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What to expect when going from permanent teaching to supply teaching

Supply teaching for the first time, be that as a qualified teacher, teaching assistant, HLTA or cover supervisor, can be unknown territory for most. It may seem like a world of uncertainty, but with the right support, it doesn’t have to be! As expected, there are differences when going ..

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Seven ways to cut your lesson planning time

One of my favourite things about teaching is planning a lesson that I know will excite and engage my students. I love it. However, lesson planning should never take a lengthy amount of time for one good reason: you never know if it’s going to work. Whether you’ve been with your st ..

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My first supply teaching experience

Having been away from the education system for a number of years, it’s fair to say that I was somewhat apprehensive about what I had let myself in for with my new cover supervisor role. Perhaps you’re in the same position and heading into your first cover supervisor or supply teacher j ..

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Don’t fall behind the times – EdTech is the way forward!

Uber, Just Eat, Fiverr, Deliveroo, Shpock…On-demand apps are everything nowadays. The fast-paced world we live in wants instant gratification and options that are going to take the least amount of time out of our day. The Department for Education has released an EdTech Strategy  ..

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Behaviour management tips for supply teachers

Behaviour management comes with the territory of working in a school, whether you’re a permanent teacher, supply teacher, cover supervisor or supply teaching assistant – it’s unavoidable (as much as we wish otherwise)! Most schools will have regular teacher training days that include b ..

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The school funding crisis: balancing your budget

Funding in UK schools has reached a crisis level. With school budgets being reduced by 8% in real terms since 2010 (Institute for Fiscal Studies), headteachers are faced with daily challenges, searching for new ways to save money. A group of headteachers who formed the now grassroots ..

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Should I become a supply teacher?

More flexibility and a better work-life balance…It sounds good, doesn’t it? Have you found yourself considering becoming a supply teacher? It’s great that the world we live in is more understanding of mental-wellbeing, and supply teaching is an excellent way to give attention to ..

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How to invite more wildlife into your school

When you live or work around children, heading outside and ‘becoming one with nature’ (perhaps not that extreme!) can be a great deal of fun and educational – no matter what age you are. It’s vital we take steps to care for our planet, not to mention the creatures that live within it,  ..

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James Fazzani: Will the Early Career Framework Work?

The Department for Education (DfE) recently released a strategy, with support from the likes of the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT), highlighting the challenges relating to recruitment and retention of staff within UK schools. An article in The Educator ( ..

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A stress-free Christmas for headteachers and schools!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we all want to be relishing in it, especially as a hardworking headteacher or member of the school community. We want to be spending time with family, catching up with friends we’ve not seen in a while, Christmas carolling, watching movies, eat ..

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