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My Summer Holiday Planner Progress; 10 things I planned to do and how I’ve got on…

With only a week and a half left of the Summer holiday, I’ve rejuvenated enough to be able to summarise how I’ve got on with my Summer holiday planner; not quite as far ahead as it should be but I’m happy with the progress so far..

  1. Rest

Thought I’d start with this one because, after another intense teaching year, I really couldn’t much else. So I devoted two whole weeks in my Summer holiday planner to resting and recharging that ended up being 4! If you have been doing teaching or supply teaching full time and plan to do the same starting in September, make sure you’ve used some of this Summer holiday to rest. Do nothing, truly relish in switching yourself off completely as well as your alarms. Don’t feel guilty about rest time and lie-ins! Teaching is an intense job and we need to take time out for the mind and body to rest and recover!

  1. Prepare for the new academic year

One job I often end up leaving to the end of my Summer holiday planner is to prepare for the new academic year and this is my definite ‘to do’ job focus this week. Do the little things that will take time in September. If you have a full time position planned, spend some time updating your planner with your new timetable and finding out about your new students and any medical or educational needs. You may have assessments, projects, extension or support ideas in mind to plan and doing this when you are relaxed in the Summer holidays will save you time and stress later. Plan any displays or routines you want to establish with the new students. You might want to review your management of behavior and sanctions and rewards you intend to use.  Use this time to update your CV and add any additional positions and experience you have gained over the year. You may have completed additional training with your school or supply agency. We at Kent Supply Teachers offer training to all of our supply teachers.

  1. Organise home life.

All of these jobs were in the Summer holiday planner and I am pleased to say they are done!

Children’s uniform and new work outfits – bought ✓

Dog grooming and spaying – booked ✓

Signed up for online shopping for regular items and weekly list produced ✓

Dental and Optician check ups – done ✓

MOT complete and car servicing ✓

Dinner delivery service signed up to ✓

Progress going well for life chore completion so far; the aim is to get routines established so September is as automated as possible and home life ticks along smoothly this new academic year…

I’ve found that dinner delivery services and having regular groceries delivered can be a great help; these dinner delivery companies deliver fresh ingredients and step-by-step recipe cards to your door and time not only shopping but in thinking up ideas for dinner.  Other home admin jobs might involve arranging any childcare or pet sitters or ensuring any bills are sorted and letters responded to and you’ve used the time to sort and organize your home admin.

  1. Tidy up your digital life.

I always find my digital life hard to keep on top of when the academic year is in full swing and end up with hundreds of emails, many from automated email subscriptions.  An annual clean up of my digital life really does make a difference.

Still not so far with this one which was to empty all inboxes for work and personal emails and unsubscribe from newsletters that I’ve never read!  I struggle to remember passwords and often find myself wasting time online or on the phone resetting them, so I’m quite pleased that I’ve set myself up with a password manager that should hopefully solve this problem.  Keeper and Lastpass are some great examples although there are lots out there to choose from.

  1. Home Improvements

During the teaching term It’s hard to focus on those home improvements or DIY projects. Even just time for a spring clean is a luxury and always incredibly rewarding making you feel back in control of your home. I always find it really helps to have a space to work in at home so have taken the time this year to make the shed into a Summer house to use as an office.  If you don’t have a space for a desk anywhere, think outside the box for creating one! Depending on your house layout, under the stairs is a solution one of my teacher friends; a great use of space.  I also have friends who have used companies that offer some very impressive summer house solutions…

Painting the kitchen skirting boards and finishing the garden is still on the to do list..

  1. Take time to visit family and friends

I find it really difficult during term time to keep in contact with family and friends and this leaves me feeling really guilty. While I can, I’ve been making time for visits, nights out and plan trips or days visits with those you don’t get to see that often; I spread these across the Summer holiday planner this year.  This really does do wonders for the soul! Keep in touch with your colleagues from work too really helps; it will help when the start of the academic year begins again that you have links there.

  1. Earn more

A big focus over this holiday and one that might be particularly important for supply teachers is how we can earn more. Many teachers I know of have a side hustle.  For myself its been tutoring and a few website services.   If you have the time and feel well-rested, there are lots of ways of making some additional money in the Summer holiday. Try some of these, selling your teaching resources, Nursery or Community Care work, sell Usbourne books, Become a Prison educator or adult educator, tutoring, beauty products consultant, write an eBook on a subject or hobby, create an online course, teach a skill, sell products on Amazon, be a social media manager, a Facebook Ads Manager, Information Product Reseller, Ad-hoc customer service live chat agent, or a mystery shopper. You can find out more on this recent blog post, 20 ways of making money over the Summer holidays.

  1. Learn More

Quite often, as teachers who passionate about our subjects, we fail to get the time to build up our own learning. There are not only changes in the syllabus to keep up with but also changes and progress in our own subject areas too. Relish the time to read a new book, go on trips or visits or attend conferences or lectures. I’ve enjoyed being able to collect and jot down interesting facts I want to share with my students in lessons and through your displays.  I’m planning to do lots more of this in the next week!

  1. Reflect and evaluate

So often we ask the students to do this but very rarely do we take the time out to do this ourselves. It’s a great time when you’re relaxed to think about your strengths and weaknesses and make at least one new year academic resolution to keep to; what will I do differently in the New Year. Maybe plan some new strategies for behavior management? Perhaps devise some easy to use pupil centered tasks making some they work harder than you as a teacher in the Classroom!

  1. Be You!

One of the best bits of the holidays is taking time out to be me! Be yourself and do the things you enjoy in life. Maybe you have hobbies or interests you rarely get the time to pursue during term time. Perhaps there’s a hobby that you’ve always been interested in? Read a book, sign up for workshops, join online courses. I’m loving the extra time I’ve got to take my dog on long country walks and attending music festivals without the worry of the work that needs to be done. Visit garden centers, visit interesting places, have long lunches and relaxed conversations. Really embrace the time you have over the long Summer holiday to focus on the things that make you happy! You deserve it.

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A Level Results Day 2019; What happens next?

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A level results day is this Thursday 15th August 2019

What happens next?

Students will be collecting their A level results this Thursday and finding out where they are heading next. Many will be accepted into their chosen university course.  For others, some doors may close if they don’t get their expected results but many others will open and there are still many options for these students.

Schools will open early in the morning on Thursday for A Level results day for students to collect their results. The exam boards publish results from 6am.

Grade boundaries and UMS converters will also be available on exam board websites.

UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service will update their systems at 8am on Thursday so that students can review the courses on which they have been accepted. An unconditional offer means that a student has already been accepted.

If a student had not been accepted on a particular course, the UCAS system may also show an alternative offer which will show as a changed course offer.

What if A Level results day doesn’t go as planned?

Some students will unfortunately not be successful in their chosen courses and may want to consider clearing.

Clearing is the process UCAS uses to match applicants to university places that are yet to be filled and is another opportunity for those who have not got the grades required for their preferred course. This is done through the UCAS system and the application can be completed online.

It is also important to remember that a university or college course is not the only option for your future. Employment and apprenticeships or even starting your own business are all up for consideration too and you should consider carefully which is the right choice for you.

Best of Luck to all of those with their A level results this year!

GCSE results day is next Thursday 22nd August 2019.

Summer Jobs for Teachers

For some teachers, the summer holidays are an ideal opportunity to earn some extra day, summer jobs, summer holidays, make money, supply teacher, kent, maidstone, medwaymoney by doing a part-time or temporary Summer job. It is also a great opportunity to broaden your experience to add to your CV, learn some different skills or try out something completely new.  Many of the summer holiday jobs for teachers listed below are flexible and part-time, meaning that you can still have some much needed rest over the summer holidays. 

Here’s our guide to a few of the ideal summer holiday jobs for teachers you could try:

  • Dog Walking or Sitting

Dog walking is a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors and earn some extra cash at the same time for jobs. The demand for dog walkers is increasing in Britain and with many dog walkers themselves away on holiday at this time of the year, you could step in to help out. You can expect to earn up to £15 per hour in London and Kent. Similarly, demand is extremely high for dog-sitters during the summer and many sitters get booked up months in advance. For overnight stays in your home, you can earn around £20 per day, so imagine how this could add up with longer stays. You could try putting a message on social media asking friends to share your services with their friends, or you could register your details with an online company such as Dog Buddy or bark.com. Care.com is another great site which puts you in touch with people who are looking for the right dog-sitters and walkers for their pets.

  • Activity Camps

There are hundreds of children’s activity camps running over the summer in the UK and abroad. Working at one of these camps will not only bring in some extra money, but it will also give you more skills and experience in order to progress in your teaching career. Many of these camps take place in some beautiful locations so you have to the chance to travel and explore some new places, too. Some companies, such as PGL, allow you to choose how long you would like to work with them for, so you don’t have to give up your whole summer.  Try registering with PGL or USA summer camps, if you wouldn’t mind travelling a little further. To find local summer activity camps, look on your local government webpage in the “Children and Education” section for a list of activities for children outside of school; they are sure to be recruiting!

  • Private Tuition

The summer holidays are the perfect time to catch up with studies, meaning that often the demand for private tuition continues, even outside of term-time. Expect to earn between £25 and £40 an hour in London and the South East. The key is spreading the word about your services. You could, once again, rely on social media to drum up some business, or turn to established tuition companies such as Tutor Hunt or UKtutors.com. However, beware that they do charge a fee for finding business for you.

  • Mystery Shopping

If you love shopping, then being paid to shop could be the perfect choice of summer jobs for you!  This part-time job can fit in around your social calendar, meaning that you can still have time for your friends and family. You will need access to a computer to write up your reports, but these can be completed at a time that suits you. Try registering with marketforce.com or with mystery shopper expert Proinsight.

  • EBay or Gumtree and boot fairs

The summer holidays are always a good time to de-clutter your house and why not kill two birds with one stone by selling some of your unwanted items online or at a local boot fair. A typical Sunday morning boot fair can raise over £100; even more with the sale of electrical items. EBay and Gumtree are your best options for selling online with both offering easy platforms for taking pictures and writing descriptions from your mobile phones. Lookout for when EBay has reduced fees weeks and read the sales advice they give you. Uploading and subsequently sending each item can be quite a laborious task, but it’s worth it as you could earn enough for your holiday spending money!

  • Summer Jobs with Task Rabbit

Become a tasker with taskrabbit.co.uk by registering with them online. Task Rabbit is a company which matches demand for handiwork or simple household jobs with local people who can carry out the work. Helping out with home repairs could earn you, on average, £59 per job. Demand is particularly high in London and Kent, so you are sure to find some extra holiday work in these areas.

  • Write a Book

If writing is your strength then the long stretch of extra time over the summer holidays may be all you need to finish that novel you have been working on for months. True, it can be very difficult to get published but many authors are now self-publishing using the help of companies such as createspace.com. Their website has all the information you need and there are many handy tutorials on YouTube to guide you through the process.

  1. Teach English as a foreign language 

Teaching English as a foreign language abroad might be more like a working holiday. Choose your destination and research TEFL opportunities in the area. With tefl.org.uk, you can complete online courses, for around £250, which will mean that you are fully qualified to teach in TEFL certified schools all over the world. There are also opportunities to teach English as a foreign language in the UK. To find our more, look up TEFL summer camp jobsOISE Young Learners  and Oxford International Juniors.

  1. Exam marking

Exam marking usually takes place before the end of the summer term so, admittedly, this doesn’t exactly qualify as a summer holiday job. However, at many schools, the end of the summer term can be a quieter time of the year and you may not mind doing some extra marking during evenings and weekends if you know it means earning some extra money to spend during the summer holidays. You can expect to earn upwards of £500, depending on how much you offer to mark. It is also an excellent way to improve your subject knowledge and teaching skills and some schools even state that experience in examination marking is preferred when they advertise a teaching post. If this would suit you, register your interest with a variety of examination boards, such as AQA, Edexcel, OCR or WJEC.

  • Delivery driver

Delivery drivers are currently in huge demand due to the boom in online shopping. To reflect this, a number of companies have set up online recruitment platforms to allow you to earn some extra money by delivering goods for them. You can earn up to £120 with Deliveroo; all you need is a scooter or bike and a smartphone. Similarly, you could sign up with Amazon Flex, allowing you to work as an Amazon delivery driver on a self-employed basis. You can expect to earn £12-£14 per hour and you need to do your own tax return.

See our earlier post on 20 ways to make money

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20 Ideas for Making Money in the Summer Holidays

We’ve added 20 ideas for making money over the break until school starts again in the September.  One of the big downsides of supply work is when the schools close down for the summer holidays and you are left with 6 weeks of no work and no income.  These suggestions should keep you going until September.

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  1. Selling your teaching resources online can be a quick way of making money.  No doubt that working as a supply teacher you have produced lots and lots of resources! Why not earn money by selling these online? Sign up to both the Tes and Teachers pay teachers.
  2. Nursery or Community Care work.  Working parents will need additional childcare over the school holidays.  Try and Google local community care centres in your area and see what
  3. Sell Usbourne books.  Usbourne books are children’s books and offer support for you to resell their books through your own bookshop.  There are thousands of Independent Usborne Organisers across the UK.  They have a starter pack that you can sign up for to allow you to sell books at home, at toddler groups, pre-schools, schools, libraries, clubs, fêtes and fairs and online. They offer both free or discounted books. Usborne Publishing is respected as one of the top children’s publishers in the world. They give you the opportunity to share high quality children’s books and help you to develop a personalised bookselling service, passing on your knowledge, passion and advice on Usborne books.
  4. Become a Prison educator or adult educator. There are 124 prisons in the UK with 10-50 educators in each and roles needed include teachers and teaching assistants to offer learning support to offenders.  Many  have basic education skills functioning at primary school level.  Search for vacancies with your local council.
  5. During exam season, the exam boards will often advertise vacancies for examiners to mark examination papers. Check the exam board websites; AQA, Edexcel and OCR.
  6. Tutoring.  This can be done in person or online making tuition possible both locally and internationally. Try tutorhunt or First Tutors.
  7. Avon, Younique or Neal’s Yard consultant. Many beauty products often have a reseller or pyramid sales schemes where you can make money by selling their products. You can make plenty of money if you build up a big client base.
  8. Write an eBook on a subject or hobby you have.  Anyone can write and sell ebooks online. When you have created your ebook, format your ebook, proofread it, add a Cover that Sells, add your ebook to a website e.g. Amazon, promote your ebook, keep track of your sales. There’s never been a better time to self-publish and sell ebooks.
  9. Create an online course.  There are many all-in-one platform that makes it easy to create online courses, launch marketing campaigns, build landing pages, and design the perfect website. You can get started free for some too. Try Kajabi.
  10. Teach a Skill. If you have a hobby or something you are good at e.g. cooking, carpentry or knitting.
  11. Sell products on Amazon. Dropshipping allows online retailers to sell products that are manufactured and shipped by a manufacturer.  Instead of investing your money buying bulk inventory, like you would if you were wholesaling UK goods, you only pay for goods sold.  Oberlo is a popular site and offers support for budget-conscious, new e-commerce entrepreneurs.
  12. Arbritage betting is sports betting where you simultaneously place bets on all possible outcomes of an event at odds that guarantee profit, whatever the result of the event will be. These bets are also known as surebets, miraclebets, surewins or just arbs. There is some useful software online that you can use to help you identify good bets.
  13. Sell products on Amazon. You can buy or ship in products from China e.g. Alibaba.
  14. Starting a podcast isn’t difficult and there are many sites that will help you with topic ideas, podcast format, equipment selection, audio editing and submission to iTunes.  Try the podcast host.
  15. Social Media Manager. Many businesses are now making use of social media to promote their services or products but quite often don’t have the time or technical skills to manage their accounts.
  16. Facebook Ads Manager. Similar to number 15, advertising effectively on facebook can requires time and technical skills but can be learnt. If you’re experienced with facebook you can pick it up quickly. There are also many online tutorials to help you develop your skills.
  17. Information Product Reseller.  1,000’s of Private Label Rights (PLR) and Master Resale Rights (MRR) ebooks, Articles, Software and Videos, can be purchased and reselled to your customers.  First of all you buy the product, then you rebrand and resell it and make your own money. There are many sites that have these resell products for example www.plrproducts.com.
  18. Ad-hoc customer service live chat agent. This can also include moderating forums, chatting with customers, and managing communities. You can work from any private location with secure high-speed internet access. You select projects based on your own passions and schedule. Try Modsquad.com.
  19. Mystery Shopper.  Mystery shopping is a tool used by companies or regulatory institutions to measure the quality of service, compliance with regulation, or to audit the products and services available. As a mystery shopper you might be required to contact a call centre, access a website or make an enquiry on a social media page, visit a shop, purchase a product or have an advisor visit them at home. You will then be required to report back on your experience, providing video, audio or photographic evidence.
  20. Affiliate Marketing. Affiliate marketing is the process by which an affiliate earns a commission for marketing another person’s or company’s products. The affiliate simply searches for a product they enjoy, then promotes that product and earns a piece of the profit from each sale they make. There are lots of sites where you can sign up.

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Have a go at a few of these and see what works for you….. hopefully these ideas should keep you going over the Summer until the next academic year starts when our live vacancies will then be available on this site – Vacancies.

Exam Tips


Exam Tips- Preparing for an Exam

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  • Complete high practice revision

Exam Tips should start with revision.  Avoid just coping out notes you’ve already made in your lessons, or even making pretty flashcards and mind maps. Resources like this can be purchased on Amazon.

You need to complete high practice work so that your brain is actively engaged in the revision. Using memory techniques, making up songs and poems and mnemonics can by more effective than just reading.  Mostly get hold of as many past paper questions as possible and keep looking for the questions you can’t do and learn from them. Do whole past papers under timed conditions as you improve and practice writing quickly and accurately!

  •  Have a revision plan.

Write a good revision plan, and ensure you are regimented in following it.  Plan the subjects and topics you are going to cover each day – aim for three different ones.

  •  Use the support of others

Ask your teachers for support with any parts of the revision you are struggling. Members of your family can be useful in testing you on your the material as a change to revising on your own. You can also find a tutor; some of these are available online.

  •  If you just can’t understand something, rote learn it.

Sometimes, no matter what you do, you just don’t understand it. Learn it off by heart and just write the information down word for word.

  •  Look at Marking Schemes

Note down the key points from marking schemes of questions that recur frequently. Learn them!


Exam Tips – The day before

  • Get a Good night’s sleep

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Do not stay up late revising. Make sure you finish revision early the night before the examination and get some rest. If you go in to the exam too tired you will not be able to work effectively and solve any problems.

  • Eat healthily

Eat a balanced healthy meal with protein and carbohydrates as if you were preparing yourself for physical exercise such as a race. Keep well hydrated and eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Try a meal based on chicken, rice and fresh vegetables or salad.

Avoid unhealthy foods such as fried food, sweets, chocolate or energy drinks.  These will make you feel sluggish and lethargic.

  • Get the important facts into short-term memory.

Ensure you’ve complied an important facts sheet and look over this the day before and cram it into your short-term memory.  If not read the keypoints summary in a text book.

Read through the worked solutions for the last three years papers.

  • Get some exercise

Before the exam, get some exercise. Go to the gym, for a run or for a walk and get some fresh air into your lungs. Exercise is not only for your body but your brain too.


Exam Tips – The Exam Itself

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  • Read the Question

Reading the whole of every question and highlight or make notes of any key information that is in the text or hidden in diagrams is also important. Many questions lead you through a problem.

  • Time it right

Work out how many minutes you have for each mark and plan ea`ch question to stick to this time scale.  If it’s a 105 minute exam, and it’s marked out of 100, then on average you’ve got just under a minute for each mark.  If you spend too long on one question try and speed up on the next.

  • Do the questions you find easy first

Try and do these quickly and get the marks secure in the topic areas you can do. This will mean you’ve definitely completed questions you should get correct if time becomes tight and will give you a good confidence boost.

  • Questions you can’t do

If you get to a question that has you stuck, move on. But do make sure you come back at the end of the paper and write something in the gap. Never leave a blank!

  • Drink water slowly.

Take a bottle of water in and sip this slowly thoughouyt the exam.

  • Check it makes sense with mathematical questions.

When you have your final answer, double check it is not too big or too small and makes sense.

  • Write out explanations of each step in mathematical questions.

If you explain what you are doing in each step you can still get marks for these parts even if the final answer is wrong.

Don’t just write numbers in various places all over the page. This will make it very difficult for the examiner to give you any marks.

  • If you’re running out of time.

Do the first half of each question in bulletin points with juss the key ideas and words.

  • Never leave an exam early.

Hardly anyone, ever gets 100% on a paper so there is always something you can do to improve it.

  • Check through everything and add more detail.
  • Check calculations and that you pressed the right buttons and copied down the number correctly.
  • Check any units.
  • Check spellings.
  • Check you’ve not missed any useful information in the text, images or diagrams.

Subject Resources

Exam Key Dates & Timetables 

Good luck from Kent Supply Teachers!

Guide to getting a job marking exams from home

Becoming an examiner for an examination board is a useful source of extra income. In addition to this, it improves your own teaching practice, giving you extra knowledge and understanding to share with your pupils and colleagues.

By improving your understanding and application of the assessment requirements of a particular examination board, you can improve your own assessment practice and teaching objectives. Teachers who have marked examinations in their subject areas speak highly of the the extra insight they get into the exact skills required to do well in the various papers and how it has an extremely positive impact on the way they teach.

To become an examiner, you need to have current or recent experience in the subject you will be marking. You also need to have a teaching qualification or QTS and a high-level of subject expertise in the your specialist field.

The best way to secure a job as an examiner is to apply directly to the examination board. Many posts will already have been filled, but there are some subject areas for which markers are still required.

Here is a list of the main examination boards to contact:

GCSE and A level

https://www.aqa.org.uk/about-us/become-an-examiner-or-moderator/examiner-vacancies

https://www.ocr.org.uk/about/examiners-and-assessors

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/examiners-and-moderators/vacancies-for-examiners-and-moderators/

https://www.wjec.co.uk/appointees/examiner-moderator-vacancies/

Key Stage 2 Tests

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/support/support-for-you/teachers/work-with-us.html

Technical Qualifications

https://www.cityandguilds.com/delivering-our-qualifications/exams-and-admin/examiner-vacancies

 

Tutor Time Quiz 1-5 October 2018

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1. Who thinks they can do a better job of Brexit than Theresa May?
2. What name has been given to the beluga whale swimming in the Thames?
3. Which manager and football player were caught arguing on TV?
4. How tall was the tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi?
5. What is Theresa May planning for 2022?
6. What did a kayaker get slapped in the face with last week?
7. How many days did 18 year-old Aldi Adilang survive for on a drifting fishing hut in the Pacific Ocean?
8. What was Bristol University cleaner, Herman Gordon, given as a gift from students?
9. What has Kanye West changed his stage name to?
10. What surprising reason was given for a London train being delayed last week?

This week’s debate. Should Theresa May stick to the Chequers deal?

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YES

1. This deal, a plan for how the UK will leave the EU, was decided by May and her cabinet. Therefore, May has a duty to stick to it.

2. Free trade in the EU (no taxes on goods entering or leaving the UK) would benefit the UK and the EU.

3.When the majority of British people voted to leave the EU, they expected more control over immigration, so May must stick to additional checks at UK borders.

NO

1. We must work with our EU counterparts to come up with a deal that suits everyone even if this means changing some of the Chequers deal.

2. If there is no deal, the Bank of England has said that this could lead to job losses and businesses worry that it would make trade with other countries difficult.

3. The deal was put together by the Cabinet and not agreed in Parliament.

 

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Should we stay or should we go? The snowy trek to work.

The recent inclement weather has meant sledging heaven for children but decision-making hell for adults.

Headteachers are faced with the catch-22 situation of opening to meet the needs of teaching requirements and working parents or closing to ensure everyone’s saftey and avoid accidents.

As someone involved with schools, you have, most likely, had to face your own difficult decisions this week, Do I risk a treacherous journey, so that I don’t let my colleagues down, or should I be sensible and avoid travelling? That is a question which has, undoubtedly, been on the minds of many this week and I am sure we all agree that the drip-drip of the thaw outside is a welcome sound!

The BBC have published an interesting article which gives some insight into the impact of snow closures on schools:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21119186

Why supply teaching could be the right path for you.

Whether you are completely new to the teaching profession or have perhaps been teaching for several, or even, many years now, the flexibility offered by supply teaching is something worth considering.

Your life situation may mean that the hours of work which are normally required of a classroom teacher are simply not practical. For example, if you have young children at school, you may be looking for work which allows you to drop them off and pick them up. Supply teaching could be a way of balancing your teaching career with your family.