Teacher blog featuring the latest news and thoughts about teaching and education.
Recruiting teachers, then getting them to stay in teaching, has become a serious problem. For a while the retention crisis didn’t get as much attention as deserved. Now the penny has dropped and a government response published: the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy.
Even as a supply teacher, it’s impossible to escape Ofsted’s influence. With a new and radical framework, we ask what Ofsted might mean to you in 2019.
A new calendar year can mark high staff absence. With more cover in, Airsupply ask what a school can do to support cover teachers.
Inclusion and supply. Two words which don’t sit neatly together. For a permanent member of staff inclusion can be a challenge. Making sure that every student is able to access, engage and make progress during a lesson takes time: you need to know your students and their needs. When you’re in a class for a short amount of time, inclusion becomes more tricky and no less important. The DANCE acronym can be a good first step to identifying need as a supply teacher.
Airsupply is delighted to announce it is joining forces with Supply Teachers Direct.
Following the announcement this week from the National Education Union the largest teaching union in the UK, teachers strike action by its members is looking extremely likely.
The Airsupply leadership team looks deeper at the impact of rising living costs within the broader economic picture. With recent government teacher pay announcements, inflationary pressures and tighter school budgets - what does all this mean for supply teachers? This one is not to be missed!
As a supply teacher, it is always handy to have a few extra activities up your sleeve just in case a lesson runs short. Having a few fun but purposeful activities which help consolidate children’s literacy or numeracy skills, or promote discussion, is a practical way to use additional time. If you ever find yourself with time to spare, here are some activities you could try with your classes.
What to take on a day of supply? There are a few things some teachers take along which we think are pretty clever. There are some essentials which you’ll need to bring. A form of identification, A DBS and other things which a school may have asked you to prepare. Below we list some of the more unusual items which some of our teachers take with them.
At Airsupply, we’re lucky enough to read lots of CVs. As schools might also catch a glimpse of your CV, we consider what you can do to make yours stand out from the crowd.
With schools facing another year without a funding increase, we look at some of the strategies being used to save money. "It has not been possible to fund additional pressures facing schools in 2018-19.” The news delivered by the DfE is sure to be frustrating for school leaders. Making additional savings on top of the huge job of running a school is no easy task. Here, we list some ideas used by schools we work with to try to tackle the funding challenge.