Supply Teachers' Survival Guide

Supply Teachers' Survival Guide

by Glen Segell

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Overview

Supply,or substitute teachers are increasingly essential to the education system, yet they all too rarely receive adequate support or specific training. Here, experienced British substitute teacher Glen Segell provides a practical handbook covering all those things that he wished he'd been told and has had to learn for himself. This constructive and accessible book will make life more enjoyable for substitute teachers and their work more effective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781858562810
Publisher: Trentham Books Limited
Publication date: 02/28/2002
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Chapter 1The difference between supply teaching and a regular post1
New Labour, the Third Way and supply teachers3
Why you would want to be a supply teacher and why a school needs you5
What it means to become a supply teacher6
How many supply teachers are there?8
Availability and frequency of supply work9
Long term or short term assignments?10
Permanent and newly qualified teacher positions11
Government expectations of supply teachers12
Quality control of supply teachers13
Keeping up with curriculum changes and professional development13
Keys skills needed to be a supply teacher14
What do others think of supply teachers?16
Chapter 2Making the Jump17
How to become a supply teacher18
Qualified Teacher Status19
Non-UK trained teacher19
Alternative routes to attaining teacher status to become a supply teacher20
Employment criteria for UK newly qualified teachers (NQTs)21
Employment checks22
Work permits for overseas trained teachers23
Employment options25
Employment in England26
Supply teaching in Wales and Northern Ireland26
Supply teaching in Scotland27
Threshold payments for supply teachers28
Employment through a supply teacher agency29
Your own supply teacher agency31
Local Education Authority supply teacher agencies32
Dealing with a supply teacher agency consultant35
Chapter 3The Nomadic Lifestyle: your position as a supply teacher37
Questions to ask before taking an assignment38
Obligations on accepting an assignment43
Termination of a supply teaching assignment44
Entry to the school premises45
Returns on efforts--wages45
Tax issues for travel expenditure and other work-based claims47
Keeping employment records48
How much should you be paid?48
Pensions and retirement49
Restriction on future employment50
Your personal insurance, and various liability insurances50
Registration with the General Teaching Council51
Warning--the worst case scenario of the nomadic lifestyle51
The staff-room--your sanctuary, your office, your home away from home54
Dos and don'ts in the staff-room55
Traits of a supply teacher56
What makes a good supply teacher?57
Chapter 4The Education System59
Terms, teaching days, INSET and holidays60
Nursery schools and childcare centres61
Primary and secondary schools62
The range of schools63
Bilingual children64
Special educational needs schools (SEN)64
Beacon schools65
Education Action Zones (EAZ)65
Excellence in Cities (EiC)66
Specialist schools and colleges69
Other situations69
Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)71
Chapter 5The Syllabus73
The National Curriculum74
Exceptions to the National Curriculum74
A whole school policy for homework76
Health and safety76
The National Literacy Strategy and the National Numeracy Strategy77
Key Stages 1 and 2 planning77
Key Stages 1 and 2 reporting78
Key Stages 1 and 2 target setting78
Key Stages 1 and 2 Religious education79
Sex and drug education80
Homework81
Key Stages 3 and 4 planning82
Key Stages 3 and 4 reporting and target setting82
Secondary school Religious education83
Secondary school Careers education84
Possible modifications at Key Stage 484
Chapter 6The School and the Classroom87
Who is in charge when you arrive and what do you do89
The school administrator--success starts at the top89
Encouraging best practice in the school: am I wanted back, do I get feedback?90
The substance of supply teaching91
The students' perspective on supply teachers93
Classroom survival tips94
Build a school checklist100
Classroom checklist103
Postscript105
Terminology and Acronyms107
Contacts119
Supply Teaching Agencies of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation120
North West120
East120
North East121
South West122
Midlands122
South123
London124
Index127

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