I'm about to become a supply teacher....so I bought all the things

punky pins

I left school almost 20 years ago, but I still remember the excitement of getting a new school bag. So, when I got booked for a day's supply teaching, I knew I'd have to treat myself to a 'supply teacher' appropriate bag. It came with the toucan patch, but I added the Punky Pins after they were sent to me to review (review sounds silly, they're pins, but you know what I mean).

I used to be a primary teacher, perhaps 8 years ago now. If you want to learn more you can read about in these old blog posts:


10 things I learned from being a teacher and What was the final straw that made me leave teaching?

I completed a 4 year degree in teaching, including a placement in Arizona, and summer camp teaching in New York. I taught in London for about 2 years, and then I became a secondary school librarian. Then I quit it all, and started my own business. Fast forward to over 7 years of self employment, and I fancied dipping my toe back into the education world.

So I've decided to supply.


This could well be a fantastic idea, or a terrible one, but worth a try I reckon! Some of my old colleagues who left education have also returned to long term supply, and they're loving it, and if I don't like it, I don't have to continue, right?

Me, being me, it's been a great excuse to buy some stuff, and get organised. 

supply teaching supplies

Of course I printed personalised labels with my name on. Of course I ordered a personalised marking stamp. 

book for supply teaching
supply teaching stickers

I've used it as the excuse to buy new books, and I started with Ada Twist, Scientist, as a the ideal filler story. Off the back of it, you can work on rhyming pattern, a research project on Ada Lovelace, science explorations with any questions we can come up with etc. I also bought a billion stickers, as children just never get tired of them. They're great rewards. The pug ball is great for controlling who talks, or who has a go next, when you throw her around the room.

supply teacher note

I'm so extra that I designed my own note to leave the teacher, because why not do what makes us happy, right?

Now, after all the faffing, the day has finally arrived, tomorrow I'm due to do my first day's supply. I'll be very nervous, I'm so out of the game I've long forgotten all of the rules. But I'll focusing on turning up, and seeing what happens. Wish me luck.