Recipe for the Perfect Supply Teacher by Kate Wright

Take one passionate and educational person. Add a good few years of University and allow to grow and flourish in a classroom for some teaching practice.

Once this has ‘proved’ enough to allow a graduation hat to be thrown high in the air... Failure to do this may require starting at step one, so please follow the first procedure carefully to allow success.

This part of the mixture now needs to meet a supportive school to continue to grow,

Now we need to add some children into the mix(ture) 25 – 30 is a good number, add a colourful classroom that can also continue to grow in colour. Make sure the mixture is supported and guided throughout the induction period, nurturing and assisting as required Mould and shape into place. Once this is done add 500g of passion, a 100ml of kindness, 300ml of sensitivity, a good shake of life experiences then mix and allow to grow further. Chocolate sometimes helps as does a small glass of red wine (but only after 8pm and before 10pm otherwise the mix may struggle to grow)

Once the beautiful mixture turns bubbly, happy, experienced and knowledgeable, we begin to see our teacher grow into something very special. Leave to work for several years and then allow this teacher to move into a different school environment to grow further.

Once fully grown and the passion, knowledge and desire begins to ooze over the top then join (Agency Name) who will add the sprinkles onto the top and there you have the perfect supply teacher!


Kate is Director and Education Consultant at Top Class Education

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