Recipe for the Perfect Supply Teacher by Gemma Hector

Winning entry!

To make the perfect supply teacher you will need:

Good rapport with children-essential indeed!

Just being good with children isn’t all,

A large helping of enthusiasm and flexible.


Good subject knowledge at a range of ages,

Know what’s expected throughout the key stages.

High expectations even if ‘you are just supply’

If work was better yesterday, you want to know why!


A Mary Poppins bag filled with mystery and intrigue,

With meaningful activities-no work sheets please!

Lashing of kindness, energy and oodles of care,

Follow behaviour policy and seen to be fair.


A degree in using photocopiers with a hundred functions,

A tough stomach for large caffeine consumptions.

Litres of cool, calm and collected,

Especially when on route and being re-directed!


Organised and punctual, arrive with a smile,

Dashing of creative and versatile.

There are many ingredients in this recipe,

Not just anyone can do this as you can see!


Gemma is Company Director at Apple A Day Supply

CPD for supply teachers

Free! The Five Ds

The Five Ds - Five little words supply teachers need!

Supply for Lunch

#SupplyChat Tuesdays 8.30-9pm

Supply Teacher Top Tip of the Week

Home of #NSTW

Supporting and Celebrating Supply Teachers

Supply Teacher Room 101

Have Bag, Will Travel

Have Bag, Will Travel: The trials and tribulations of a career supply teacher


Free! Otis Stickers

Free stickers for supply teachers

King / Twin En-Suite in family home, Penny Bridge

Cumbria, United Kingdom
We have a lovely guest room with en-suite bathroom. The room can be made as a double (extra king size) or as a twin (full size single beds). The bathroom has separate bath and shower. We are in So...

Takeover Thursday - Supply Teacher Network