Schools that have pupils with challenging and energetic behaviour tend to use more supply teachers, so naturally NQTs will need to have the skills to teach in a challenging and sometimes stressful school environment.
These skills will develop over time for less experienced teachers and the agency should work with you to ensure that you are placed in to schools that suit your teaching style and skills.
There are some key issues that supply teachers encounter when teaching in a new school for the first time:
- A lack of knowledge of the school's behaviour policy, making it difficult for NQTs to discipline pupils
- Limited information on pupils that you will be teaching
- Unable to follow up any work that you have set
- Some teachers struggle to pick up on 'staffroom politics' and the 'way things are done'
When working as a supply teacher the benefits clearly way out the negatives.
Once you know what difficulties can arise you can over come them with the help and support from your recruitment agency consultant.
The most important thing to do is communicate with people. Find out what the behaviour policies are, the more information about the pupils you will be teaching the better. Also become friendly with some permanent staff who can show you the ropes around the school. Its all about being personable so that you can get the support you need.