Once you’ve made the decision, for whatever reason, to do supply teaching the most important question is how to actually get work? A quick google search will bring up any number of supply teaching agencies operating in your area but there is no guarantee that any of them will get you work. It would be tempting to sign up with all of them but this is would increase the amount of work you get and may actually be counterproductive. Agencies in a particular area tend to know each other and will soon suss out whether you are signed up with multiple agencies. Meaning they will contact those on their books who they know are more likely to be available rather than those who might not. So how do you get more work?
I’ve long been a fan of TED, and TEDx but this was the first time that someone who I consider a friend was giving one of the talks.
Educationalist and freelance Writer Ken Powell gave the talk at the most recent TEDx Whitehaven event earlier this year. His theme was ‘Why we need to embrace the Global Village’
Ken started his talk wearing a skirt. Which, to be honest, when he confided via Facebook that he was going to do this I was a little concerned. Was it just a gimmick? Would the message, or theme of his talk be over shadowed by his choice of apparel? Needless to say I needed have worried, and probably should have known better.
What follows is the text of an article I wrote back in 2012 which was published by The Guardian’s Teacher Network. It offered my own, personal, view of supply teacher in Greater Manchester. The article was aimed at NQTs but other experienced teachers who are just going into supply teaching for the first time might also find some of the information useful. I intend to update this article at some point as well as writing articles on more specific issues for supply teachers including the use of umbrella companies by agencies to pay their workers. (more…)
I knew that it might be sometime before I got to write the next part of the Life of (Raspberry) Pi but didn’t think it would be quite this long.
I’ve hit a few problems although we live in a technology rich house (three laptops, two (working) Risc OS machines a mac mini and more printers and monitors than you could shake a stick at) what we don’t seem to have is a monitor which can connect to the Raspberry Pi.