Monday, September 14, 2009

Supply Teaching in London: How To Prepare For the Unexpected

I've written a few posts about supply teaching (aka TOC, daily supply, substitute teaching, relief teaching, cover teaching) in London schools and how to survive and succeed.

Most teachers who first arrive in London start out in supply teaching, get to know the schools and then find themselves in a long term position (aka LTO, Long Term Occassional, Full Time Contract, Long Term Contract).  It takes anywhere from one day to a whole year, depending on your skills as a teacher and your ability to mix & mingle with school staff.  Your interview skills, how you teach, your subject knowledge, how prepared you seem to be and your behaviour management skills are all big factors in landing that dream job in London.

So, how do you survive as a Supply Teacher in London?
Here are some great resources to get you started:
  • TES Forum - My Supply Pack - a discussion thread about what to bring with you in daily supply teaching at various schools (thanks to Ann for pointing it out).
  • A Simple Guide to Supply Teaching in London - my step-by-step guide to help you succeed in primary, secondary and SEN supply teaching.
  • Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians - 110 page ebook written by yours truly, originally for Canadians and I'm still working on the American edition (sorry for my neighbours to the South, I will get it ready for publishing soon I promise!)
  • How to Survive Your Worst Teaching Day -  Because it will happen to you and what will you do?
  • Teachers TV - watch all the videos about daily supply teaching. As of today, there are 117 videos online and free for you to watch about supply teaching in UK schools.  By far, the best way to learn about what it's really like!
What about you?  Any other advice you'd care to share here with our readers?  Any specific issues you would like me to address here?  Don't be shy! Share your thoughts below.

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