The ups and downs!

Last week we asked our Supply Teachers to let us know why they should be our ‘Teacher of the Half-Term’, one of our replies was more than that, it summed up perfectly the job/life of a supply teacher… and we loved it! Here is what Steve said…

“I could mention that in the several years I’ve been a member of EYPS I’ve taught long term, medium term, short term and emergency placements in dozens of schools in at least seven different LEAs from Darlington to Blyth and in year groups from Nursery to Year 6. I’ve given impromptu whole school assemblies when there’s been a flap on (there’s always a flap on!), won two competitions for schools; one of which resulted in a £500 prize for the school and an all expenses trip to London for the child and his family; on numerous occasions I have written lessons plans for an HLTA to cover a class and then taught a different one with 10 minutes’ notice; and climbed into the rafters of the classroom, in a blatant disregard for health and safety (and physical grace) in order to launch a parachuting teddy bear in an effort to demonstrate air resistance. I have stayed up until one in the morning making sports day flags to drum up support for a house that hasn’t won anything since 1973. In the line of duty I have dressed as (in alphabetical order, but not necessarily in order of preference): a monkey, a pirate, a robot, Santa’s helper, a scary scientist, and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. I’ve comforted a six year old child who was told by a father struggling with drug addiction that he didn’t want to see him any more; and been embraced by hundreds of children whose only reason for doing so was that I happened to be teaching in their school that day.

And I wouldn’t change a thing! I can vividly remember my interview with Mark so many years ago, my first Creative Day training session with Rachel and I really appreciated being invited to the ten year anniversary party last year. That was a good night! You have all made me feel at home and part of the team, and I look forward to working with everyone for as long as you’ll have me. Thanks for the assignments and all the really nice schools and people you have introduced me to (I know I ended that sentence with a preposition but ‘the schools to which you introduced me’ sounds too pompous – see, I teach literacy too!). Lol!”

Well Steve, we are very pleased you did register with us all those years ago and thank you for your kind words. We hope this shows that supply teaching isn’t such a bad thing, as it sometimes gets an unfair bad reputation. Any school would be lucky to have you, along with all of our other fantastic supply staff!

Keep up the good work.