Essential kit for a supply teacher moving from school to school

Paul Boyd

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Oh, to be Mary Poppins. Gliding to work sous le parapluie. Transforming the lives of children through song.

Enlisting the help of friendly Americans clearly masquerading as chimney sweeps. And of course, that handbag. It has everything she needs when she needs it, and when she’s done it all jumps back in the bag for her!

One of the challenges for a supply teacher is your nomadic lifestyle. No fixed abode to set up shop, never sure what resources will or will not be available when you arrive, and of course, remembering to take everything with you when you leave!

Supply teachers could benefit from a few items of essential kit to help keep their day running smoothly. All of the following can be picked online for a few quid, and it’s worth the investment.

The right bag (for you!)

I’m not about to give you style advice, but the right bag will save you a lot of hassle. You don’t want to be swimming about the bottom of some beautiful handbag or hipster rucksack trying to find your passport at a school reception when you’ve got five minutes to get to your first lesson of the day.

Use a bag that stores everything you need in an easy to locate place. The feeling of having your personal items organised will add to feelings of preparedness and confidence at the start of the day.

Supplt teaching bits

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About our Community Expert


Paul BPaul Boyd
Community Expert

Paul is an actor and English teacher from Northern Ireland. Alongside his acting career working in theatre, film and television across the UK, he also teaches in primary and secondary schools throughout London.

Paul provides performance coaching to both individual clients and businesses.


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