back to blogs

5 Daily Survival Tips for TA's

About over 2 years ago By Emma Tweney

Pe Website Blog 05

​Emma gives us her top five tips to make your day in daily supply run as smoothly as possible

Let’s face it, going into a new school is pretty daunting, particularly when doing ‘day to day’ work. No two schools are the same and when one is like working in a sanctuary, another could be sending you running for the hills. It can be stressful enough just getting to the school, let alone the day there itself.

So here are 5 daily survival tips to help you through the day:

1. Always have lunch prepared! If you’re doing ‘day to day’, you can never guarantee that you’ll be able to go out and find somewhere to have lunch or that you’ll even get a decent amount of time for a break. Some staff areas are pretty bleak as well so always take your own cutlery etc.

2. Check your own route to the school. Even if you’ve been given directions, it would be worth the extra 5 minutes to get a solid bearing of where you are going. I’ve had some dodgy directions in the past, so it’s best, even in a rush, to take time to find a solid route!

3. Pack a bag the night before. I was always rubbish at doing this, but it makes life much easier if you get a phone call first thing and you’ve got to dash.

4. Wear a watch! You may be sent to a room to laminate every piece of work known to man where you’ll lose all concept of time.

5. Get a rough timetable for the day. You’ll find that breaking the day up into chunks (as little time markers) helps the day go a lot quicker when you’ve got something to aim for.

If it’s been a bad day (the kind where it feels like it’ll never end and you’re miffed because the naughty kid in class kicked you in the shin) then take 5 minutes when you’re home to just breathe. Have a stretch, put on some music, maybe dance around a bit and expel all the tension. Tomorrow is new day and a fresh start…

My Protocol Homepage
21 Oct 21, by Scott Owen

Coming Soon, myProtocol. Your New Candidate Portal

​In November, we will be launching our new candidate portal, myProtocol.myProtocol will become your go-to destination to run all aspects...

Read More
Client Webinars
19 Oct 21, by Scott

Our Client Webinars

​Please find details of our upcoming and past webinars for schools below. Our school webinars series cover a wide range...

Read More
Image of blonde former teacher smiling, having found an alternative job
18 Oct 21, by Alex Schulte

Ex-Educators Tell All: How 2 Teachers Found Happiness in Alternative Jobs

​Teaching is a special occupation. That’s why education will always be a hot button issue for parents and politicians alike,...

Read More
Inclusive practice in a classroom: a teacher helps a boy with Downs syndrome use a microscope
07 Oct 21, by Alex Schulte

How Supply Teachers Can Use Inclusive Practice to Make Lessons More Accessible

​Even if you’re not familiar with the phrase ‘inclusive practice’, you will almost certainly have had to work according to...

Read More
I Stock 000067946649 Large
05 Oct 21, by Alex Schulte

Celebrate World Teachers' Day with These 4 Inspiring Stories of Exceptional Educators

The most sacred date in the Protocol Education calendar is finally here again: It’s World Teachers' Day! Millions of people...

Read More
4 Ways That Hiring Recent Graduates Could Benefit Your School
28 Sep 21, by Alex Schulte

4 Ways That Hiring Recent Graduates Could Benefit Your School

​Experience is surely a top priority for any senior leader when recruiting for a new teacher. Schools naturally want to...

Read More
I Stock 1132124550 Min
10 Sep 21, by Alex Schulte

Start The Year Healthy and Happy: Mental and Emotional Wellbeing Tips for Teachers

​We hope you have enjoyed a successful start to the new term following a relaxing summer break. The return to...

Read More
I Stock 674596436 Min
07 Sep 21, by Alex Schulte

Everything We Learned From The First Year of the National Tutoring Programme

Last year, the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) delivered 90 million hours of tutoring to disadvantaged pupils in need of extra...

Read More
National Tutoring Programme, NTP, Tuition, One-to-one Tuition. Small Group Tuition, Tuition Specialists
07 Sep 21, by Scott Owen

The National Tutoring Programme Year 2: Protocol Education Selected as a Tuition Partner

​Protocol Education is an official Tuition Partner for the second year of The National Tutoring Programme  Protocol Education has successfully been...

Read More
Books, National Read a Book Day, International Literacy Day, Reading for Pleasure, Pupil wellbeing
07 Sep 21, by Scott Owen

How reading for pleasure can improve the mental health of your pupils

​During this week, the National Read a Book, Youth Mental Health and International Literacy Days take place. The three make...

Read More
Sen Pupil
01 Sep 21, by Scott Owen

All The Top Skills You Need To Teach In Special Needs Schools

​Increasing numbers of pupils have been identified as having Special Educational NeedsAccording to DFE figures released in June 2021, the...

Read More
How Supply Teachers Can Earn More Money And Grow Their Careers
19 Aug 21, by Alex Schulte

How Supply Teachers Can Earn More Money And Grow In Their Careers

​Supply teachers play a vital role in keeping schools running and preventing disruption to pupils’ education. From the perspective of...

Read More
Daily Supply Teacher
05 Aug 21,by

​4 Must-Have Qualities of a Successful Daily Supply Teacher

​The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown the crucial work of daily supply teachers into sharp relief. Through all the last year’s...

Read More
Untitled Design (16)
19 Jul 21, by Scott

Our Educator Webinars

​Please find details of our upcoming and past webinars for educators below. Our educator webinars series cover a wide range...

Read More
One to one tutoring in-class with National Tutoring Programme tuition sessions
19 Jul 21, by Scott Owen

​How to Become a National Tutoring Programme Tutor (and Why You Should)

The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) has proved to be a successful and popular response to the impact of lockdown on...

Read More