What's your reason for choosing supply teaching? Was it because you were looking for something different? Taking a break? Work-life balance? Trying new things? Hannah shares her reasons why.
There are many reasons why teachers might choose to do supply work. For me, supply was the perfect option between university and a permanent position, then because I was teaching abroad in a new country and most recently because my permanent position became too stressful. Each time supply teaching gave me the flexibility I needed.
Supply can be a fantastic opportunity to try new things. There may be a particular lesson that you observed in one school and would like to try in another. For me, I do this all the time. When planning is provided and I like the lesson, I will remember it to take it elsewhere. Sometimes it works just as well, sometimes worse, and sometimes better! I have found that the more I keep trying it and changing it to suit me, the easier it is to use it in different contexts.
Another opportunity through supply is to try a different area of teaching. I am primary trained, but through supply I have been offered work in EYFS, Secondary and SEN too. If you are wondering whether you might be better suited to a different area of teaching, supply is a fantastic way to find out. You may only want half a day to start with, as it may be well outside of your experience and comfort, but if you enjoy it you could find yourself there for much longer.
If you don’t enjoy it, it is much easier to get out of a supply booking than a permanent position, and you will know that you’re better suited to what you already know. When in Secondary, I was amazed (and relieved) at the difference in schedules between teachers. In the end I did conclude I was better suited to Primary, but I have a better understanding of the differences in schools from it.
I love having work in Nursery, although it’s not what I was specifically trained in. I would not want a permanent place in Nursery, but it’s perfect for me for supply. I have learned that I really enjoy the age group and the activities, and I wouldn’t know that without doing supply work. I would fully encourage all teachers that would be interested in other areas in teaching to give it a go.
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