want to know more about supply teaching, make sure you get in touch on 01904 481800.