Recipe for the Perfect Supply Teacher by Katie Buckle


* 1 x good alarm clock to ensure you are up and ready to take emergency early morning calls

* 1 x smile ready to greet the contact at the school – a smile goes a long way and leaves a great lasting impression

*1 x SAT NAV to help find new schools (alternatively a street atlas or bus timetable if on public transport)

* 1 x large helping of enthusiasm

* 1 x case/tub/car full of ready-to-go activities for multiple age / grade / ability levels

* 1 x folder with DBS and photo ID

* A large portion of flexibility

* 1 x phone – so where possible you can speak to the school to get an idea of what planning is required.

* A tonne of reliability

* 1 x fridge full of ingredients to make your sandwiches ready to dash out the door.

* 1 x box of tea bags – (ensuring you won’t go without if there none around)

* 1 x another BIG smile ready for the end of the day when you leave the school (they will remember you) 

* Lots of honesty – ready to let the agency know which schools you enjoy and which you don’t (this will always help to

learn which schools you are better suited to (or not)

* A great big helping of awareness – ensure you make yourself aware of the schools behaviour policies


* Register with an agency that comes well recommended and will look after you throughout the supply process

* Listen and interact with other supply teachers through great social media sites such as!!

* Keep your training topped up

* Mix all ingredients evenly and over time your recipe will make you the perfect supply teacher!!!

Katie works with Provide Education in Yorkshire



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